Thanks for the great info, here are a couple boards I was looking at last spring but might be new stuff out now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130082http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128321
I bought there before, but just using them for an example.
I had planned on just going barebones because I have to buy everything like cpu, memory, board, drive, GPU, OS....all at once instead of part of it. I have IDE/AGP. It seemed like one could pay more for a C2D and get the slowest cpu then go much faster on cpu/mem later than AMD could....though my AMDs have served me well all three of them.
Have a cable modem onto a firewall router, then to a hub and to most of the PCs. I have good surge strips on all of them...been there done that.
I have bought some older games I need to run on it, but no new ones I don't have time to play the good old ones only in winter. Think newest for example is Starwars battlefront II so I don't need to go hogwild ahead of that for video. Was thinking a cheaper SLI and I could add a second for good performance in a year or so?
Mostly I just need to access some older IDE, I toyed with the idea of the nvida raid where I could raid the older IDE but use mostly for storage. I have raid on this machine with 2 IDE and after a couple months it died and I was hot. It was striped and windows just didn't see it anymore, it would for a bit and then not work. Got most of my stuff off it, drives were new and good, put it back on there as mirrored and it has worked fine since so I don't get it. Its a promise on the board, an Iwill MB. It has worked good for the most part, bios died once and they sent a new chip. It will freak out if you turn it off and back on or on quick after the power to it is turned on...and not boot. It must need to stabilize. I have another power center on it I turn it off when not in use.
Not sure what OS to go with either, but need peer to peer here. I have to move stuff here in house so not sure, might just use for games and this one for the net. Just network it for loading patches and stuff and keep it offline. I don't do those games.