Strangely enough, I've come to realize that I understand and know a LOT about just about everything that is ATTACHED to the motherboard. But I know next to nothing about the motherboard itself. I know how to recognize whether or not it will have the right slots and where everything gets hooked etc. I guess what I'm asking is, what makes a motherboard good as compared to another one? What do some mobos offer that others don't? What should I look for when I'm buying one? Is there one particular brand or design that best? Bear in mind that I'm not suggesting that I'll skimp on buying the best one I can. I figure it's good practice to avoid cheap pieces of 5h17.