So I was going to order a motherboard and athlon 64 3000 tonight from newegg (currently running a couple of athlon xp systems). So I figured that I would check fry's and microcenter first to see whats on sale. Microcenter has an abit ax8 on clearance for 28$ so I jump on it. I figure I can return it if I check it out further and its not what I like.
So I get home and realize the piece of crap only has 2 pci slots and 3 pcie X1 slots (I misread the box). That going to make it hard to run a second pci video card for tv output, a tuner card, a sound card and perhaps a raid card.
Also, it doesn't support athlon x2 cpu's (which would have been a big future upgrade issue with an expensive board).
It does have dual 2 channel sata raid (so 4 but in pairs).
It has 3 pata channels so 6 opticals (SWEEEETTTT), but my cases only take 4 each so 4 opticals and 2 pata drives (non raid).
I do still have the two athlon xp systems so maybe I could work something out on the tv output/tuner thing.
Its within my budget to spend 150$ on a motherboard to get exactlly what I want but its quite tempting to give this one a run (for only 28$). Any thoughts on this motherboard or opinions on what to do? What would you do?