itman']From what I've read so far, I want a Nforce2 chipset, and I usually buy Asus boards. So their Nforce2 board at Newegg is THIS ONE.
BTW, if anyone has memory recommendations, please let me know. And if you have a similar setup to this, and it has worked well for you, let me know what your setup is. Thanks.
I have the same exact board (from NewEgg also) and CPU running now for over 6 months without any problems. Like yourself, I also have 4 optical drives attached to it, but NEC/Benq/AOpen internal, LiteOn external (beige didn't match the black ). I have the HD on a Promise controller since I wanted to use the onboard controller for the ODDs. All except the IDE drivers from nVidia were installed. I also have 1394 and Hauppauge PCI cards installed, so that only leaves 2 PCI slots open (one next to AGP is not completely blocked, but didn't want to put any card there to block the fan on the GPU). One DIMM is still unused, but I don't see any need to get past 1-GB for my needs.
When I had moved the HD from the onboard to Promise controller, WXP had no problems in redetecting the change and adjusted it accordingly. I was able to OC the XP2500+ to XP3200+ briefly, even though the production date indicated locked multipliers; BIOS allowed up to 14x, IIRC.
Granted, it's not always on, but I can't complain about the quality it has served me. I did find it odd that the P4 4-plug power wasn't required. One factor that led me to this board was the placement of the IDE and power plugs, which from reading dozen reviews beforehand, they seem to be in the ideal area.