I'm trying to put together a PC for son - could sure use some help as i know nothing about PC's or even worse, DAW's. He's very keen on being able to record his electric guitar on it, so this the performance priority for the PC ( sort of an ' all purpose " low - end DAW PC ) So, far I've only locked in only a couple of specs; - AMD 939 platform - Athlon 63 3200 CPU - Antec SLK 3000 case - Enermax 475w PSU - getting a M-Audio 2496 Audiophile sound card * * I chose the 2496 because my son's 14 and only been playing for about 2 years - thought it was a good 'starter' sound card. My problem...which mobo to get ? - he's not a heavy gamer at all ( only NHL, NBA , Madden etc, ) - overclocking is not needed - would hope mobo to be ready for X2 down the road - nForce 4 boards & pci - e don't work well for audio, so I'll avoid those mobo's I was thinking either an NVIDIA nForce3 or Via chipset mobo from the following; - ASUS A8V Deluxe ( A8V E is not X2 compatible) - MSI K8N NEO2 Platinum - GIGABYTE GA - K8NS Ultra 939 Have no idea which one is better in terms of build quality, stability, firewire, SATA etc. At the end of the day, I just want to be sure that the M-Audio 2496 will be compatible with the mobo i choose, so those pops and crackling glitches i've read about don't crop up Any suggestions ? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks !