Hey MP3DUB, Im in about the same situation.. looking for a good mobo..
Im going with the EPIA M 9000.... I think.... So i would really like to hear how yours is working for you? any lags? what are you running on there?
- The EPIA 10000 may be 20%-70% faster... but its also a chunk more expensive... and for me atleast, Im thinking that the epia m 9000 fills all my current needs, and if I was really going for a graphics setup, micro-atx would really be the way to go.. a board even twice as fast as the epia m 9000 is significantly slower then an average desktop system.. If I were in your position, I would put a little $ into a faster hd or more ram, or a add on video card.. if the performance gain you want is give or take a few sec on stuff your mobo is already able to do. For real performance gains, it seems like micro-atx is the way to go though
- there is a lot of support for the epia m 9000 on these boards Im trying to avoid being an "early adopter", the M 1000 may be great though.
- The Fic version is a 933mhz, but it does not have any mpg support... so if one isnt playing movies it should be fine.. if one is.. it may run into trouble. It seems like a step down from the via m 9000
What im thinking is a good setup is a epia 9000 a chunk of ram, and a nice fast hard drive, 72000rpm to make boot, and program opening snappy. I wont be running anything 3d or really all that cpu intensive...
How is your current board working? I mean what does it leave to be desired?