Originally Posted by languy99
i also read in a review for the motherboard(on newegg) that it needs a 1.8V ram for it to start but the crucial is 2.2V. whats up with that?
Well either way you can supply that voltage. I'm going to tell you this just for experience because apparently this board isn't for you:
The memory boots @ 1.8v but to run properly at the specified speeds you need 2.1v, but 900MHz @ 5-5-5-12 is very good. (talking about the S.O.E. memory). And when they have a voltage like 2.2v that means it needs that much voltage to run @ the given specifications of the memory. Not necessarily what you NEED to run at.
Now as for your motherboard, you can't use the S3 because it doesn't have Firewire. I have a better board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131070
It's more than the S3 but it's better than the S3, it's got an ICH8R chip rather than the ICH8 chip on the S3 which will enable you for better RAID support if you are so inclined to go raid which would be a good idea in your situation.
But it also has onboard Firewire which you should accommodate your case to so you can have front bay firwire. Or you can just use the back, but basically you've got two choices for where you want firewire... Front and Back. And if you want front you have to make sure your case supports it.