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Mobo suggestion? Core2Duo, 3 or more PCI, onboard FW


With the PCI socket being a dying breed, and all important audio hw being either PCI or FW, I'm trying to find out if I should grab a mobo sooner than later. I'm thinking Core 2 Duo, and using an Intel chipset may save some compatibility problems.

I have 4 UAD-1s and an old Magma with flat cable (no PCIe upgrade possible/economically feasible), so I need 1 PCI slot for that. Also, I would like 2 PCI slots available for audio interfaces (planning one Lynx AES-16, maybe expanding to two). That leaves no room for a FW PCI I/F, and I haven't seen too many PCIe FW interfaces available. And I need a FW I/F for my Tascam FW-1884. Hence the onboard FW requirement.

I have found the ASUS P5W DH Deluxe with 3 PCI slots (and TI FW onboard), but it's one of the more expensive boards. Any other you guys know about? Any with 4 or more PCI slots at all? (Would be equal to 3 + FW until PCIe FW I/Fs are more common.)

Any recommendation for a simple (inexpensive), *fanless* PCIe graphics card, with 2 monitor outs (DVI+analog ok)?

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