Asus P5B-VM SE Motherboard.
I've been using the P5B-VM from Asus for about 2-3 years now and I am really really happy with how its performed over that time period as it's been used to hell. I used to game professionally in tournements and leagues and my computer was used non stop for litterally days on end and this motherboard coped with it all.
Its currently running with my E6600 Core 2 Duo CPU which has been overclocked and it copes wonderfully. The voltages stay as they should and there is no need for tweeking. It supports dual-channel RAM and comes with an onboard soundcard which is fantastic value for money. I prefer the onboard sound in comparison to my old Creative Soundblaster Card as the onboard uses less resources and gives a better sound quality overall.
Cost wise? I paid around £100 for the P5B about 3 years ago and since then it has fallen dramatically in price. You can pick one up now for roughly £50, which I think is an absolute bargain for such a great motherboard.
Supporting upto 10 USBs, DDR2 RAM, SATA 2 and having a 5.1 surround sound card built in, you can't go wrong! Stick in a core 2 duo CPU and this motherboard will be not only reliable, but also powerful.
This motherboard supports the latest Pentium 4 CPU from Intel in LGA775 package. With 1066/ 800/ 533MHz FSB, Hyper-Threading Technology and core-speeds up to 3.8GHz and beyond, Intel's LGA775 Pentium 4 is one of the fastest desktop processors to date.
This motherboard supports the latest Intel Core 2 processors in LGA775 package. With Intel Core microarchitecture technology and 1066/800/533 MHz FSB, Intel Core 2 processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPU in the world.
The Intel G965 Express Chipset boosts your gaming and multimedia experience with the integrated graphics engine Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3000. Delivering breakthrough increases in 3D, 2D, and video capabilities, the integrated chipset meets the changing display requirements of visually rich applications. The Intel G965 Express features the Intel Clear Video Technology, which trailblazes new standards in high-definition video, crisp imaging, and accurate color control.
DDR2 is the next generation memory technology to replace the current DDR. With the highest speed up to 800MHz, DDR2 memory provides great performance for 3D graphics and other memory demanding applications.
Constant, high-pitched noise generated from heatsink fans are a thing of the past thanks to ASUS Q-Fan. The ASUS P5VD2-X with Q-Fan technology intelligently adjusts fan speeds according to system loading to ensure quiet, cool and efficient operation.