the 965 chipset is the mainstream choice for core2duo with good performance in a moderate price motherboards. the intel 975 and nvidia 600 chipset is higher end and in more expensive motherboards.
the asus p5b line is probably the most popular 965 based motherboard line. the biostar tforce 965pt is slightly cheaper and a good all-around performer.
I am considering building a computer and have done some research into motherboards, power supplies. cases, and processors of which I have already decided on a Core 2 Duo.
I would like some real world recommendations on what seems to be the favoured motherboard. For instance is the 965 or 975 chipset preferred and which brand is most user friendly, installation and operation wise.
My requirements in a computer are really just basic computer email, websearch and a little game playing and I realize I don't need a computer with this processor type for my usage, but I want one.
Thanks in advance to anyone who has advice to offer