ati radeon 9800 le (soft mod to pro)
Unless you have the card and have already done so, you can't be definite about the softmod. You take a chance with that.
what would be the best motherboard. I will probably be overclocking. Looks as far as color are not that important but a bonus.
Also, how does that build sound for some CS: Souce, UT2K4, Farcry, MOHAA, etc at 800x600 high detail? 1028x768 high? Right now I don't need any earthshadering card or anything. I will be upgrading from a gf2ultra any card is a dramatic upgrade. Down the line i plan to get a 6800 when the prices drop. So what would be the best motherboard, raid is not really necessary but a bonus. same goes for firewire.
For the motherboard, I suggest:
Abit KV8 Pro
DFI Lanparty UT NF3
of the DFI board.