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Recently my motherboard (Asus P4T533-C) died on me and I'm having trouble finding a replacement online (out of stock everywhere!).  It has occured to me that perhaps it is outdated, & therefore if I am in the market to purchase a motherboard I might as well buy a new (& maybe more reliable/quicker?) one.  

Of course the issue is that I need to make sure everything is compatable (& I think buy a new case?).  I would like information on what a high-end motherboard would do for me as opposed to searching for the same one I had.  Also, any advice/suggestions on a specific new motherboard would be greatly appreciated.  

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My current setup:

ASUS P4T533-C
400 Watt PSU
Intel P4 3.06 GHz 512K L2 Cache 533 MHz FSB
1024 MB RDRAM PC800
Western Digital 80 GB
Samsung DVD-Rom
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
SB Audigy 2 ZS
Floppy Drive
NIC
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I would recommend an ABit IC7-G, which supports 533 and 800 FSB cpus (I just got one).  It enables overclocking very easily and has a lot of features.  My 2.8c runs at 3.15GHz with no problems and is stable.  You'll have to give up the RDRAM, which gives you 3.2GB/sec throughput, but nowadays PC3200 is cheap and you can go higher.  The future for RDRAM motherboards, as you have already found out, is bleak, so why not make the transition now.
http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/products.php?categories=1&model=4

You can get it for $119: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-127-153&depa=0
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Thanks for the input Callandor!
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