Would like to thank those who helped, much appreciated. I have ordered the GIgabyte Board, many good reviews. No doubt i will be back on asking away as have never installed a new motherboard. Is it straight forward, wont lose any data on my hard drive? Hope not :-)
Cheers Crossbow, looks like an OS reinstall. Got my hands on Windows 7, would you recommend a fresh install of this or my recovery Vista recovery disks. Guess I would rather have Windows 7, I have an Intel core 2 quad Q6600 with 4gb ram, am i better off with Windows 7 x86 or x64. Not too sure tbh.
As Crossbow7 says, you should back up all your files to another pc first.
Or simpler still, buy a new hard drive and install on that, then hook up the old one to retrieve your stuff. Once you're happy you have recovered all you need, format the old disk and use it for backups. Safer still, buy an enclosure for it and turn it into an external drive.