well / yesterdays hero's for AMD and the Am2 CPU were as follows:
Asus M2N32-Sli Deluxe
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard
Biostar TForce 590 SLI Deluxe (this was one hellva board for the money)
MSI K9N Diamond Motherboard >>>>>> great choice too!
ECS KN3 SLI2 Extreme Motherboard
ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard
********* not sure if any of the above will have support for Phenom ???
the newer hot shots are based on the 680i chispet and the newer 780i chipset >>>>> you will however pay plenty of $$$$$ for these
If you go with 680 or 780 then I would defintely stick with an Asus Board or Gigabyte Board maybeeeeeee MSI
the 680 is a fussy little bugger has alot of features and capability but it can be very quirky
one thing for sure >>>> going AMD means you are going to pay more in the motherboard department and their offerings have been struggling as much as the AMD cpu's have been >>>>> but I can appreciate your brand loyalty
I personally would not hesitate to buy a "refurb" board from Mwave.com / refurbished / click on motherboards
you can get great boards in there for half price >>>> I personally would get one of those 590 boards above until the newer 790 chipset comes out and the prices get real; then all the bugs from the 680 should be worked out / at that time when you go for the Phenom then go for the full $$$$$$ motherboard
IMHO the 680 and 780 are not worth the sticker price