first off, I just wanted to thank everyone for thier help. It would have pretty embarrasing spending $400 for a Video Card that doesn't work with my mobo. Not that that's relevant anymore, because if the AMD 6 3500+ (or is it 3400+? you wrote one thing, and the link was another) is truly that much better I'll have to get a new mobo anyways. (side note - the mobo I had selected does support DDR2, for some reason its specs were wrong on pcmech). I've heard nothing but good things about Asus, and I really liked the one I was looking at, so http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...131-510&depa=1
this mobo seemed like a good choice to me. I loked at the specs, and I couldn't figure out what justified the difference in cost between the GIGABYTE board and all the others. It uses a different chipset then the others, but Im not familiar enough with AMD to know the difference between them.
so, to recap, instead of Intel's P4 3.4 GHz LGA775, get an AMD 6 3400+
instead of ATI's x800 get an Nvidia 6800GT
and downsize on the memory, and I guess I'll have to look around for new memory all togethor if I'm going to switch to a new mobo.
and lastly, don't spend my money on the 10k HDs.
does that about cover it?
If anyone could give me some insight on the AMD mobos or DIMM socket memory, that would be much appreciated.
also, again I want to thank everyone who has helped me thus far.