Okay, last time I'm doing this, I promise.
I found a site from another forum I visit. It's not a PC forum but majority of the folks on there have experience with this stuff. www.smksuperstore.com
was suggested to me.
On the left side they have these package deals.
For 229 dollars I can get an AMD Athlon 64 Venice 3200 socket 939 processor, along with an ECS nForce4-A939 (nForce 4 Chipset - 4DDR - 3PCI - 2PCI-E - 1PCI-E X16 - SATA - GB LAN - 10 USB) motherboard. Going with the Corsair Value ram (1 gig) off of newegg.com.
Still debating on the video card. But the important thing is whether that mobo is "up to par" with the processor.
For 230 bucks (this is WITH a 3 year warranty too) it's hard for me to say no...
Wanting to buy today, but since I'm new I want some reaffirming "a-okay's" from the experienced.
edit- the K8T8000 from ECS is listed as compatible on smksuperstore, but on newegg it's listed as "system compatibility: athlon 64 fx." Is that still compatible with athlon 64 then?