I have been wanting to upgrade for a while now and my power supply died and took my mobo with it, so now I have an excuse.
First of all, the PRIMARY use of this machine is not sor gaming. I really mostly use it for mundane web surfing, email, playing music, paying bills, burning cd's, some photoshop stuff, etc. However, I do occasionally use it for games. (Probably will more once it's upgraded.) And the games that I like tend to be fairly high performance. (For example, I have my eye on Doom 3.)
I have already gotten a new case. Yes, it came with a psu. No, I'm not planning on using the stock one. That's not really where I need the advice. I have a hd, optical drives, and peripherals. I also have a Radeon 9600 graphics card that I think will be okay for now.
So, what I'm really shopping for is a cpu and mobo. I am looking at these two cpu's:
And I am wanting suggestions on a good board to go with it. I like Asus. I have looked at a couple:
But they seem to have mixed reviews.
How important is socket 939? And is there really any advantage ATX vs. MicroATX?
Any other thoughts for me?