Originally posted by turkey29
Also, is it better to have 1 stick of 512MB or 2 stick of 256MB each?
It all depends. If you want to use the DDR setup (some say the gains are invisible, still, I won't start a debate here.), so if you wan't this setup, 2 sticks of 256 (or 512) DDR approved RAM could do (if mb supports it). Usually, the lesser stick, the better. Probably you won't notice the difference with DDR, but I'll let you choose.
Other great mobos suggestions:
Many Asus's A7N8X based mb's are good choices (got my A7N8X-E dx for 3 days now, pretty much satisfied).
The DFI LanParty NFII seems really good, though more expensive. Never tried it, but read some positive reviews.
ABIT's NF7 one are pretty good too. The choice of many Athlon users, can't go wrong here.
Try and read about them on some review sites, and study their features. Many things aren't thought of when shopping mb's by most people. (number of USB ports, capacitors beside the CPU socket preventing bigger heatsinks, etc).
Have fun shopping!