Originally posted by Codeine
If your going Intel, get a LGA775 not a 478. I would also consider 64bit processors. I would get a eVGA 6600 GT. Also never get a gigabyte board. Always stick with DFI, MSI, Abit.
DFI has been **** up recently their nforce 3 and nforce 4 lines are doing well.
MSI has always been mediocre
Abit goes from good to bad more than my girlfriend changes her hair color
Gigabyte has always been a good solid motherboard manufacturer
LGA775 is the way to go if you want to stick with a dying technology. The 550 3.4's compare almost identical to an amd64 3200 as far as raw cpu power. However amd processors have a higher memory throughput due to the ondie memory controller.
The gigabyte k8ns line is a good amd64 939 overclocker. Others have said that the MSI neo2s are good overclockers, i havent been able to get anything out of this board.