After taking a fresh look at the CPU performance I concluded...
The A64 X2's are the lowest with decent performance the X2 3800 seems the sweetspot but that puts me little choice but to go with the AM2 socket... and LOSE the DDR266 + LOSE the XP1700 core.
BUT, Looks like I can keep the AGP slot on some MOBO COMBOs... X2 3800's W/ AGP include:
MSI K9MM-V Socket AM2 VIA K8M800 DDR2 AGP8X RAID (micro ATX)
Both of those MOBO's + X2 3800 = ~ $110
+ Another $42 for 1GB DDR2 = $150
Twice what I planned to spend so must be the right one
That gets me back in the game! with some decent performace
Can this DDR2 be used in single sticks, so I can save one of the two mem slots for later?
Seems like I read a small performance hit due to loss of dual channel mode??
See any other MOBO choices for me???
Sure would like better onboard sound + 1394.
Transcend JM800QLJ-1G Transcend 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desk Memory Transcend 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory