To be honest, neither of those is that good of an upgrade. Right now, I wouldn't want to spend any money on a DDR2 based board. It's just not a wise investment to spend you money on an upgrade that's already obsolete. Also, ECS is not known for quality boards.
I would save your money and start saving up for some decent parts. If you've got $200 now, another $200 can easily get you a new mobo, new CPU, 4 GB of DDR3, and a new GPU. My guess is that you really should just be saving for an entirely new build anyway...
Well its for a friends computer and their motherboard flaked out and they dont want to spend alot of money to replace it. It originally had an Athlon 64 3400+ with integrated graphics. She doesnt want a gaming computer per say, just something that handles facebook good and she plays Sims 2 so that also. Im not worried about future proofing or anything like that, just something cheap (under 200, cheaper the better) that gets the job done.
If I were building from scratch, or for myself I probably would go with a Core-i board but she already has 2 gigs of DDR2. If there was a sub $80 Core i3 cpu with a ~$80 board I would totally go with that, but prices right now would put me over $200 with just the board and cpu, not including the video card. And not considering futureproofing I dont think an AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.8GHz is too shabby, and I considered an HD 4650 but I think its overkill.
And Im not so big on ECS either but the top 4 reviewed AMD MB's on newegg are all 780/785G chipsets and they all have 4 eggs and the ECS is $10 cheaper and has a $21 rebate. If they were all the same price I'd go with the Gigabyte or Asus in a second, but all having the same 4 stars and the price different I'll try the ECS. 667 reviews with 4 egg rating isnt too bad. Thanks for the input!
I was actually going to do hybrid graphics until I just realized its only supported with 24xx & 34xx model ATI graphics cards. So rather than get a 780g with a 3450 I think I will get the 785g and stick with the HD4200 IGP. Thanks for the advice!