I'm putting together an HTPC on the cheap and, after a lot of shopping around, I've pretty much decided that the MSI 880GM-E41 is the best board and the best price for me. I am planning to use the onboard audio and video. I have an older machine I built that I'm willing to cannibalize for parts if necessary, but the GeForce 8400 GS is probably not going to be of any use to me considering the kind of GPUs I have available in today's mainboards.
I am planning to use an AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz and maybe trying to unlock the fourth core, but that's not terribly important since I'm sure it will be fine for my needs as is.
Well, I know I've been AWOL, but I appreciate the input. I did read the responses before I placed my order, I just never got around to posting replies. My bad.
To sum up, I wasn't really looking for fast or elaborate RAM. I asked because I've built maybe 6 or 8 computers in the past and I've always used Crucial (usually Ballistix) or Corsair (often some breed of XMS or the Dominator series). I learned a long time ago that the laundry list of problems you run into using shitty RAM just isn't worth the money you save so I wanted to stay away from any real garbage. I had never heard of Mushkin, but I was considering it alongside some OCZ because they were both on NewEgg for a really good price. If I had followed your link, I might have picked up the economy-grade Crucial instead, but I ended up getting 4G of Mushkin Silverline (with the little heatspreader-type enclosures) and it's been running like a champ.
Also, you might like to know that whatever problems people had with the 880 that led them to believe the 890GX was required for core unlocking, I have had no such problems with the MSI 880GM-E41 mobo. I unlocked a Rana X3 and ended up with a Phenom II Deneb X4. No BSOD, no instability, no crashes, no problem. 4 builds with MSI and they haven't let me down yet.