The Asrock 880g looks pretty good. But will it's onboard video play nice with my video card? I assume I'll never use it since I'll have the video card, but being a noob at building, I have no clue.
You won't run into any incompatibility issues with onboard graphics; they will automatically disable if not needed. If you match your motherboard and graphics card (AMD&ATI or nForce&nVidia), you may get a small boost in performance from hybrid graphics (Hybrid Crossfire or Hybrid SLI).
Don't need RAM
Do you plan to reuse RAM from your old system? If you are, make sure that it's DDR3. DDR2 is not compatible with these motherboards.
At the moment, I don't think I would, but having the option is nice. Since budget is a big deal to me, I doubt I would because it increases the costs of future upgrades. However, since I'm going the AMD route, I can CrossFire between different chipsets, so I would theoretically only need to buy 1 card each time I wanted to upgrade (and replace the lower chipset).
And to add...i don't plan to mess with overclocking. I may get adventurous in the future, but right now I have no plan or desire to.
My current resolution in Vista is 1280x800 (I know, I know...). The max on my 8600GTS is 1680x1050. So, I'd say as long as I can do at least that (and with any GPU upgrade, I can, so resolution is a non-issue).
My current components that I hope to re-use are:
CD/DVD: HG5894D VEG622Z SCSI
HDD: WDC WD2500JS-75NCB3 Serial ATA SATA-300
Would those have compatibility issues with my proposed components?
As for RAM...yeah, I have 3GB DDR2, so I guess I can't re-use them with the new mobo (suck).
But here's my current mobo: Dell 0CT017 775 LGA Socket. I know that since Dell gets special mobos, I really have no option to upgrade my CPU without changing mobos.
But, could I upgrade the GPU at the very least? I only have a 375W PSU, so I would need to upgrade that too, right?