I understand your point, but in today's context, I would rather get a S939 based system even if I would loose some performance. Because the S939 platform will probably offer a better upgrading opportunity. Socket 754 is not dead, but AMD will not put to the market anything faster for if even if it would be possible.
6 months ago S754 was the best budget AMD64 platform, but with the new S9393 3000+, this platform is now quite affordable.
NOTE : I do prefer nForce3 chipset too, but I would not say that VIA chipset is not good for non-hardcore users.
A7N8X / <font color=green><b>Sempron 2800+</b></font color=green> <- <i>Is this affecting my credibility?</i>
Kingston DDR333 2x256Megs
<font color=red>Radeon 8500 128Megs</font color=red> @ C:275/M:290 <- <i>It's enough for WoW!</i>
Wait until Abit brings out thier nforce4 mobo. You know it will be good, then you will be able to oc the chip to 2.6.
Unfortunately it will be pci-exp graphics, so you will have to loose your agp card.