I'm interested to hear the mobo suggestions too. I am in the process of buying a A64 3000+. When I bought an A64 3200+ a few months ago I went with the MSI Neo2 plat... it has worked out great, and everyone (almost) agreed at the time that it was a good buy. But that doesn't mean that there isn't something better out there now, or that opinions have changed a little. So keep the suggestions rolling on this one.
OC and 3D will not be essential. The workstation shall be used for testing software such as Database/BI (businesee intelligence)/ERP (Enterprize Resource Planning)/Crystal Report/etc. The box is not for production.
hmmm... i may be wrong but... i would say go with intels for raw processing, k8s are usually for gaming =\....but then again, if the software you are using is memory itensive, then u'll benefit from the k8s
So? DDR2 will also be replaced sooner or later, as will DDR3.
Why would you want to invest in eg DDR-533 when it will be just as obsolete as DDR400 in a couple of years ? Whats the advantage of owning DDR200 over SDR133 today ?
= The views stated herein are my personal views, and not necessarily the views of my wife. =
Alright, I'm not sure how CPU intensive those apps are exactly (in fact I've never even heard of them) but you'd do fine with just about any A64 setup I'm sure. Since you said you're not too into overclocking/tweaking, then a nice stable nF4 board would be good along with a 3000+ Venice. That'll give you the ability to overclock if the need ever arises.
The Chaintech VNF-4 and the MSI K8N Neo4-F are both nice boards, costing $86 and $88 respectively.
Also, that video card is just a low end card, but it should be fine as long as you're not doing anything too graphics intensive. Also, if you read around, there's the potential to unlock 4 pipes on that card and have a full blown Geforce 6600 non-GT.