An Athlon 64 setup will do you quite nicely while using any 32Bit OS/Progrmas that you decide upon. My suggestions:
- I do not care much for the NForce3 chipset…The VIA chipset is better suited to the A64. In which case, I’d look at the ABIT or ASUS offerings for only a few $$$ more.
- You may want to go with the 2800+…it’ll save you ~40$ that can be used elswhere and you’ll only drop 200MHz in CPU speed (this can be made up easily through OCing).
- You RAM is fine…CRUCIAL and KINGSTON are good choices for basic memory.
The biggest performance increase you’ll receive by going with the Athlon64 is the integrated memory controller. This means that RAM bus speeds are not dependent or hindered by a Northbridge and will operate at the clock speed of the CPU itself
My 2nd rig is an A64 2800+, Foxconn 755A01, and 2x512MB Kingston DDR266 and it has excellent performance in gaming…it also performs exceedingly well during DVD>DIVX encoding under the WinXP 64Bit OS (enough to compete with my P4 3.0).
Most people will look down on the Foxconn because they do not know much about the company…and will further frown upon the SIS chipset because of its past reputation. However, for the money…the Foxconn/SIS solution is by far underrated hardware. In the past 8+ months we’ve been carrying Foxconn motherboards, it has proven itself to be our most reliable brand.
I work for a PC System/Parts retailer and with AthlonXP CPUs I push the NForce2 chipset. But, when it comes to the Athlon64, I recommend VIA and SIS.