Well im ashamed to admit it, but I went with intel. I got too good of a deal to pass up. I went with an intel core 2 duo t5600 and a HP ASUS MOCA-AR. Paid 50 total well under my budget and fit the bill. Now hopefully I dont have all the problems Ive had in the past with intel.
I already know with this mobo Ill have to modify a socket a/370 heatsink to fit because it lacks the holes for a desktop heatsink.