Hi, some background. I've never changed a mobo, just cards, RAM, HDs… I\nneed a new HD, but my mobo is so old: SDRAM, Duron, ATA 66, pre-137GB\nBIOS, & probable incompatibilities if I mix new with old. This led me to\nthink that a new "Combo CPU + Mother board" from Fry's looks the best\ndeal. Also, the ~160 GB ATA133 HD looks best deal (SATA still possible\nin future with most mobos). And, PC3200 or 2700.\n\nFry's lowest priced combo is for Sempron 2400+ ECS K7VTA3 Version\n8.0c. But Usenet posts warn me off ECS or that board. So, REJECT. :-)\n\nNext good deal is Sempron 2800+ ABIT AN7 nForce2 Ultra 400 Socket A\n266/333/400 MHz FSB -100.\nJul 2004 Usenet posts.. implied AN7 was too new. But, I figure now, Sep\n04, AN7 is 'mature'.\n\nAny comments, cautions?\nDo I have to be anymore paranoid about grounding than I do when\nchanging RAM? (I stay put when messing with the innards, but don't have\nany ground strap for wrist or bodypart, though I could rig wire out\nwindow to house's ground rod)\n\nIt's just a basic home use computer. Net, word processing, some basic\nstill image work. Port/connections used are only Ethernet, USB,\nParallel.