Ok lads I will go withthe AMD stuf and the prices are fairly close to what Tommy has ref'd in Newegg - real surprise.
I must admit the first real new computer I had since an old Dell XP was AMD based pre build and I found it pretty darn good - I stuck a 260 CPU in it plus an SSD and 500GGB spinner and shipped it to the UK for my brother. I'm glad you mentioned that board too because although it is $14 more than the one I quoted I liked the RAM speeds it can get to and like I said I have a cache of them in my spares.
So if you ever need any DDR and DR2 I have a cast of millions
- plus enough 3@ 1333 & 1600 to easily cover this build.
Thanks again for the head up.