Well, if you could be so kind I am building a comp for a friend. So far I have made an intel and amd build of each. I am trying to figure out if I am overkilling anything or underkilling it respectively.
All that is wanted is 250GB HD and for it to go fast enough not too get annoying. wants to use it for the basics. (Watch movies, surf the web, no games or photo programs etc.) and he wants the desktop comp, have the monitor on it and everything.
CPU: The e7200 will outperform the x2 5000+, but x2 5000 + will be more than adequate for what you mentioned above.
RAM: If your friend isn't doing to hardware demanding things, pc6400 should do just fine.
MOBO: Not sure how good the IGP on the G31 board is but i've read good things on the IGP on the 780G board (AMD side of things), but i would go AMD side with that board, as the feature set is quite nice, not sure about the Foxconn board but the asus board w/ 780G chipset looks pretty good.
Yes, they're less powerful than the E7200...but it doesn't really sound like he needs much power. The lower cache of the 2 models i mentioned, likely won't be noticeable by him. I just built a PC for my daughter for university, and i used an E2160... and it's a peppy little processor(and runs cool and sips electricity). They aren't sluggish the way Celerons used to seem...compared to P4's. I would stick with the 4GB of RAM for VISTA...especially if you're using onboard graphics....as it uses some RAM for the video. GL