First, congrats on your apparent resolution, LOL. I probably would not have made that connection.
I looked at that MSI board...first thought was "Why a Socket A board in 2008 when socket As are definitely a dead end?" By dead end, I don't mean regarding upgradeability...but regarding finding complements for it. Understand that I reside in the U.S. and availability may be different where you reside.
BTW: This system has a socket A board (ECS L7VMM3) that I have been trying to replace for over a year now. I've bought replacement motherboards (because I want to be able to take advantage of SATA drives without using a controller card) but it seems that this board just keeps going
DDR memory (PC3200) is going cost more than DDR2 and will be slower.
An AGP video card will cost more than a PCI-E card of greater ability (and will be slower, while also having no future usefulness on any other system).
The board won't allow use of SATA hard drives, without adding a SATA controller on one of those 6 PCI slots (costs circa $50).
I like the 6 PCI slots and the 3 DIMMs...and I really like the manual. Much better than some that I have experienced. I don't know if I've ever had a system with 6 PCI slots and if you are running XP, the 3 DIMMs is no big deal. Be sure to note that bit in the manual about support for only 1 PC3200 module.
In short, if you were not me and were a friend...I'd advise you to think about getting something where you get more value for your money.
There are all sorts of motherboard/CPU combinations available that are so much faster than any Athlon XP system (such as this one) and those systems will have more variability than any CPU designed for Athlon XP era.
Although I hang onto systems, I don't encourage others to spend money on things which I won't throw away (because I have it and it works) but would not not buy today if I did not already have it.
I've got 3 motherboards which were purchased with an eye to "retiring" my L7VMM3 and the XP2200 cpu on it. Someday I am going to put one in a case and transfer my "essentials" from one to the other
. It will be a nice backup/emergency system for me.