I checked the AMD site for 940 compatible motherboards and the MA79T was on the list.
It is all working now, a small computer shop charged me £10 to use one of there processors and flash the BIOS at the same time.
That saved me buying another processor and selling it afterwards.
I thought I would try AMD again so I purchased a Phenom 940, an ASUS M3A79T-Deluxe and 2 X 2Gb Crucial 1066 memory.
I always build outside the case so if anything is wrong it is easier to get at.
I put it together, switched the PSU on, the power button lit up, I pressed it, the HSF whirred...
I am in the Uk, I have a Garmin nuvi 250, which I purchased 9 months ago.
I have just updated the maps which was a 2.9Gb download.
I also had to update the firmware which is free.
When I brought it, only the UK maps were on it, but after the update (which was free), I had the uk & European...
Looking at all three, I would say non of them, Abit are stopping making motherboards, ECS are not that good and no way would the third one be described as a gamers board.
You would be better of looking at the Novatech site, they have better bundles which come assembled and tested, and are...
Have you thought about using a Linux live CD to format it.
This link shows you how to do it, you can try Knoppix, Ubuntu, Open Suse or any live Cd.
I have been building computers with AMD processors for ten years now, but I have to admit Intel is the way to go if you can afford to.
I have not had any problems installing Vista on Dual & Quad core AMD processors, so it is up to you.
I have just tried it and it seems to do its job well.
I would not use it though as there is no backup option, in case it deletes something it should not.
A lot of people use CCleaner which does the same job and also includes a registry cleaner.
Plus there was no uninstaller in the programs list.