Originally posted by Hudson:
Tom, are you looking to actually build your own machine from scratch? It\'s actually a lot easier than one would think, and that\'s speaking from experience.
A few things you could look into...get a nice Asus motherboard, they\'re good, reliable, and headache free. Get a 2.8 to a 3.2 Intel P4 depending on your budget, and get retail, not OEM. Retail has a 3 year warranty and is well worth the extra few bucks if a lightning bolt ever hits your computer, OEM has only 90 days.
Get an Antec case, Sonata series is great for looks, performance, excellent power supply and quiet. Ram, get 1-2 gigs of pc3200. Crucial or Kingston have a solid rep.
The rest is pretty generic. Most video cards will do the job. I prefer ATI and haven\'t had any probs with them. CD burners are practically free these days. The high end Asus boards come with gigabit LAN connectors already, so no need for a NIC card.
That should get ya started...