Buying a computer is worse than buying a car. You\'re going to get so many variations that it might just give you a headache trying to sort out all the information!
For what it\'s worth, my system is as follows:
Motherboard: ASUS A7N8X-DLX (you don\'t necessarily need te DLX \"deluxe\" model)
RAM: 512MB (1GB is recommended these days, use brand name such as Corsair or Kingston)
Video card: ATI Radeon 9000 PRO (128MB)
Hard Drive: Maxtor 20GB hard drive (system & programs)
Maxtor 40GB hard drive (audio files & samples)
Western Digital has been recommended as well, and get the largest you can afford for your \"audio\" drive.
Yamaha CD-R, CD-RW burner.
Due to an old piece of MIDI hardware that has no Windows XP or 2000 drivers, I\'m still on Win98SE for the music side of things. No complaints, but there is a known issue with Win98 and memory over 1GB (or is it 512MB?) Since your getting all new stuff, I\'d recommend Windows XP.