Recommended Parts - (March 31, 2008)
This is a list of parts that are all generally agreed upon to be good and solid choices for building a computer. It is by no means exhaustive and should be used only as a starting point, as everyone's needs in a computer are different. Nothing is set in stone, so feel free to ask questions on anything on this list.
It will be periodically updated as new and zingier technology comes out (which is pretty much everyday in the computer world), so keep checking back!
Everything linked here will be to Newegg, as they've got the most comprehensive page set up, however, you may find pricing for certain parts better at the other sites listed above. This is especially true for the current line of Intel Core 2 Duo processors, the 45nm Wolfdales. They are in such high demand that Newegg is consistently sold out and as such you would be better off trying to find it on other sites.
Intel - Socket 775AMD - Socket AM2
Video Card (GPU)
Power Supply (PSU)
- REQUIRED IF YOU PURCHASE AN OEM PROCESSOR!GPU
Niner's Personal Picks for Performance/Sweet Spot
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
w/ Zalman CNPS9700
Mobo - Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX
Memory - G.Skill 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 800
Video Card - EVGA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
w/ Arctic Cooling Accelero S1
Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar 500GB 7200RPM SATA 16MB Cache
Optical Drive - Samsung 20X DVD+/-R SATA
Power Supply - Thermaltake W0093RU 500W
Case - Raidmax Smilodon
If you have any other recommendations, please post them for review and I'll see about adding them to the list.