I would upgrade the motherboard a bit. It only has two RAM slots and therefor a max ram of 2gigs. Get one that has 4 RAM slots.
Get a good power supply instead of whatever comes with the case.
Get good fans.
Get a separate graphics card instead of an onboard adapter. An AGP slot (which is absent in this particular motherboard) for the graphics card is much better than a PCI slot card. Get an AGP graphics card with its own memory - as much as you can afford. AGP has a much smoother frame rate and the ability to display 3D graphics and video that is many times more realistic and much a higher quality than any PCI card.
Same for system ram- get the most you can afford and buy it in matching sets.
Get a Seagate hard drive because it is the only brand that has a five year warranty (the rest have only a one year warranty or less) and you can get a 300gig Seagate for $99 at compusa.com right now.http://www.compusa.com/adproducts/products...N=500458+200454
Unless you must, don't worry about sata drives right now. Get ultra ata drives. Sata drives are more expensive and will only make the install much more complex, and to set up a raid mirror, which is what they are really for, you need two.
Check ads for hard drives at bestbuy.com, circuitcity.com and compusa.com. as well as tigerdirect and newegg.
Edited by Enthusiast, 08 March 2006 - 12:34 AM.