TG has cover almost all the bases. There are a few things you also may want to consider.
When you buy the computer most major manufacturers give you the option to purchase a copy of windows at the point of sale. This is a vary good idea. If for any reason you need to reinstall your OS you would have to order the disks anyways. I know with Dell (My personal favorite) it is a $10 option, and in my opinion well worth the money.
For me I prefer more than one hard drive. If you have a major "Oh My Gosh!" operating system crash or primary hard drive failure having your creative works, pictures, music, uninstalled downloads (This saves time o reinstalling programs), and\or business data can be a blessing. While you will have to reinstall all your programs this is easy enough done. If you loose you data it is possibly gone forever. This is a personal preference not something you cannot live without, but as TG pointed out hard drives are very cheap. Less than a $1 per GB. I would have a 80 Gb as my primary (C:\) drive and a 80+ Gb as a secondary drives to store my Data.
If you go with a UPS as suggested by TG, make sure it has RJ-11 (Telephone) and cable surge protectors. Even if you have to purchase a power strip to have that feature. All surge protectors are not created equal. By name brand. I personally will only by APC, but that is just me.
If you by a integrated computer, with the video chip-set made onto the motherboard buy the best chip-set they ofter. Integrated motherboards cannot, in most cases, be upgraded.
I like two DVD drives. One a burner like TG suggested and a second DVDrom so I do not have to load my disk onto my computer to copy a disk. It can be copied straight from one disk to the DVD±RW. This also frees up 4+ Gb of hard drive space.
One last thing. Please check with us before you purchase any of the software they will surely offer you. We will probably know a site that offers a freeware version.
I hope this helps.
Edited by acklan, 13 September 2006 - 04:43 AM.