Take a look at the link in my last post - the "Hot Rod" will run just a bit over $1000 (it was about $1600 in August) as prices drop.
Things to consider when assembling a PC:
1) Read the manuals - they'll teach you a lot
2) Always check to ensure that what you're getting is compatible with what you've already got.
3) Always, always ground yourself (and unplug the system) before messing around in the case
4) Double check all your connections - and then figure that at least one will foul up on you anyway!
PC's are very easy to build once you've got the proper parts - and as long as you take care when assembling them they usually work well (don't forget, one of the parts might be DOA - and that'll have you pulling your hair out!). Just remember, a sledge hammer is not an appropriate tool for PC assembly - no matter how attractive it may seem at the time!
Oh, and Linux....
Linux is an operating system - like Windows. It forms the basis for everything that runs on your system. It provides links between the software and the hardware (so your printer prints what you want it to, etc).
Linux has many advantages over Windows - generally it's more stable and it's free. BUT, it's more difficult to learn and does not support as much as Windows does.
If you're interested in it, you may want to explore dual-booting with Windows and Linux. That way you can experiment with the Linux and still use Windows when you need it.
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