I'm buying a new system from here (not building myself, as I'm not quite confident enough to do that yet). After discussing it with the people who run the company, I've ended up with the spec below - if anyone has any opinion on bits that aren't good or that I ought to upgrade slightly (cost is an issue to a certain extent), I'd appreciate it.
Core 2 Duo Dual-Core Processor E6600
MSI P965 Neo-F Motherboard
2048MB DDR 2 800 MHz Memory - Elixir
320GB Sata 2 Hard Drive - Samsung
20 X DVD Dual Layer Writer (RAM) - Liteon
8024 Case & 700 Watt Power Supply With 2 X 12v rails - unbranded
7.1 High-Definition Audio Digital Soundcard - presumably on-board
Vista Home Premium
Gamers Base Unit.
Nvidia 8800. Intel® Core® 2 Duo. (6420 (2.13GHz, 2X2MB, 1066FSB)
Asus EN8800GTS 640MB Graphics Card
80GB Hard Drives
1024 DDR 2 667 MHz Memory
No Operating System Installed
Seasonic 550W, Seasonic Power Supply Upgrade
Msi P6N SLI-FI Motherboard Upgrade ) (remove)
Current shipping is Shipping £0.00
Tax (Inc) £98.00
Currency is British Pound Total £658.00
These are what I'd pick. There are better parts in there, but the prices are pretty high. Still the case on my list is crap, but they won't sell a case alone. Also, might want a 320gb harddisk instead of the 80gb.
You should go with a PSU of some high quality (known) brand - an unstabile PSU can cause many frustrations and in worst case it could fry some parts on the mobo for you. Yes, a good PSU costs money but hell it's worth it!
Don't know of Elixir memory...
Liteon DVD writer - I used to have one and it was not very good, had many coasters. Does anyone know if Liteon is OK today? I prefer NEC myself, and Plextor (Liteon's "daddy") is also prefered by many.