Hey guys, I'm going to get a new computer this week. I already have some things I'll just from my previous computer - Gateway 19" LCD (1440x900) and Klipsch Pro-Media 2.1 Speakers.
Anyway, I'm upgrading from a P4/Radeon 9600XT setup, so this is a pretty big upgrade for me
Here's a preliminary parts list from Newegg. I definitely think a modular power supply is good for a mATX setup - this case is pretty small and as far as mATX, I guess that Intel G33 is the big mobo chipset right now - Gigabyte is as good as any I would think. I probably won't do any overclocking (this case will be hot already, and I doubt I could even fit a good CPU cooler in there as small as it is). Quadcore is probably good for me because I play games and do some photoshopping and scientific number crunching that would utilize the extra cores. I definitely want a good DX10 graphics card (this needs to last me at least a year or two) and so an 8800 is what I'm looking at (a HD3870 would be alright maybe - but I really need a 'Crysis card' I think)
As for price - I can not exceed $1500, and really if I could get it down towards $1000-1200 that would be REALLY good (so if you guys see anything I could maybe replace with something cheaper).
SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black PATA Model SH-S202G - OEM
Thermaltake VF1000BWS Black Aluminum Front Panel/ SECC Chassis MicroATX Desktop Computer Case - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Retail
Look at the specs of my rig. I'm using that mobo in an Apevia X-QPACK2. I only have a mild o/c to 2.8 (to get 1:1 on my RAM), but everything is running nice and cool. This case has front and rear fans. I agree about getting a modular PSU; my Mushkin lives on Tier-T of the list at http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon. Aerocool is on Tier-4; I think I saw a review of it at JonnyGuru that was decent though, but don't remember.
You won't need the AS5 with the stock cooler.
Choose a Retail (rather than OEM) optical drive in order to get all the software to use it, including a decoder for movies.