What is your budget?
Did you have any preferences?
What are some of the tasks that your going to be doing?
Do you already have an OS or do you need to buy one?
Do you need everything (mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc.)??
I have mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitor. No preferences really, budget under $700. Just typical home use, some Photoshop, music, photos, video, office work. I am thinking about switching to Vista and drop XP.
Well you can easily meet that budget, especially if you don't require dedicated video card, which I don't think you'll need. Might help if you do have one, but not sure if Photoshop likes the dedicated GPU or not. I haven't researched that so I'm just wondering.
Here's what I had in mind:
CPU - $190 q6600 Quad core for Photoshop tasks. This can be dropped down to a e7200 for $120 or so, but thought I'd start off with that CPU.
Mobo - $100-120 p45 based mobo. Will do pretty much anything you want and doesn't cost too much.
Memory - ~$50 4 gb's of DDR2 800 mHz. Will help out having more RAM for Photoshop tasks.
Case/PSU - ~$100-150 This will depend on budget, but will have a quality PSU and a decent case. Was thinking of Antec 300 w/at least the Antec 500w Earthwatts PSU.
HD - $70 Was thinking of Western Digital 640 gb AAKS version HD. Fast and cheap!
DVD Burner - ~$30 Just about anyone will do, just get a RETAIL version, so you get the software to read/burn DVD's with it.
GPU - ~$80 I was thinking that the AMD 4670 would be a good fit. It's not expensive and can do quite alot with little power too (no 6 pin PCI-e power connector needed!).
OS - $80 You can go either way. I think the way to go is getting Vista Home Premium 64 bit OS. That way if you get more memory later, the OS will be able to use it. XP 32 bit will only recognize about 3-3.5 gb of RAM.
Total ~$700!! Before any rebates. This would get you a very solid build and still fit within the budget!
I'd go with a more energy efficiency processor than the one slomo4sho suggested, and change the power supply to an Antec Earthwatts 380w. Also, 4 (2x2GB) of G.Skill ram can be had for $20 cheaper. Go with the WD6400AAKS drive though, it's very speedy, and should hold plenty of media.
I put together a build that I think would be good. The processor is expensive, but its rated at 65w, rather than the 125w, which is a good thing. You still get the uses of 4 cores however. I'm not too sure if this is what you need, or other people's thought on this processor. Personally, I like the idea of low power usage on a home system where gaming is no concern. You'll get 4GB of ram on the 64bit OS, which should make multitasking hassle free along side the quad core. You also won't hike up the energy bill with the efficient antec power supply, and the integrated graphics on the motherboard. http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...