These are the components I'm most likely going to settle on after the last couple months of researching and planning, if anyone would like to criticize or suggest something else please feel free to post.
Athlon XP 2500+ (Barton) w/ 512K L2 cache
Thermalright SLK-947-U Heatsink
Vantec 92mm Tornado Fan
ABiT NF7-S v2.0 nForce2
2xSeagate 120.0GB S-ATA, 8MB cache (for RAID 0)
LG 52X CD-RW/16X DVD-ROM Combo OEM
OCZ 2x512MB PC3200 Dual Channel Kit EL-DDR Platinum Edition
ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB DDR
Thermaltake 480W + PFC Pure Power Black (W0010)
Antec SLK3700AMB case w/ 350W PSU
Samsung SyncMaster™ 765MB (ivory/black)
Logitech Z-640 5.1 Speakers
Yeah that a pretty good AMD setup.. Pesonaly I'd go for the xp2400 non barton (if your planning to overclock) xp2400 should overclock a little higher and its a little cheaper. The 3200xp barton supports a 200 fsb. I don't believe the 2500 does. all cpu batches are a little different so maybe you would get the 2500 to a 200fsb but I would not count on it. I know some of the early nforce2 chipsets had trouble getting a system 200fsb (don't be fooled by (supports dual chanel ddr 400) you need to run memmory insync to get optimal performance. So I'd reccomend getting the xp2400 and when its a lot cheaper getting the barton 3200 which will support a 200 fsb for sure. About the mother board check out http://www.nforcershq.com
OCZ is a ram type... spitfire was suggesting i get the liteon instead of LG drive... which is a dvd/cd-rom/rw drive. Yes i am planning to OC which is why i have the slk-947-u on there, the case also has two 120 mm case fan slots which is why i chose that particular model.
the xp 2500's don't officially support 200 fsb but i'm going to be picking out a good stepping, namely AQXEA which i've heard have gotten well above 200 fsb.
As well the rev 2.0 nf7-s does officially support 200 fsb due to the addition of the newest nb from nvidia
Id get 2x raptors instead, possibly save a little bit of cash and get a 9800pro, just the regular 256meg version, the ultras are a rip off.
after some reserch i can say the raptors are a rip off.
Anyway i would recommend getting two smaller hard drives for raid and another one for movies/mp3/pr0n.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by MajinChewY on 09/27/03 09:28 PM.</EM></FONT></P>