Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro Price: $35
Mouse: Logitech MouseMan wheel optical Price: $30
Total: $2,401 w/out monitor and shipping
there it is, the only thing i'm worried about is the HSF i have listed. at 1coolpc.com they talk about an installation risk. But i have no idea what else there is. Anyone have suggestions on that and anything else on this list.......thanks oh yeah, and should i get 1 512 mb instead of 2 256? Crucial doesn't have them and i don't know where else to get them.
what's the difference between unbuffered and registered. The one you recommended is unbuffered is that bad. And i've never heard of pc2400 is that better than 2100. If it is how come i've never heard it recommended. And since the 512 mb one doesn't perform as well i should get two 256. But that leaves no room for upgrades. Is that ok, will 512 mb of ram be sufficient?
What you posted is almost EXACTLY the same rig I am building minus the sound card and RAID. Anyways, I am going with 512 MB's of PC2400 DDR RAM, and the Swifttech MC462 heatsink/fan combo. MUCH sturdier of a mount, as it screws into the holes surrounds the socket of the motherboard. No dealing with clips and such that can easily break. Ditch the ECC for sure, as it just slows ya down.
Go for 2x256 MB of PC2400 DDR ram. The only difference between PC2400 and PC2100 is that the 2400 is rated to run at 150 MHz while the 2100 is rated to 133 MHz. 512 MB will be plenty for anything you might need in the forseeable future unless you get into some really serious CAD/3D rendering stuff. I'd use 2 sticks instead of 1 because with nForce, you need 2 sticks to take advantage of the dual channel bus for the ram. Getting 2 sticks prepares you for this, and for any future chipsets that follow this design. Also, definitely ditch the ECC. You'd only need that with a serious server.
You may want to consider a different LAN card too. The Linksys Etherfast 100TX is a good 10/100 LAN card, is well supported, and costs a lot less than $80.