None taken; I accept my high degree of noobness.
Yes, after simply reformatting a friend's Dell and trying to reload everything back on there, I shudder myself.. But not so much when I don't know what I'm doing.
Syrillian, my neighbor stressed that operating speed of a single core might not compare to a dual core. You think I'd be better off with a dual then for my uses? Modern software utylizes the processor correctly?
Can you explain to me the differences between those two video cards? Is it the clock speed being higher, and the pixelpipeline thing?
Powersupply- Ok, but is the difference significant? Also, he told me his PSU simply has ports in it, and if you need more plugs, you plug in more wires. It cuts down on total wire inside the unit. This isn't popular?
That case seems nice, especially with the ports on top at the fan. One of my worries is that I won't know where to plug in additional fans OR I won't have enough plugs? Although I figure if I'm making my own machine, I might as well have a shiny case with blue lights and SOME clear plastic?
I have extra fans from old machine's I've hacked apart. But grabbing more won't hurt I'm sure. They're kinda cool.
Thank you, you really did help. I mean that.
Does it come down two AMD vs. Intel?
Also, are most motherboards I'm looking at going to come with SATA ports for multiple HDD's?
Thanks for the alternate suggestions.
I understand that the pin configuration on motherboards is fairly specific, so I'd like to make sure I'm set with a pretty good processor. This, and videocards (not a major worry right now) are my areas of least knowledge and I want to make sure I'm set there for a few years of software.
Again, thank you both very much for your help. It genuinely does mean a lot to me, and I'd be lost without it. I simply don't know this stuff, nor where to look.
In response to the post I missed- I have a copy of XP pro, and a 17" LCD freebee. My friend's stepfather's office was upgrading.