Thanks for all the replies guys. Unfortunately I am now more confused than ever. It seems a lot of this is personal preference or opinion.
I realize that I don't neccesarily need to go high end on this stuff, but of there will be any performance advantage by doing so, I really dont mind spending the money.
I am leaning towards something like this:
Antec Sonata II Piano Black Quiet Mid Tower 450Watt ATX12V
DFI Lan Party NForce4 SLI-DR Audio/GB-LAN/IEEE/PCI-E/SATA/DDR/ATX 64 939
(I was planning to go with the Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe nForce4 SLI Audio/GB-LAN/IEEE/USB/PCI-E/SATA/DDR/ATX 64 939 but the guy at Monarch said that they have been having a lot of trouble with these, and the DFI would be a better choice - any thoughts on this comment?)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Dual-Core 512K Per Core 90nm (939) (Retail Box-w-Fan)
(This seems to be everyone's idea of the way to go, assuming I go with AMD)
Corsair 2GB kit (2 x 1GB) TWINX2048-3200PRO DDR-400 (PC-3200)
(Got this from the Corsair Reccomendation for this Mobo, but am open to any suggestions of course)
Western Digital 74 GB SATA 10K Raptor (WD740GD)
BFG GeForce 6600 GT OC 128MB GDDR3/PCI-E/TV-Out/Dual-DVI (Retail Box)
(Seems to be a good choice - gets me the dual DVI outs without spending like $500 on one of the really high end cards)
NEC ND-3540A 16X Dual Layer DVD±RW (Black) (OEM)
How is this looking now?
Monitors: I was considering getting the Dell 24" (or 2) but I have heard there is some kind of high pitched squeal issue with these, so I am now leaning towards getting 2 of the Samsung or Viewsonic 20.1"s - they both look good and have good reviews - any thoughts?
Thanks again for all the input