here's guide for building a PC. it's actually the one I started on, although it may be updated:
before their K8 boards, DFI were really only average, however the boards they have now have just excelled.
DFI's NF4 series boards are built for overclocking. world record overclocks are held on DFI NF4 boards. however they are still great boards even if you're not overclocking.
I would say definately get a DVD burner.
I have LG's 4163B, which is an earlier model, and it's a great drive. it's also very quiet. I'm sure this one will be also.
I would save a bit of money on the PSU. I'm not saying get a cheapo PSU, because PSU's are very important. but that PSU is a bit expensive.
this PSU is one of the best in terms of stability. it doesn't cost as much as Enermax's PSU though.
plus, you can actually take out the wires you don't need on this one.
and like said, you won't need the extra SATA controller
in the past 2 or 3 of years, AMD have been at their peak in development, with their Athlon 64's. and they've really been giving Intel a run for their money, despite their lack of advertising.
IMO, Intel really fell behind in terms of technology with the Pentium 4's. they were fast for a while, but the concept behind them was mainly just to get higher clock speeds. AMD focused on making CPU's run fast without having as high clock speeds.
the Pentium 4 and Athlon XP battled it out for the performance crown. it was always close. Intel made Hyperthreading which put them in the lead, but AMD's Athlon 64's left Intel behind. Intel kinda began to struggle.
Intel made the Prescott core, which was supposed to get 5GHZ but never even got 4GHZ unless it was in the hands of an overclocker.
Intel's netburst architecture of the Pentium 4's is at a brick wall.
now, Intel have actually gone backwards. to be specific, they are developing on the Pentium 3 for their next CPU.
Intel did come out with dual core CPU's first, however I think AMD has had more success with them. AMD has actually challenged Intel to a "dual core duel"
basically, it means AMD's top dual core CPU against Intel's top dual core CPU. Intel still hasn't accepted.
one big feature of AMD's K8 CPU's is their onboard memory controller. instead of talking to a memory controller on the motherboard, their onboard controller allows them to talk to RAM directly. that means they get a lot faster memory transfer rates than comparable Intel systems
Intel's CPU's can use DDR2 now, which is one thing they have as an advantage, however it doesn't give them much of an advantage, because they still depend on an external memory controler.
AMD is coming out with a new socket which should come out early next year, called M2, that will allow K8 CPU's to use DDR2. on top of their onboard memory controllers, it means the Pentium 4's will have nothing over the K8's except for Hyperthreading, which isn't doing much now since dual core CPU's are out.