Wow. That's some comprehensive research right there. Thanks, RepuLse. For some reason, my Old Dell Dimension 4600 refuses to open www.newegg.com
(maybe some virus or something), but I'll try it sometime later. EDIT: I opened it!
Since the new processors are just coming and are very expensive, maybe I should focus on the more or less unchanging stuff, like monitors, sound cards, speakers, and such. That Viewsonic monitor looks great, and it seems to have good ratings.
Those speakers are top of the line stuff....dunno if my pockets can bear the emptiness....
The DVD and CD burner/reader is nice. HD-DVD and Blu-Ray can go.... to Timbuktu
for all I care. I do not need an easily-scratchable hard drive disc that's supposed to be "portable." At least VHSes didn't break so easily
That mouse is exactly what I had in mind. Perfect choice!
The mobo isn't the Deluxe or Premium variant, but that's I don't need that. Sadly, I'll probably need something else (and probably more expensive) for Core 2 Duo or AM2.
I was looking at that sound card, too, and their seems to be a snap-crackle-pop issue.....hmmmm.
Keyboard....seems good, and I agree with a blue rather than red backlight (red backlight=epilepsy to the fifth power), but some people are having problems with the keys' paint wearing off. I'll have to investigate.
Video card: I'll probably wait for the Nvidia 8 series.
HDD: Nice. Cheap. All I'll need.
RAM: 2 gigs is fine.
Thanks for your wisdom, RepuLse. I'll have to scour Newegg more often (when my computer lets me