When I built mine I used toms hardware guide.And read alot of news groups.My computer is a screaming box.
up to 2800+AMDI have 2400+ the other chips weren't out yet.
512 pc 2700 ram
52x48x52 liteon burner
80 Gig WD hard drive 8mb cache
sound blaster mp3+5 creative labs
I know some of the parts like sound card and vid card are not top of the line but i was running out of money payd cash for all the parts.I also read that the Radion is pulling ahead of Gforce but they seem to have had alot of problems with drivers in the past.
Im runing win xp pro and linux suse 8.2 duel boot system.
Later Pat S.