The A+ Cert is, IMHO , a building block. What I got out of it was generally how to be prepared for certification testing. The A+ wasn't bad once I understood the basic tenant of what they were testing FOR.
A majority of the Network admins I know at school districts are not A+ Certified and still pull a good salary.
A+ Core Hardware, Software Certified (May 13 2005)
the new beast...
AMD Athlon XP 3200+ Barton running at 2.16 Ghz.
GeForce MX 4000 (mainly takes the load off the main system)
Creative Labs Audigy 24-bit sound.
Some Case from tigerdirect
512 MB Ultra DDR RAM.
80GB Seagate HDD
LiteOn CD-RW / DVD ROM drive.
currently looking at a litescribe drive at staples, due to its ability to label the CD shortly after being burned.