$100 Computer Case I like this one mostly because it's green. I'm not really sure what to look for in a computer case. I think my biggest concern is effective, quiet cooling. Though I should perhaps look into a heatsink rather than fans if I want quiet? Also like easily-accessible (probably front-mounted) USB ports.
$50 Power supply. Don't really know anything about these, but I do know that I'll need one. Any recommendations? Kinda guessing at the price.
$100 Motherboard Was listed as Newegg's top-rated motherboard. Also supports 8GB of RAM and quad-core processor. Not sure what else one should look for in a motherboard.
$300 CPU Quad core 2.4 GHz. Don't really understand CPU's aside from more GHz and more cores is better.
$250 RAM 4 sticks at 2gigs each. Not really sure what the different types of RAM mean, is there something specific I should be looking for?
$150 Hard Drive 500gigs or more. This particular one is 750 gigs. It'll take me a long time to fill that, sure, but once I build this computer, I'd like to keep it for many years. I don't know much about hard drives, save for the fact that bigger is better. Anything I should keep an eye out for here?
$50 CD/DVD drive Don't really burn disks all that often, so burning dozens of them in a short amount of time isn't really a necessity. Newegg seems to like this model.
$150 Video Card Don't know anything at all about video cards. Just kinda picked this one at random.
$100 Sound Card Same as with the video card. I've never really noticed a huge difference with varying qualities of sound, but that might just be because I've never used a really good audio device for any length of time. I do tend to lean towards Creative Labs products here, but can probably be persuaded if anyone thinks that's foolish.
Network card - Need to be able to get online. Don't know anything at all about these. Little help?
I'll need speakers, but that can be done after I've gotten the rest of the system, or I'll use the 5.1 system I currently have.
$400 Monitor The one part of the computer I'm willing to spend above average on. I have a friend who hooks his video games up to his computer monitor and it works with high-def. Would I need anything special to do that? Do only certain monitors support HD, or is pretty much anything made anymore going to support it?
$75 Keyboard I like Logitech for any sort of input device (webcams, mice, keyboards), but I also really like the keyboard on my laptop (IBM Thinkpad T43p). The keys are really thin relative to normal keyboards, and I haven't managed to find any that are similar to this one. If anyone has suggestions, let me know? Might consider a Mac keyboard if it would be compatible.
$50 Mouse Everyone seems to love this model. Supposedly there's a wireless version, but I couldn't find it.
That's about all I have as far as hardware. As far as software... I'll need an OS (Probably XP, might see if I can figure out what dual-booting is and get VISTA so I can play games that are being released as VISTA-only, perhaps Linux since I've never screwed around with that... is it possible to triple-boot?) I'll need some form of word processing. I've heard Open Office is better than MS Office for pretty much everything but Excel-stuff, and is free, so I'll probably just get that.
That brings me now to nearly $1800 on the new computer, assuming I go at the upper range of everything I'm planning to get, in addition to buying software and an as-of-yet unpriced network card. Is there anything necessary that I'm missing? Is there anything that's not necessary that I should have thought to include anyway?
If you've actually read all this and will respond constructively, thank you very much for taking time to help me out!