Hmm, Personally, I’d go for a decent LGA775 Motherboard, mainly because I like the HT stuff, and I saw a nice little video of what happens when your heat sink comes off, thanks to tomshardware.com.
Anyways, You can find a decent LGA775 motherboard with all the extras for like $180AUD (I won’t bother converting, as it’ll be cheaper in the Americas than over here).
Also, there is DDR2 Ram out, which should up preformance a bit too.
I’d also make sure that the Video Card slot was PCI-Express, mainly due to the cheapness of the cards.
For a Hard drive, I’d go for around a 120GB SATA drive, maybe more depending on the prices where you live.
You can also pick up a DVD burner pretty cheap here in Australia at the moment, so I can assume that with the current prices, it would be a worthwhile investment.
With cases, I honestly cannot help. Just try and get something with a Front USB thingyconnectormabob.
So, Using the Current stats, Here’s what I’d go for… (and will, as I’m upgrading at within the next few weeks)
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<li>Motherboard: Intel D915PCY - 800FSB, 4xDDR2/533(2x), 1xATA/100, 4xSATA/150, PCI-E, On-board Sound.
<li>CPU: Intel Pentium 4 processor 520 - 2.8GHz, HT Technology, 800FSB.
<li>RAM: Corsair 512Mb XMS2 533MHz Dual Memory Kit (or you could go for the 1GB pack).
<li>Video: There are few cards out, and most of them are decent value for money. Australia is a little slow in this area, so I can’t give a propper answer. However, with my upgrade, I’m going for a Abit RX600XT 128MB PCI-E card, so I guess something similar, depending on prices.
<li>HDD: 120GB SATA - 8MB Cache.
<li>DVD/CD-Rom: I honestly don’t know much about the brands in this area, but as the DVD-Burners are cheap, I’d just grab one. Might want to grab a basic DVD-ROM as well to make copying a bit easier.
And that’s all I can be arsed typing for now, as the Australian big brother final eviction is on. Fare well.