You'll have to give me the case to get my opinions.
AMD Athlon XP 1900-2100 MHz
>> I'm currently running a 1900 easily overclocked to 2000 - so whatever you go with, you can easily overclock it 100 higher - just remember that when deciding if the extra money is worth the speed gain.
>> Absolutely love my Soyo KT-333
. It utilizes the ViaKT333 Chipset which works with DDR333 SDRAM amongst other nice products. Another nice feature is the 4 USB 2.0 ports. I highly recommend it.
Edit: P.S. - For serious Internet, the motherboard has a built in broadband port (10/100).
512+ MB RAM (suggestion?)
>> With the KT333 mentioned above, I'm using Samsung PC2700 SDRAM (333 MHz) and have no problems whatsoever. When going with DDR, that's Double Data Rate and I can't tell the difference between my 512 MB DDR and the 1 GIG RAM I was using before.
Video Card w/TV out (suggestion?)
>> ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500 - Sweet card. When I get the cash, this is what I'm upgrading to. Of course there are those out there that don't like the ATI drivers, but I have had no problems with them and I would put this card in my dream machine.
Edit: Just saw you're not going to be doing a bunch of gaming. If so, I'd recommend the ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon DV. Slightly less powerful than the 8500, but more geared towards people doing digital video. Linky
. Here's one of the sweet options for using the computer for DVD playback:
» Control the TV, video, DVD and gaming features of the ALL-IN-WONDER® RADEON™ 8500DV from another room in the house using ATI's remote control*
» No need to point the remote control at the receiver - connect your PC to your TV and watch DVDs, search channels, or record TV shows from your couch
>> Whatever floats your boat - just make sure it's namebrand.
>> Anything Lite-On. Great products.
Sound Card w/digital out (suggestion?)
>> Dunno here - but the audio output of the Soyo KT333 motherboard is pretty sweet:
» On board CMI 8738 audio chip providing 6-channel audio solution
» Supports optical output
» SPDIF output
80-100 Gig HD
>> I'm a Maxtor guy and their large hard drives have worked great for me. I'm running a 30 Gig as my primary drive with a 120 Gig secondary. Works like a charm.
Have fun building your computer. I wish I had enough cash to build another one. Guess my AMD 1900XP will have to do for now