jonnyguru.com has in-depth power supply reviews that go over ripple specs, overloading and all of the important shit.
As of right now, the best PSU for a single video card system is the Corsiar HX620 or HX520, and if you want a higher voltage PSU for crossfire or SLI (which I don’t recommend since it is a waste of money IMO), then you would need to read up more since I don’t pay attention to which are the best ultra high power PSU’s.
The best processors out right now for gaming are Intel Core 2 Duos or Quads. However, most games don’t push the quad core hard enough yet, so I recommend the Core 2 Duo to save some money.
For the graphic card, best bang for the buck is the Geforce 8800 GTS from nVidia. It will be under a different “brand” though since nVidia just makes the chip and reference card. Well known nVidia resellers include eVGA, BFG, and XFX. You can’t lose with any of those companies, but eVGA seems to have the lowest prices most of the time.
A good mobo is the Gigabyte DS3R, but it might have been updated by now. Check out hardforums or anandtech for more info on that shit. I haven’t been keeping up for a while.
This site right here is a good site to read about what ram chips are used in what brands: http://ramlist.ath.cx/ddr2/ Basically you only want to buy stuff that ONLY uses some sort of Micron D9 chip, since those are the best ram chips for overclocking. I recommend Crucial Ballistix since Micron is Crucial’s parent company. Plus I own a pair of 1 gb Crucial Ballistix DDR800s and they are rock stable.
The case is all preferance, but Lian-Li and Silverstone make some NIIIICE cases that look pimp and slick as hell. Plus it’ll get you girls if you buy one (not really… but they are very nice cases :bgrin:).
For harddrives, I like Seagate because they offer the best warranty in the business (5 years). Make sure to get an SATA one, since PATA is dated as hell. Nobody who builds a new computer should buy that shit anymore.
For the CD/DVD burner, I like lite-on and NEC drives, but most of them pretty much will work fine. This part doesn’t matter as much unless you have some specific tasks you wish to do, but trust me, you will know if you need the certain features. If not, just get anyone that looks good. Oh stick to SATA if you can too, PATA stuff is being phased out slowly but surely.
Floppy drive - umm, if you need one go to goodwill? lol
@pc1x1 - damn, those lights damned near blinded me when I clicked that picture, lol.