Ok I have to step in this post is full of misI'm not
going to bother posting my credentials because people would become
bored reading them..
Windows XP runs fine on 512M of ram. Most systems these days are
sold with 512M or ram with a celeron processor (look at Dells). This
is not an issue. Almost all laptops are also sold with 512M or ram
with a mobile processor. Granted, 1Gig of memory is always desirable,
more memory is always better but 512M is sufficient for most users
doing general work.
Most motherboards these days have integrated video, sounds, LAN, etc
built onto them. The cd/dvd connects directly to the motherboard. I
use mostly MSI boards when I build since they are stable and
inexpensive. Many higher end boards may require a separate card for
each of these options but unless you are building a rig for specific
higher end purposes you can use a board with integrated features. I
have 4 sitting next to me right now and am in the process of
building 19 at my day job.
Floppy disks aren't notorious for viruses. I always put a floppy in
every system I build. They cost 9 dollars and are a good last ditch
effort to get into a failed system. Granted, a boot CD or even a USB
key has more room for data but I can't count the number of times
I've used a floppy for different tasks and they are very cheap. Every
system should have an updated anti virus program on it anyway.
Finally, AMD cpu's are not 'quirky' and they do not have 'weird
problems'! I have 9 servers running AMD cpu's with a variety of OS's
to include Windows 2000, 2003, and Linux (Fedora core 3). I am also
in the process of building a server with dual Opterons. AMD has
consistantly beat Intel on a 1:1 basis when it comes to benchmarks.
They are also the leader in dual core technology. I have no idea
where you came up with the thought that AMD systems have 'quirky'
problems. I doubt major vendors would be sending out 64bit AMD
laptops and systems if this were the case.
I know none of this had anything to do with jewelry but....