A few months ago, I would've slapped down a build, changes, a price, even reviews on each part. But not today. You say "...last me at least 4 years before I'll need to upgrade anything." I would recommend that you wait until 06/06/06 and later for the new Socket used on the Athlon 64, AM2. The old socket, 939, has a slowly dying upgrade path.
But, 939 will be sticking around for a long time, not nearly as long as AM2 will be. Here is just a basis on specs:
Athlon 64 3500+ (Socket 939)
1GB of RAM
120GB of HDD Space
An ample 450 PSU
And other little items, like a sound card, motherboard, etc. Not saying they are unimportant but usually your builder will have one ready. hth
I'm going to have a new computer, but I want one built (not by me). But I'm at a loss as to which processor to have Intel P4 or Athlon 64. Also I would like a 3D graphics card. Basically I'm on the internet a lot, I like to use my computer for digital photography and other graphics and I like to play point and click adventure games (Broken Sword etc). The latter being the reason for the new computer the games I want to play now need a bigger processor than I have and also some need a 3D graphics card. Can anyone give me some advice. I'm not a hard core gamer but I'd like to have a computer that's going to last me at least 4 years before I'll need to upgrade anything.
Thank you in anticipatition.