Ok it doesn't matter anymore because I bought my computer before I got a response.
I am putting together a new rig, courtesy of Ctnet's very nice product reviews and some shopping at newegg. I want to know how to tell if my parts will be compatible and how do I know how to update the software drivers, and most importantly, getting windows xp to use both cores of my dual core processor. Here is the rig:
P.S. I already have an O.k. monitor, so I'm not buying that.