Total comes to: $1002 shipped. (Holy shit, I didn't watch my prices at all!
I really, really, hate that case. I guess I'll get a different one and maybe a 6600GT video card... I can probably get a few extra bucks.
I'll 2nd the case
My opinion- you are not gaming, why spend a lot of cash on the vid card? A BFG 6800 OC 128mb card should be fine for you, check out ebay, there are a lot of them listed. Also do a search of tech bargains
keep your eyes open. Fry's has had them on sale- do not snooze on the sales though if this is the card you want. Either way, check out your local Best Buy and see what BFG cards they sell. I'm running a BFG GeForce FX 5900XT OC 128MB
- I do not game. You can find them here
There is nothing wrong with the Cavalier- it's a beautiful case & the price is right. It is similar to the wave master but much cheaper- allowing you more cash for other things. Just remember, your not gaming, why buy more than you need? Buy something decent, that will run say Doom 3 (go to their site & read requirements). If you need to upgrade later you can.
Go to price grabber & make an account- then shop for parts- add them to your shopping list. You will get a notification when prices come down.
For what you plan on doing, there is a nice 40 gig Hitachi
for under $50. It has decent seek times. Next, I would surf the Sunday ads for a 160+ slave HD to store your photos on. 160's can be had for as low as $50- so for $100 you can get 2 drives.
I would not get anything less than a 64 3200+ processor, if I could work the 3400+ into it, I would. My son's 3200+ runs slower than my 3200+ Barton.
You asked about a Pentium system, what I would do is price one out and go from there. I'm not up on P4 prices, so I really can't give you an answer on that. I will say that I am thinking of building one just for the hell of it. I go with AMD because they offer more bang for the buck, but remember, if you do price out an Intel system- stay away from the Celerons.
*I have to plug Intel every now & then, it pays my sisters salary