The perfect computer for Vista needs not be the most expensive one... But there are some clues which you can use to make your Vista trip even more entertaining.
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 - £109.01http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/121407
Look for an Intel Core processor, they are cheap, consume less power than the competition and are powerful enough to cut through almost anything you through at them. The icing on the cake... The E4300 can be overclocked to a whopping 3.1GHz and comes with a retail fan.
Memory : Kingston Valueram 2GB - £89.79http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/91124/rb/25251690305
2GB is the minimum you should look for once you embark on the Vista adventure. Kingston is a trusted brand and 2GB DDR2 5400 at this price is a steal.
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA 8I945GZME-RH - £36.42http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/113825
The Gigabyte GA 8I945GZME-RH motherboard was developed specifically by Gigabyte to support the new Core 2 Duo processors. It brings you the advanced tech and powerful innovations you need to build a killer system. Its ready to roll with 800MHz FSB, support for Dual Channel DDR2 533 memory, and the groundbreaking Intel 945GZ Express and ICH7 chipsets. Not ideal for overclocking though.
Video card : BFG 8800GTS OC 320MB DDR3 Dual DVI PCI-E - £194.90http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/125183
Redefine your gaming reality with the BFG Tech GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB PCI Express graphics card featuring the world's first DirectX 10 GPU and a powerful unified architecture that delivers an incredibly true-to-life gaming experience.
Monitors : Video7 V7L22WD 22-inch screen - £440.48http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/121037
To really enjoy Vista, you will want 2 screens. Not ANY screens; these are two 22-inch slim bezel Video7 capable of WUXGA resolutions of 1680x1050 with a 700:1 contrast ratio and a 3 year warranty.
Media Center Case : Ebuyer's EV Silver Cube case with Side window and 650w PSU - £49.98http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/122772/rb/25252404292
A surprisingly good value micro case with a 650W PSU and a 120mm LED fan. It has enough power and room inside to cater for the rest of the components
Storage Hard disk drive : 2 Hitachi 250GB SATA drive with 8MB cache- £90.34http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/117755
Two drives in RAID-1 means that your chances of losing ALL your data in one go are drastically reduced. Hitachi are both cheap, reliable and performant. For those in the know, they have 2 platters rather than 3.
Keyboard and Touchpad : KeySonic KB-ACK-540RF - £31.59http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/104608/rb/25253228670
2.4Ghz Wireless Compact Keyboard with Integrated TouchPad. Control your PC from up to 10 metres away with this laptop-style keyboard with incorporated mouse! Perfect for Media Center use
Readyboost Memory : Veho 4GB Ultra Fast 80x SD Card - £24.00http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/123309
Windows Vista has implemented a Readyboost memory feature which should allow you to squeeze a bit more performance out of your computer for not that much money. More about readyboost here http://blogs.msdn.com/tomarcher/archive/2006/06/02/615199.aspx
Of course, you will have to add a Windows Vista OEM license. P&P is free at Ebuyer.