If you have money to burn then the following components are for you. These bits when put together will produce one of top-of-the-range machines you can currently buy. Bare in mind that you can mix and match components around to suit your needs.
Pentium III 550Mhz
When you have money to spare you will want the best CPU. Currently (12/6/99) the best one is the Pentium III 550Mhz. Not only is this the fastest CPU out you also get the KNI instructions. Simply put KNI instructions will make the software, which is especially written for it, run much faster with that CPU. Not many programs support KNI at the moment, but they should be coming out soon. The price of this CPU is so expensive that it's not funny. You can expect to find it for around $1400AUS-$1600AUS. Not a cheap item
Mother Board: SY-D6IBA+
The suggested motherboard is a SY-D6IBA Dual Pentium II board with Ultra2 Wide SCSI Built in. I've look at one of these, read many reviews and concluded that this is an excellent motherboard. First of the DUAL bit is important and this means you can plug in another P-III CPU. Two CPUs have many benefits, but at the moment they are really too expensive to consider. The Ultra2 Wide SCSI means that a SCSI controller has been built into the motherboard. In simple terms Ultra2 SCSI allows much faster data transfers from a Storage or external device. The motherboard costs around $1000+
Memory: PC 100 SD RAM.
When buying RAM make sure you get PC-100 SD RAM. This is the standard at the moment. Get around 256MB.
I'd say that with RAM almost any brand will suffice. Some of the better brands are Apacer, hyundai, Mitsubishi, Samsung and LG. Expect to pay around$100-$400 depending on its chip configuration (weather it comes in 32MB, 64MB or 128MB)
Drive: Hitachi Pegasus DK3E1T-91WS
My friends say that this is one of the best hard drives around. I've read some reviews and collected information on this drive. I can say that it is very fast and extremely expensive. But this section is for people who have money to burn.
Video Card: Ultra TNT2 card
I'd have to say that UltraTNT2 based boards are the best Video Cards around at the moment. The current king of the hill is the Dynamite UltraTNT2. This is the fastest out so far. Expect to pay from around $450- $600.
Next is the Budget hardware section
A great 21" monitor. I think that this is one of the best monitors currently available. Picture quality is excellent. The price is expensive, but what is money when you have it to burn. It's price $2760+
Card: The Diamond Monster Sound MX300
Either this card or a SBLIVE! card. the SBLIVE! is a more expensive card that the MX300. But they are roughly the same. The SBLIVE! is recommended for musicians while the MX300 is for gamers. You can get this from around $130-$200
CD ROM: Kenwood
True 52x CD ROM
This is THE best CD-ROM drive you can buy. It is very fast, at TRUE52x speed. The TRUE means that is will stay around 52x for most of the time, unlike other CD-ROMs which only run at their maximum speed in a small section of the CD it is reading. The other good feature about this is that this CD-ROM is very quiet. Some CD-ROMs make so much noise and vibrations that they seem like they are going to shake your computer apart.
Mouse: Microsoft's IntelliPoint Pro Mouse
I prefer Microsoft IntelliPoint mice. Mainly because of their wheel. When you buy your computer I suggest you try out the mice they have so you can find the type you like. Expect to pay in the $100's for one of these mice.