I now have the first stage of my new computer. I'm still using some cast off/borrowed components that need to be upgraded/replaced, but at a state where I can boot it up and play! Wow is it ever fast! I can't wait to see what it'll be like in a few months when I've finished souping it up. Mostly, what I need to upgrade is the ram and hard drive. Planning on getting 4 gigs of ddr2-800 which should be way more than enough RAM, and a pair of striped Baracuda 500gig drives. That'll give me a full terabyte of storage at ~170mb/s speeds.
Right now I just have a Core 2 Duo E6300. It's the cheapest of Intel's dual core offerings, but it's VERY temporary. The motherboard it's plugged in to is top of the line, and was the most expensive part. When the quad core chips come down to about $500 I'll grab one of those to replace the E6300.
Oh, and lastly, here's a pic of me over at Fishy's, all dressed up for a client appreciation gala. It was a night of shmoozing with the clients at The Old Mill. The food was divine, the band was incredible, and the booze was flowing a little too freely.