A1 Approved links
The following sites are my personal bookmarks for various hardware and computing sites. These sites are on here because they all have some special quality to them; trustworthiness, quality of their articles, or even a constant source of good and timely news.
They're a great place to start before you start asking questions on the workshop!
Looking to build or buy a new computer? Read the following two articles:
Tech Report's "How to build a PC", featuring manicured manly hands.
Need more info about what's currently inside your computer? Try this program.
Wikipedia - just want to know general information? How something works?
for example, all about motherboards!
Google is your friend.
Hardware News and Reviews
The Tech Report
Silent PC Review - for silent computing
Frosty Tech - for cooling
jonnyGURU - for power supplies
XtremeSystems Forums - for the modding and mentally unstable enthusiast community
Virus and Spyware Tools
Microsoft Security Essentials
Drivers, Updates, etc.
DirectX - DirectX is updated monthly; run the web installer repeatedly to get the new files
DirectX 10 should be automatically updated via Vista's updater.
NVIDIA Motherboard and Video Drivers
ATI Motherboard and Video Drivers
ATI Mobility Drivers - if you have a laptop with an ATI video card
http://ati.amd.com/online/mobilecatalyst/ (direct link to download)
Realtek Sound Drivers