I intend to use the onboard video at the beginning and no additional graphic card (if one is needed, I won't get it for a while but I am hopeful the board is so good that the question will never come up again
Yes, you are right, mobo, rams, harddrive, dvd to get started. I will need to be able to use usb ports quickly (camera, ipod...). Sound can wait a little if I need to do something fancy. In other words, I need to get that PC running now and then address all the bells and whistles later.
Does a mobo draws power and how much? I never really thought about it.
My old one was an abit NF7-2S (or something like that) with a video card. That PSU was OK with it.
I need to go back to the basic and I need to check if the PSU is still in working order (no PSU tester on hand). Any suggestion?