Here's my configuration. I changed the CPU and hard drive to save a bit of money, and also had to use G.Skill RAM because the other one that was mentioned in the Lifehacker article was out of stock.
Pioneer CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-218LBK LabelFlash Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827129045
TRENDnet TEG-PCITXR 10/ 100/ 1000/ 2000Mbps PCI Copper Gigabit Network Adapter - Retail
Item #: N82E16833156139
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136074
EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130339
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231166
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q8400 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115057
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128358
I initially had problems booting with the USB Stick and kept getting "Verifying DMI Pool Data", and then I realized I missed the important step of applying the EP45UD3P Snow Leopard patch to it. Once I did that, I was thankfully able to get to the next step of installing Snow Leopard.
I had several kernel panics while attempting to install snow leopard. It would get stuck at 28 minutes left, but finally, after my third or fourth attempt, the Snow Leopard install to the hard drive worked.
If I keep the USB drive plugged in, it automatically loads up the Snow Leopard Install screen. If I disconnect the USB drive and attempt to boot only to the hard drive (which it sees and recognizes), I get stuck at the nasty "Verifying DMI Pool Data". I have re-installed Snow Leopard to the hard drive twice and keep getting this message.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Ok, I got it to work. This is what I did:
I went back to the No-Hack install. Even though I would get a Kernel Panic while installing to my hard drive, it will eventually complete the install. (sometimes it takes a bit of time).
I then realized you're supposed to keep the USB boot drive in the computer to get the hard drive to boot. It always defaulted to the Snow Leopard installers...but here is why it defaulted to the Snow Leopard Installer:
I was using an OLD monitor -- a CRT that couldn't handle the higher resolution required. It was giving me an "Out of Range" signal. Since I didn't respond to with any arrow keys to select the hard drive monitor, by default it selected the Snow Leopard installer (from the USB key for me) after several seconds. Once I used an up-to-date monitor that could handle a higher resolution, I was successfully able to see the Boot Screen and select the hard drive on my own.
And now, happily, Snow Leopard boots for me.
Hopefully this gives some of you some help, as it had me stuck for about a day as I was trying to troubleshoot it.
So keep the USB key plugged in
And use an up-to-date monitor.