With the rapid rate of development of new PC hardware, motherboard manufactures seem to be releasing BIOS upgrades every few weeks just to keep pace with compatibility/performance issues.
The LCD can be connected to the PC in one of two ways. You can either use a 10pin ribbon cable, or a serial cable to get data from the PC to the LCD itself. This is the 10pin ribbon cable supplied. This connects directly to the motherboard. You will need a motherboard which has one of these 10pin connectors, otherwise Serial is your only option. The 10pin connectors are usually used to connect extra USB ports, but can run other things, such as this LCD.
Matrix Orbital, manufacturers of probably the finest add-on displays available to the modder today have a range of VFDs perfectly suited for the modder.
Compact Flash memory, the storage media of digital cameras, MP3 players and PDA's is getting cheaper and available with greater storage capacities, currently up to 512MB. Generally, the trend has been to buy the cheapest suitable capacity available or just accept the brand offered as part of a bundle when buying gear.