First of all, welcome to the forums
"1. the computer itself when turned on displays a list of choices to start windows these are, last known good configuration, safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with dos, start normally, i have tried all of these options and the computer after bringing up the windows XP screen for 45 secs then just restarts and then the process is repeated any ideas?"
Well, if your using a hard drive that hasn't been formatted after setting up the new PC and you were using the same one with the old computer setup, then that'll be the reason why its not working.
You see, XP has protection on it to stop it being used on another PC, and your PC to XP now, is another PC.
I'm afraid to get it working, you'd have to do a full format of it and re-install Windows.
Back it up first though of course if you can by putting it in as slave with another hard drive if you can get hold of one.
"2. i have just bought a thermaltake armor series case but cannot figure out where to put the top mounted USB, Firewire, earphone and mic cabling to on my motherboard, the MB is a DFI Lanparty NF4."
I have that problem with my front USB ports, though they need an adapter of some sort, since these are just cables and don;t actually have the hardware implemented.
The firewire and USB though could plug into the motherboard, since these are mostly built in, and just need to be plugged into the socket to get it to work. Check the manual for advise on where.
"3. also i have a Mitsumi 7 in 1 card reader with built in FDD, the FDD is connected but i cannot figure out where to put the cabling for the card reader on the MB"
I'm afraid I can't help with that, but I'm sure someone else will.
I hope these suggestions help