My Athlon 64 3700+ died, so it's time to build a new rig. Would you be so kind as do to a sanity check for me? It'll be primarily used for the Internet, viewing movies, and some rather light gaming. I'm going to run this strictly stock, no aftermarket coolers or O/C-ing. I'm located in the USA, but will be using the Internet for buying the parts. As for brand preferences, I'm going for an Intel system and only want reliable parts from highly reputable manufacturers. The last thing I need is a budget part that ends up not being a bargain in the end. CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US) I really don't need quad-core computing for what I do, so I think that a 3rd-gen dual-core CPU ought to do the trick for the next ~5 years. In case you were wondering why I picked the i3-3225 instead of the much more common i3-3220, it's because it has Intel HD 4000 graphics instead of the HD 2500 graphics seen on its more popular brother. I'm going to try to use the onboard video and see where it gets me before buying a video card. Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US) ASUS is generally seen as #1 or #1a (along w/ Gigabyte) in quality, and this model has just enough features to have some expansion possibilities without costing $TEXAS. I probably won't ever use some of the features on this model and could possibly get away with a B75 or H77, but the price differential between it and its lesser siblings was small enough that I thought it best to get this one. Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CAS 8 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg) G.Skill gets pretty good reviews, and the price is right. Since the Ivy Bridge chipset has native support for DDR3-1600, I decided to get a kit that is rated just to that spec since I'm not O/C-ing. The reason I picked the CAS 8 variant instead of the CAS 9 is mostly due to the heatspreader's color (8 is blue, 9 is red) since the motherboard's color scheme is black and blue. Red RAM sticks just wouldn't look right! Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US) It's one of the few 1TB HDDs that gets consistently good reviews. It's also got a 5-year warranty, which coincides with how long I'm projecting to keep this rig. I'd rather pay the $20 premium over the WD Blue version just for the peace of mind. Better $/GB exist for other 1TB HDDs, but that's OK. Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($100.49 @ NCIX US) It's quite elegant on the outside, easy to assemble on the inside, and has removable covers for the grills that don't have fans installed to reduce noise and dust. The only downsides are that it's quite heavy (27lbs / 12kg) and it doesn't have a separate HDD activity light on the front panel, merely a Power ON/OFF light. Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($63.98 @ Newegg) It's based on the Super Flower Golden Green PSU, and has excellent reviews (Jonnyguru, Anandtech, etc.) Even were I to get a low/mid-range graphics card later, I don't think I'd need more watts than this since I'm running a stock system. Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg) Seemingly America's favorite DVD burner, and who am I to argue? Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US) Metro may suck, but we all know Microsoft isn't going to change its mind. Might as well get used to it... NOTE: I'm going to try going with the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics and see if it's sufficient for my needs, but otherwise I'd get this: Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US) I could only afford to spend at most $150 for a video card, and this is the best card available for that price. I had an EVGA GeForce 6800GS card in my old rig, and their support was excellent.