Building a new PC, that will mostly be used for basic tasks, but also for the occasional game such as LoL (but I don't mind the low end of the graphic options.) Attempting to future proof/resist it as much as possible, would like it to last upwards of 5-6 years with as few spot upgrades as possible. All for very near $680, so bang-for-buck is in play here too (less than that is ok too. ) I am in the US but sadly nowhere near a microcenter. I already have a USB keyboard, USB mouse, and monitor. I will likely be buying parts before Tuesday. CPU: i5-3570K--$220 ($205 after a $15 gift from newegg.) Possibly the most future resistant processor available without spending my entire budget on it. Using stock fan for now. Allows for overclocking is bonus. Planning on using the integrated graphics for now; saving money on a video card allows me to buy this overslot processor and other components for better longevity. I can buy a dedicated card later and keep the system fresh. MoBo: My finalists are (in decreasing price as well as inclination order): MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt $130 after combo deal with CPU, has Thunderbolt for future resistance, but otherwise does not seem to have many more features than the following two...unless I'm missing something. (Without the combo, this one is eliminated.) MSI Z77A-GD55 $133 after $8 of shipping. (Although if you're getting something with free shipping, dunno if newegg still charges you on other items; assuming it does.) Seems like the former is the better option with the combo. This one I was looking at before checking combo prices though. MSI has good reviews on Cust. Service, so that's a definite plus for these first two. ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $136 after $8 of shipping. This thing has an incredible reputation. Seems like it should always be considered. Another question I have is between this and the GD55 why buy one or the other? Is price really the only discerning factor between them? ASRock Pro3 $76 with the combo. Picked this up from the Sticky atop the forum. Maybe I've been aiming too high on a mobo this whole time, although I remember coming across this earlier in my searches. Is the extra $54-60 worth it for the other mobos? Memory: Crucial Ballistix DDR3 8 Gigs--$36. Also has a combo with the processor if I haven't used that already. Samsung DDR3 8Gigs as found in the sticky--$40. Option A seems better right now. HDDrive: Seagate 7200 1TB SATA 6.0 -- $65 Between these two will likely be determined by how good I'm doing on budget. Seagate 7200 1.5TB SATA 6.0 -- $75 This one has awful reviews on NCIX, but has much better ones on other sites like TigerDirect. Optical Drive: Samsung DVD burner -- $16. Outside of a rare CD rip or burn, everything's digital, so why not get the cheapest available? OS: Windows 7 -- $90 Subtotal: $542-548 with the higher end mobos and 1TB harddrive, $488 with the Pro3 and 1TB harddrive. I'm missing a couple of important pieces! (In case you hadn't noticed. :awe PSU ? Computer Case ? And I have ~$132 or $192 to spend on them. The Mid-Range Sticky generally has these two listed for under $130, so I think I have budget for the better mobos. Unfortunately, the latest suggestion has gone pricey, and the case is out of stock; maybe I'm not seeing a combo deal, and I'm also not currently including rebates. Either way any leftover from the budget will be put toward Computer Security and then MSOffice. PSU: I looked a bit for a PSU, but really wasn't sure how much wattage I need. I don't think I need a lot with the system as it stands, but if and when I add a graphics card later, potentially another drive and more memory, my demand will increase significantly. I think it would be better to get one that will support the upper end now, as opposed to spending again to get a better PSU in the future. But I'm really lost as to what to look for, (how much wattage, what connectors I need for any given mobo, etc.) I'm also really nervous about the PSU because I don't want to fry the whole thing :'( Basically, help! ***If you make a recommendation I would be much obliged if you explained why it is good for my build and what makes it good for the build. Case: Mostly I want to nail down the PSU before I decide on a case, these two seem to go hand-in-hand a lot anyway. If you read all that, thank you for reading all that. Any input is greatly appreciated.