1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing. Tinkering with software development type stuff. Might try to make a BB10 App. The BB10 emulator (uses VMWare) is a HUGE resource hog but supports multiple threads 2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread. $500 max. The lower the better. $300 would be stellar but I know that is not realistic. UPDATE: let's go $700 3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from. USA 4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc. Want an Intel i5. Do not care about 3D performance. Thinking of getting this i5: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&SID=u00000687 Not caring about 3D graphics, shoudl I consider this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116504 5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are. will reuse 1920x1200 LCD 7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds. default speeds 8. What resolution will you be using? 1920x1200 UPDATE: DUAL 9. WHEN do you plan to build it? BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY PURCHASES NOTE: I would prefer to make this as silent as is reasonably possible Thinking about getting this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&SID=u00000687 I thought OS was in the list? Anyway, I have a developers license for MSDN so I hope to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 along with maybe a Linux distro. So cost for this stuff is $0. I want a wired laser mouse and cheap keyboard. recomendations on that would be appreciated. Shooting for a 1TB+ drive and a 1.5TB backup drive.