A friend of mine has asked me build her a desktop PC -- with a new Windows OS -- for US$ 1,000 or less. Can you guys give me some advice and suggestions as to the parts for a suitable Intel build, given her budget? My friend is a freelance writer and journalist. She will be using the machine for research and MS Office documents. She is neither a gamer nor a PC enthusiast. Simply put, she needs a desktop PC that is reasonably fast and won't BSOD on her while she's surfing the net or working on a story with MS Word. Her C2D desktop -- which had been a much-abused yet uncomplaining workhorse for longer than I can remember -- finally gave out a few days ago. It seems only her monitor, mouse and keyboard are still working reliably. I have not seen her old machine as of late and have no idea what other parts I can salvage from it. Given her budget, though, I'm guessing I have room to assume that everything else from her old machine is toast, and that we will have to buy all brand new parts. I'm thinking I should even assume that she'll need a new chassis. I'm not too familiar with AMD yet, and would prefer to build something within my comfort zone -- so it's going to be an Intel desktop.My friend insists on a Windows 7 OS as she is unfamiliar with W8. I'll be staying over at her apartment this weekend to work on the project. First time building a PC for anyone -- on my own, that is. I have to admit, I'm kinda excited about this first adventure. As always, your advice will be greatly appreciated.