Looking at building a computer for someone finishing up a Masters degree and working on a PhD. So most of the tasks would be simple Office apps and then work with Canvas, ArcGIS, and ENVI (image processing for Geo-spatial stuff, not like Photoshop). It won't be used for serious gaming, so no need for a high end graphics card, although when money permits this person may want to add a mid level graphics card (somewhere in the performance of a 9600GT, so again not high end). Its been a long time since I've built anything so I'm a bit out of the loop on components, esp AMDs. Also, the price is a big concern because students are poor. So far the components I've came up with are: Case: Cooler Master Elite RC-310 $39.99 HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 $64.99 Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H $69.99 PSU: Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus RS-500 $39.99 RAM: Patriot Extreme Performance Gaming Series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 $59.99 Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 640 $99.99 Total: $374.94 (not counting discounts and shipping) Recycled components will be: Monitor(s), KB, Mouse So, I was wondering about any suggestions for improved performance for not much increase in cost (or better yet lower cost), and any overall criticisms in the build. Edit: Also, this system is replacing a P4 system, so there is going to be quite a performance increase no matter what is decided on.