Building a new system for my wife/daughter to use when I deploy this winter and take the laptop. This will most be used for web surfing, youtube, e-mail, hulu, etc once I leave in November. While I'm here, I'll be playing a bit of Starcraft 2 on it. My main focus was energy efficiency since it will be powered on 24/7 and energy is expensive in Alaska, and VALUE. Newegg was out of the question because their "free" shipping is outrageous to Alaska.
Processor: Intel i3 540 (Got for $75 from Frys, father bought it(he owed me), shipped up here)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 (Dont care about the form factor, will fit) $105 from Amazon
RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB(2x2gb) PC3-16000 ($99 from Ebay)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB ($69 from Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5 Juniper (Still waiting to purchase, ~150 hopefully)
Power SUpply: Antec Earthwatts 500 ($65 from Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite On 24X DVDRW ($25 from Ebay)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($30 from Amazon)
Case: Antec 300 Gaming Case ($60 from Amazon)
OS: Windows 7 Professional ($30 student)
Total invested so far is $484 without the video card. I do plan to overclock this a bit to take full advantage of the CPU. It look good?