Well, about 2 weeks ago I built my new Windows 7 system from scratch overnight and I'm very impressed with it compared to my old Xp Sp3, 2 gig Ram, Pentium D system that I used faithfully for 5 or so years. I just wanted to share this for anyone that may be looking to build a nice fast system, but are not necessarily gamers (like me), not that you can't play games on this system, cause' the two that I've tried perform very well.
I should say that I'm a moderate flight simmer (Xplane and MSFS) and not much of a gamer other than that, cept' for an occasional shooter when my mood warrants. I'm mostly a downloader, web video (Youtube) watcher, web surfer and moderate multi-tasker (maybe 3 to 4 programs at once). This computer works very well for my needs.
So, as usual when building a computer, I think that one should start with a good foundation, which I think is the motherboard. I chose the ASUS P8P67 vanilla board because I didn't really need SLI or the other things that the "Pro" had, although I kind of wish I had gotten the "Pro" for future upgrades, but this one will do me fine. I didn't get a SSD yet, I'll wait a while until prices go down. So here's the system I built and what it costs me.