The computer I built six years ago has finally thrown up the white flag. Its time to upgrade, and for the past couple of days I've been researching and compiling a list of parts to buy in my price range. I was hoping that you could take a look at them and let me know what you think, if you've had trouble with compatibility, etc.
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
ASUS DRW-24B1ST SATA DVD Burner
I am reusing my full size Cooler Master tower and 850W power supply (which I replaced about a year ago, and believe has all the necessary connections). I do not plan on overclocking at this time, hopefully this will be good enough to cover my needs as a gamer and developer!
You'll need a Z77 board (or a 7 series board, in general), like the P8Z77-V Pro to be able to use the 3450 straight out of the box. A Z68 board (or any 6 series board) would need a BIOS update with a Sandy Bridge CPU installed first, to be able to use the 3450.