So I dipped my toe into PC building. Partly from curiosity, partly from gaming on a PS3 for too long... Micro Center: CPU, Memory, Power Supply Craigslist: Motherboard, Storage, Video Card, OS, WiFi adapter, Case Staples: SSD Personal: Storage, Optical Drive
Edit: I got in some interior shots, by popular request. There isn't a space behind everything for easy cable management, but I minded the clutter where possible. The Gigabyte board glows orange.
I was fortunate enough to get a cheap computer with a 500GB hard drive, Windows 7, and Office 2007 (so .docx, etc.), though that means it requires a specific drive boot. That results in a lack of concurrent work and gaming, therefore not maximizing the RAM usage. Oh well.