Using PC Part Picker, I was able to verify that I could build a decent PC for under $700, so that established my budget. I didn't want to buy from multiple online vendors, wait for the parts to show up, maybe get dropped off at my front door with nobody home, oh did I mention wait time? So after trim painting my basement (who doesn't hate trimming?), I rewarded myself by visiting Micro Center in Westmont, now my favorite store of all time. Starting with the CPU, I was helped by Peter, who was fantastic at helping me find components on sale or at discount. We used $85 of in-store coupons and $30 mail-in rebates to get this build under that magic budget number. After 3.5 hours and 6 Fat Tires, I had Windows 7 installing updates and running off my home 42" LCD. A good time was had by all, well, me.