My girlfriends laptop is a few years old now and it's on its last legs. There's an error with the HDD, its slow to boot up, hangs frequently, heats up quickly and has Vista on it. I've managed to convince her to go for a desktop rather than a new laptop on the basis that you can upgrade a PC for cheaper than a laptop when it starts to show signs of slowdown etc. Plus the components are going to be better since I'll have control over what goes into it so it should last longer as well. Build profile Budget: £500 ideally, but prepared to go toup to £600 Main uses of intended build: Word processing, powerpoint, storing photo's and music, web-browsing, Youtube, and playing Minecraft. Something that could run Left 4 Dead would be a bonus as I have a disused Steam account with a copy that she could play. Parts required: Everything except mouse and speakers Previous build information (list details of parts): None - this is to replace a laptop Monitor resolution: N/A - the monitor is part of the build. Storage requirements: 320GB to 500GB Will you be overclocking: Possibly Any motherboard requirements: None in particular, although onboard VGA to keep cost as low as possible would be ideal Extra information about desired system: The quieter and cooler the better. A balance between the two would be ideal. Also, Windows 7 must be included in the cost. Absolute minimum of 2GB RAM but 4GB preferred unless you can justify needing less. General info Must include Windows 7, a decent monitor and keyboard. Since it's not going to be used for gaming very much, onboard VGA is ideal to keep the cost down. Also, 4GB of RAM. I see a lot of non-gaming builds with 2GB or RAM but I'm a firm believer that 4GB is the way to go whether it's for gaming or not. Also, if it's future-proof then all the better. So far the key components I'm considering are as follows: Coolermaster Elite 335 Case - Black at £29.99 Asus P7H55-M/USB3 Intel H55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 microATX Motherboard at £74.99 Intel Pentium Dual-Core G6950 2.80GHz (Socket LGA1156) - Retail at £64.99 Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 CPU Cooler at £18.99 Corsair Dominator 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMD4GX3M2A1600C9) at £70.49 Corsair CX 400W ATX Power Supply at £34.99 Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache at £31.49 Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM at £13.99 Samsung B2030N 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Glossy Black at £117.49 Logitech Ultra-Flat Keyboard (967653-0120) at £11.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Retail (Full Version) at £113.96 Total: £590.63 before shipping No mouse required (she has an awful pink one I've failed to talk her into replacing). She's also keeping the speakers she recently got. Prices are from www.overclockers.co.uk - I will likely shop around if it's beneficial, unless the savings are outweighed by multiple shipping fees. The cooler can go if it's not really needed, but I've put it in for overclocking the CPU if needed. I welcome any suggestions - feel free to recommend alternate components to those I've listed.