My wife wants me to build her a desktop computer, so I'm thinking I may do so for Christmas. I'm wondering how the Intel 4000 integrated graphics are on the Ivy Bridge chips. She doesn't game except for random stuff like World of Goo. Primarily it would be used for work, meaning Excel / Word / Powerpoint, ImageJ, and having lots of PDFs open. She would also probably want to use Splashtop to access it from her tablet, and I'm considering using her computer as our Plex Media Server to connect to our Roku box. Think I will I need a dedicated video card for that?
Right now, I'm looking at:
-Core i5 3570K
-16gb (2x8gb) DDR3 1600 or 1333 G.Skill RAM (is this still a good brand? Haven't built a computer since 2006)
-650W-ish power supply (SeaSonic, Corsair, or Silverstone)
-Samsung 830 120gb SSD for Windows and core programs
-2TB HDD for misc storage and media
-Antec 300 2 case
I have a Microcenter about an hour and a half away that I could use to get good deals on the motherboard / cpu and probably several other components. Any suggestions? Additionally, this is putting me in the mood to get myself a new desktop since I am still running a core 2 duo and 8800 GTS. Is core i5 and GTX 660ti the sweet spot for price/performance these days? I am running a single 23'' 1080p monitor, but might add another if performance won't be a big hit.