Architectural CAD drafter, residential painter, disc golfer, beer drinker. Not necessarily in that order.
I've kept my trusty Dell XPS 400 Pentium D 820 going strong for almost nine years. Let me repeat: A dual-core 2.8 GHz Pentium D, with a (gigantic) stock cooler, has been running rock solid for almost nine years.
I've upgraded the GPU twice - first was an EVGA nVidia 8800 GT that lasted about 5 years. Absolutely a phenomenal card. It died a glorious death, only to be replaced by a budget-conscious EVGA GeForce GT 630 O.C. It works, OK?
I'm about to start my first PC build, one piece at a time. I want an Intel CPU, but I keep getting pulled back to AMD because of the price. No plans to do any crazy overclocking; I just want to have a solid, long-term system that will run AutoCad, Revit, Illustrator/Photoshop, a little 3D rendering here and there, and run games at a smooth framerate with above average quality.