I have never done this before, but I have installed everything (and that includes a motherboard) except a power supply on my computers over the years.
What I want to build is a stripped down version cheaply - since it will only be for burning & ripping and small document/database work. No high end graphics work, no internet, no networking etc. My current comp handles that.
I haven't keep up with the trends and current manufacturers; I usually do research only if I need to replace or add something on to mine and I haven't done that for a long time as it does what I need to do very well.
What I am looking for is recommended inexpensive motherboards (integrated sound & audio probably) & CPUs, case & power supply. Everything else I have or know what I want. Would also like info on ease of installation, pitfalls in doing it this way and whether I'd be better off looking for system rather than building.