So starting last weekend I put together the pieces for my first build ever. I'm ordering the pieces separately as I get paid because I can't afford it all at once. So far I've ordered the psu, the gpu, and the monitor. Here's my build. Since I didn't buy it at the time I put it together on pcpartpicker, the price has went back up, but 900 isn't my price range.
So I'm riding around today and I pass a computer store (the name escapes me atm), and I go in to look around hoping for some deals on parts. When I walk in, there's a pc on display for mid-high $500, can't remmber the exact price. The specs were as follows.
AMD 3.66 dual core cpu
8gb ddr3 (can be upgraded to 32)
dvi & vga
direct 11 radeon 7480D
1 yr warranty
The case was not named on the list of specs so I'm not sure what it was but it had AMD on the front panel...
I told the employee who was trying to sell me the computer that I was building my own and that I was just looking around for parts. The employee(I think the owner of the store) claimed that it was a $900 machine even if i built it myself.
I'm a pc newb, so can you guys give me advice on what I should do? Should I buy this computer and return my other pieces, or just stick with my build?
EDIT: WIll be using pc for primarily gaming. Graphically intense games like Metro LL and Crysis.
That looks like a very solid build. I don't think you could really lower it much without cutting into some of the core components. You could go with a Phenom II x4 to save $30 on the CPU and maybe find some ram for around $60 saving you another $15.
Can't really go any cheaper on HDD, PSU, case, or motherboard, and like you said you already have the other stuff.