Is 2500 including monitor, keyboard/mouse, speakers etc? Or is it just the main components of the computer.
I was trying to figure out how to do a new build for that much, just computer components alone I was thinking nvidia 790i, ddr3 ram, a 9800gx2 and a Intel extreme processor and I was still going to have money left over.
Components have really come down, even for the best of the best high end stuff. The industry is no longer moving at a break neck pace as it used to. video cards, processors and even motherboard tech is crawling like a snail. It's a bummer.
You know its bad when you bought a top of the line computer in Dec 2006, and you can still buy the exact same one today, although just a tad cheaper. Pretty sad if you ask me, especially with the economy like it is. I WANT to spend money, but why if t won't get me anything much better then I have now?
I have been thinking....hmmm only 1 GPU?.......you can go with the crazy configuration till $2500 but I think this (below) is more than enough.
Proc : Q9300
Mobo : ASUS P5X38 (comes bundled with a separate (not onboard) PCIex1 SupremeFXII 7.1 HD-Audio card, so that you don't have to buy extra soundcard to get a decent quality).
RAM : 2x (2x2GB DDR2 800 Crucial Ballistix).
Case : Antec 1200 (expensive) or Coolermaster cm690 (cheaper but good).
PSU : Corsair 450W or 550W (only for 1 GPU)
HDD : Seagate 500GB 32MB 7200.11
CPU Fan : Zalman CNPS9700LED
Keyboard : just pick one that suits your taste
Monitor : ViewSonic VX1940w 19" 2ms 1680x1050 (19'' is maximum to a 1 GPU configuration)
Speaker : Creative GigaWorks S750 THX 7.1
Drives : Samsung SH-S203B, and/or buy a blue-ray drive if you like.
VGA : gotta wait a few weeks from now. But remember that X38 is a crossfire chipset.
OS : VISTA Ultimate 64bit