Need Advice on what to buy?

IM looking into building my first gaming computer. My friend who has built a couple already has told me he would help me put it together after i order the parts. I have a maximum budget of $3000 monitor is needed... Any advice??
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  1. $3000?!

    Wait for the new intel chip, and also wait for 4870x2 =) if your going to spent that much.
  2. Good news for you. $3000 will get you awesome stuff.
  3. At some point you get really diminishing returns on your investment... and NO ONE is going to say that a ultra-high-end PC is a good investment for a gamer. $2000 will buy you an obscenely nice rig and just set aside the $1000 for your next rig, a mid-life upgrade or just a boat load of games. The money you spend going from $2000 to $3000 won't have a very dramatic impact on performance... especially when compared to the jump in performance going from $1000 to $2000. If money is absolutely no object, sure... why not? But if you're like the rest of us, $3000 is probably overkill.
  4. thanks for that lol i mean 3000 is all i got and i wasnt sure how much it costs to build a new comp- im a total noob when it comes to that but if someone could point me in the right direction that would be wonderful
  5. Motherboard: Gigabyte X48-DS4 ATX LGA775 X48
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450
    RAM: Corsair DC TWINX 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 DDR2_SDRAM 800MHz
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Western_Digital Caviar 640GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Buffer
    Hard Drive 2nd: Western Digital Caviar 640GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Buffer
    VIDEO: ATI RADEON HD 4870
    Power: Corsair TX Series TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX
    CPU COOLER: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 CPU Cooler

    This is my build.
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