Ok, I have only really been involved with this small portion of the community for two days and I've met nice people and almost double in knowledge gained. I see a lot of the same posts coming in about budget builds for gaming, so I kind of made the best/cheapest one I could create using nothing but MIR's.
This is what I came up with, feel free to interject your own with your own findings!
So for $536.25 you get a machine that can play anything you throw at it on high settings and will last you well into late next year before OEM mainstream really starts to make you look like everyone else (IE, your hardware gets old). Not bad, I think...
*Pending on your location/shipping package you chose.
Edits in BOLD
I doubt this system would last into late next year. The 8800gt is already showing its age, and by xmas methinks there will be plenty of games it will have to step down to medium on.
I was thinking that too after a while, so I'll mod the current list to fit in an HD 4850, which will have a much more longevity.
Removed the EVGA 8800GT, and add the ASUS HD4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI/e x16/2.0