I decided not to go with lga 775 or 9800's . i work for foxconn as a Repair Tech & have been into it for a just about forever but even as my first build i decided i need to go with the newer tech even though its more pricy its also going to be more practicle in the future while the 775 and 9800s are allrady running on borrowed time it seems after doing the serious research and decision making i did for the i7 platform. bought everything yesterday and its en-route & expected on wednesday.
here it is.
yyeeaaaaa and no, i agree i could of saved probably around 500-600$ goin the other route in terms of tech. i def didnt drop almost 2 grand without going through every detail like anyone else. the hardest part of it all was the details. but for the extra $$ i got alot more longevity (and performance)on the system, every component has at least a 3 year warranty from the oem except the mobo and i got an extra 2 years on it for about 50$. the gpu and ram are lifetime, psu and cpu 3 years, hdd's 5 years. but i didnt spend as much as you though either. total cost of this build: $1,721.55 im getting vista ultimate 64 bit for about 20 bucks from a friend at work. and no foxconn for the majority pays unskilled hispanic & japaneese workers in there plants but thats why im there, to fix the bad ones as well as the f'd up ones from the assembly line. the manuf. diags & warranty techs / repair techs (what i do) help them keep there shady employment practices going. this is actually a result of a side job i took due to the slow season for business computers.
yea thats def. true, the 3rd 280 wouldnt give me its $'s worth in performance improvement, that was a hard choice to go with the 3 x16 slots and psu for em' but in the future when gaming gets really outta hand & the price drops on em' ill be glad plus the mobo is pretty solid. its got its own chipset heat sink that vents out using an expansion slot.. i cant wait to see what 2 of the 280's will do but hopefully i wont see all too many "issues" when putting it all together.