Hey I know nothing about building computers but am in dire need of a new computer for photo/video/music editing...I was looking at dell and can't really stretch my budget over 1k and nothing in their repertoire really even comes close to that price. (even with the coups floating around) So I'm looking into building my own (can't be THAT hard right?)....I saw toms new build and looks pretty solid. I do play some games but am not too concerned, running a 22" 1680x1050 monitor.
Is this the best for the money? It says on the main page the prices have come down too since they themselves built it. Where can I get the best package for 1k? thanks.
(currect pc specs: dell e510, pentium d 3.2, 3gigs ram, ati 3650, windows xp media edition...still doesn't run THAT bad, keep it running smooth)
$1,250 Mid-Range System ComponentsComponent Model Price (USD)
Intel Core i7 920 $300
Bundled retail CPU cooler 0
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-DS4 $245
Crucial PC3-8500 CT3KIT12864BA1067 triple-channel memory kit $79
Sapphire Radeon 4850 X2 2 GB $330
Western Digital Caviar black 640GD 32 MB cache $85
Integrated Gigabit Networking 0
Cooler Master Centurion 534 $50
Corsair 650TX $100
LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GH20NS15 $23
edit PS: Is there a price drop comin soon? does it make more sense to wait?
HOWEVER, I think that getting an i7 setup is not in your best interest if you are looking for a PC under $1k. Most applications don't even take advantage of an i7 CPU enough to really be worth the cost. If I were you, I would get a Q6600 or Q9550 and still have a very powerful computer that would be just as fast as the i7 in most real world apps.