I plan on purchasing a new computer within the next 2 weeks, however I want to see if I can do better if I build it myself. So basically I want to ask all you guys who've made a computer recently what parts you guys used, how much they cost and links if you can give them. Now I've read the 2 stickied articles about building a computer but I still want to get a general sense as to what I'am dealing with here and what would be the best value.
Definitely build it yourself, if you fill out the template shown in the link why me posted we can help you pick out a great build for your needs. The pricing really depends on luck and location, i know prices are a lot higher overseas and if you are buying off of newegg combos can take a big chunk of of the cost if you get lucky. My build is listed below, total cost after shipping $830 thanks to about $130 in combos and promo codes, i dare you to find a better prebuilt system for that much. Part choices really depend on your needs, most people dont need an i7 and would still be able to get by just fine on an old P4, but depending on what you intend to do you may only want a dual core for low heat or an i7 for faster gaming and transcoding, anyway we need more info before we can help.
PII 955 @ 3.2GHz
ASUS M4A79T Deluxe
4GB Gskill 1333MHz DDR3
XFX HD 4850
WD Caviar Black 1TB
Antec Earthwatts 500
^Agreed. Imo, wait for the release of i5 and ATI 5xxx. Also curious, why no AMD? You do realize that AMD owns ATI?
Anyways, Why_Me has a great build. +1.
yeah i just might do that
anyways i prefer a intel + nvidia combo ever since my hd2900 went dead for no apparent reason (had geek squad at my house to check it out and they were stumped too) and the replacement I got did the same thing. i still don't mind a intel + ati combo but for some reason i dont like amd processors