I am building this PC on Maingear.com, heard a lot of good things about them. As far the price, I do feel a bit over priced, however knowing their commitment in quality control and reliability, a few hundred $ more is worth it in my opinion. Hey, if you guys think i am being mislead/misinformed please let me know, i am open for anything.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Feb2010 to Mar2010
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: High End game, movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Maingear.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: best you see fit
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 HP w2207h, 1360x768 Samsung 720P HDTV
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Fan cooling. Dual Monitor set up, HDTV will be used to view movies, HP used for gaming.
it took me a second to realize that you aren't actually assembling your system yourself... which i would definitely recommend. it's more fun, you learn a lot more about your system, and with this setup you'll save a HUGE amount of money. you'll end up with a system that'll be way faster and cost much less.
if you're spending close to 2500 and only getting one video card and a 965... well take a look at some of the more recent sbm from 09 and you'll see what you can do if you build your own.
there are tons and tons of resources and step by step help and nice folks to hold your hand if you've never done it before... it just makes sense to go for it! did i mention it's actually really fun?