Build-it-Yourself System?

So I need to build myself a real kicker. I'm a gamer, but I'm not a PC gamer, I do all mine on my PS3, however, I need a machine that can really kick some butt when it comes to power and speed. I am an animator and I need something that can render my projects like a breeze and save me time. I found this sucker here: http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668418.php and it looks phenomenal for the price. I've built myself computers in the past, and when I searched Newegg for parts to match it, I ended up have a cart that was more expensive than this machine. Lenovo is nearly double that for a Thinkstation, and I don't know what to do. People keep telling me that it is possible to build and equivalent system to that for under 1300. Can it be done? Can someone help?
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  1. Yes, it can done. Do you mind showing up the list of parts you had? Just look for a few combos and don't get an excessive 16GB of RAM (even when you're rendering your projects, you won't use more than 8GB max).
  2. blackjellognomes said:
    Yes, it can done. Do you mind showing up the list of parts you had? Just look for a few combos and don't get an excessive 16GB of RAM (even when you're rendering your projects, you won't use more than 8GB max).


    I ditched the list of parts that I had. I remember the highest stuff I could find at the time was a Phenom processor and it came included in a number of deals. I had at about 1 grand for a system about 1/3rd as good as this machine. If you could find a certain setup that would match that Gateway's specs for less, I would be strongly interested in it.
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