Ive been saving to build a decent gaming rig and not researching since there was no rush. Now that my laptop is destroyed... I must build ASAP. I've already acquired the Antec Twelve Hundred case, keyboard, mouse, speakers and a 1000 watt PSU. I have a 800-900(ish) total budget and live in CA so tax needs to be kept in mind. I plan on also purchasing a 32 inch TV to use as a monitor. The TV is not part of the budget but some suggestions would be very helpful. Oh, windows 7 needs to be included. Some features I would like to have would be a blue ray player, SSD drive, Intel... Whatever you'd think would be cool to include. Anyone that could help out would be much appreciate. Also im a student maybe I could get windows cheaper some how?..
Total: $707 including shipping
After Rebates/gift card $677
Another $76 or nothing for OS.
You could throw in a 80gb Vertex 2 for $165 w/ $15 MIR, though with the release of gen 3 SSD's right around the corner, I don't think it's the best idea. At the least, the new die shrinks will mean 1.5-2x the storage space for the same money.