I've been contemplating on either building a PC myself (haven't done so before), or buying one pre-built. I'd prefer the latter, but if I can save serious dough building one myself then I would consider it. I ran across this pre-built system on Amazon that has everything I'm looking for, and I'd like to hear anyone's comments on it price wise. Is this a decent price, and realistically how much would it cost for you to build the same system?
You're getting ripped off. To start, the X6 CPUs are basically worthless. You'd spend the same on a X6/AM3 build as you would an i5-2500K/P67 build, but the i5 would give you a good 20-30% performance increase. Second, $1550 for an X6/6970 build is a lot more than you could build it for. If I had $1,500+ to spend on a build, I'd build this (I'll check prices in a minute or two):