I've been browsing the forums for a month ago and decided that building my gaming PC would give me the best bang for my buck.
Approximate Purchase Date: this month
Budget Range: $600-800 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming, surfing the internet)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: best deals
Parts Preferences: Best for money
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: I don't currently have an OS, would I need to buy one or could I find someone with a legal copy I can use, and is there a difference? Also, I'm pretty technologically savvy but have no experience building or upgrading PCs, is building my own still a good idea?
This total includes the $50 in mail-in rebates, as well as the $15 gift card that can only be used at Newegg. It does not include $11.20 in shipping charges because I couldn't decide what to downgrade, so I am instead choosing to assume you'll sign up for a free 30-day ShopRunner trial and get free 2-day shipping
That power supply in particular is a steal at $30 with mail-in rebate and Newegg gift card until 1/18. That power supply is usually $60-$65; it hit $50 on Black Friday. They email the gift card four days after invoice, so my suggestion is to buy the power supply now so you can use the gift card when you buy the rest of your parts.