What the F guys.....
If you have never built a system just do it. I am sure several people here can talk you through it no problem at all.
The one I have now was build last april or so. basically top of the line or one step down on everything. Including the computer, case (ANTEC makes the best gaming cases ever and the ps on the bottom and vront to back flow channels mean great air flow), and 52" plasma monitor I came in about 2gs. The monitor (read Hidef TV) is a grand alone so the computer was only about 1k.
Are you totally against building one?
It really is much cheaper for gaming pcs (office pcs there are some low margin vendors but for the newer chipsets, CPUs, etc you do save by building your own).
Not calling BS, but can you point to anyplace where a case, mobo, 1000W PS, 4-6 gigs of gaming RAM, a 4-core AMD or Intel CPU, cooling, a 1TB HD, and a SOTA graphic card (even one) retails for $1000? That's before OS and associated trim.
Tom's Hardware site, which has been around for ages and is highly repsected, speced out a Digital Storm PC and built one with the exact same parts bought through mail-order. The exact same box. It was $250 lower than DS's price, before Tom's labor, with no warranty and no tech support.
I could build a business PC. I've done drives, replaced fans, added RAM, built partitions, etc. But a gaming box is a whole different animal. There's no way I'd try to install liquid cooling for example. Once upon a time gaming boxes WERE business computers, but not anymore. And before I risk leaivng $3000-4000 worth of components in a heap on the table I'll pay a company with real engineers to take the risk for me, and let me send it back for a refund if they screw up.
My dad built cat's whisker radios when he was a kid. Today, not so much. Times change, technology gets more complicated. Risks and costs of being wrong increase.
< Message edited by Bullwinkle58 -- 3/9/2011 12:53:51 PM >