Little late in the game Bullwinkle, but I got a new computer from NewEgg.com last summer. The brand name is IBuyPower. I've been very pleased with this computer, it came clean (that is Win7 OS only installed) and is built for gaming. The only con I had was the cooling fans were only 80mm, but I easily rememdied that for an extra $10 and bought some good 120mm fans plus a PCI slot fan for good measure, well two, the tower is a little flimsy, but usable.
Specs: I7 Core 930 Bloomfield, 12 GB of RAM, 1 TB HD, GeForce GS250 Video Card. It has purred like a kitten from day 1 with zero problems.
I'm waiting on one last e-mail answer fromtech suport on yet another fan question, then I'm ordering today. I decided to go with DigitalStorm. Not the cheapest, but pretty good, and I think they have the customer service I'm looking for.
One thing I've learned is that most of the major gaming rig configurators have dual channels. They offer customization (which I'm doing) as well as a line of pre-configured models which they sell through channels like Newegg and Tiger Direct at a lower price to reflect the lack of customization labor. They can set up efficient production runs of these, using the exact components they use in the customized boxes, and get customers who want power but either don't want to pay the boutique labor, or just don't want to mess with the details of customizing. DigitalStorm just launched a new line of these pre-made PCs this week. They are screaming designs, more powerful than I'm getting in some areas, but several hundred dollars cheaper. Good marketing, good operational strategy. I believe CyberpowerPC does the same, as well as others.
This learning and trade-off period has been a lot of fun for me. Things have changed so much since I was last in the market. And it could go on if I let it. Just last night I found a better alternative keyboard than the Razer for what I want. Tiny Chinese company, teetering on failure, but they seem to make the best keyboard I've been able to find for my set of requirements.
Cherry MX Brown switches instead of Blue, a "normal" font on the keys instead of Razer's "Kool Dude" font, no macro keys where I don't want them, etc. The Razer was a compromise; this one looks like a perfect fit. Before the Web this wouldn't have been possible. This company would never be able to get brick&mortar shelf space with the marketing and slotting fees that entails.
I've also been able to use YouTube extensively to see monitors, mice, keyboards, etc. in actual use. The "unboxing" video is stereotypical by now, and some are much better than others, but this medium is perfect for seeing what you get in the box and how it looks set ujp. The audio of the "clickiness" of various keyboards is what helped steer me away from Cherry MX Blue switches for example.
I'm pretty excited on the new addition to the family. Now I can start the really fun stuff--looking for games to stretch its legs. I'll still play AE of course, but sometimes you don't want to think. You just want to blow stuff up!!