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Alright I have been thinking about building my own for some time, like right after I buy a PC. When the time comes to buy another, I get cold feet and just buy a factory made one again. Although I have dabbled in upgrading my old PC with memory cards, new video cards etc. I have yet to build one from the ground up. This time is no different.

I have briefly looked at different configurations from various makers and have to say that there is no financial advantage for building my own. I don't think matching motherboard, video card, memory, and cpu for optimal performance is as easy as it once was.

Here is what I'm looking at without disclosing who and where.

Processor & Memory:
Intel 45nm Core 2 Quad Q9300 ($270)
Clock Speed: 2.5Ghz
6MB L2 Cache
1333Mhz Front-Side Bus
4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2-800 memory; max capacity 8GB($80)

NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI Chipset MotherBoard ($190)

500GB (7,200 RPM) SATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive($100)
20x DVDRW drive with Double Layer ($23)
16x DVD-ROM drive
12-in-1 Media Reader

512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX graphics card ($215)
2x DVI, 1x S-Video (HDTV Compatible)

Plus the 600W power, mouse, keyboard, case, sound card, ethernet card, and Vista64 home edition for the price of $1499 minus $200 mail in rebate so it will end up costing me about $1300 without the monitor.

Even if they sent the stuff in a box unassembled, I wouldn't be out any money from buying all of the components individualy. If it's all up and running when I get it all the better.

The maker is cyberpowerPC and I know they have a pretty sketchy reputation, but it's being sold through Costco which has pretty solid reputation and fairly good return policy.

Disclosure: Costco member and shareholder ;-)
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