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My thinking is that the day when you could save money by building your own has long since passed.

Well have to agree to disagree. By choosing components wisely based on price/performance, you can still do it. Price out each component at various levels of performance, look for the inflection points where price jumps substantially. Buy just under the curve.

$1500 is a great number for building a gaming system. You can get just about anything you need. Look at sites like anandtech and tomshardware for detailed comparisons or motherboards, CPUs, and GPUs. Find where you get the most bang for your buck.

For a pedestrian machine, you won't do much better than an OEM. For a performance/gaming rig, I think you can do much better.
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