So...wonderful news today. They can go up to around $2000. BUT...I am NOT doing that. I'm thinking $700-800 max. Basically, my friend said that if he was buying in a store, he and his mom would go up to $2000. But, they aren't buying from a store and the whole point of this is to save money. So, with that said, we can probably upgrade some parts. Haha.
EDIT: Okie doke. Here's what I've got so far...a few things are a toss up that I need opinions on...I'll bold them. All prices include shipping to my zip. But, in reality shipping won't be AS expensive bundling everything together.
CPU: PII X4 955
-$165 (would it be worth it to step up to the 965 for $20 more??)
both 785Gs and ~$100
: G.Skill DDR3 1600
: I was thinking it would be nice to have one. I'm not sure if it'll fit, but I love the Xiggy
, and I could buy 2 and keep one on hand (and save $20 essentially) or I could grab this
. So either way we're looking at ~$30-35. I've got paste here.
HDD: WD 1TB
DVD: Sony Optiarc 24X
(big fan of them!) - $27
Case: I'm thinking this for now.
- $45 after rebate
PSU: Corsair 650W
~$90 after rebate
Keyboard/mouse: Microsoft bundle
~$30 (unless someone can find something better for the same price)
(I have no clue. I haven't monitor shopped for a while. Here's what I'm looking at, all are 21.5"/22"):
Final build price: ~$842-$870 with shipping and after rebates.
Now, here's a bigger question; if my friend is just using this for an office machine (NO gaming) and internet box, if he wants it to last 4 years (at least) running at a good speed, would it be worth it to step up to an i5 or i7? I don't think it would be, but you can certainly voice your opinion.