First of all, special thanks to Apropo (http://facebook.com/IamApropos) for picking the parts and finding some amazing deals for this system. All I did was buy everything and put it together.
Primary Uses of this system are as follows: 1. web/graphics/database programming, 2. web surfing, word processing, office productivity stuff, etc. 3. gaming (MS Flight, Assassins Creed 3, BF), 4. Video Processing / Editing / Media Creation
The problem is, while I will only rarely be using this system for media/video creation, when I do need to use it for that purpose it needs to be able to process the software at full steam. The primary software I'll be using for the video/media is Adobe CS and Sony Vegas. I haven't installed Adobe yet, but this system is running the Sony software with no problem. I've also played about an hour's worth of AC3 at full tilt on the graphics and it's running smooth. All that and I haven't overclocked it yet.
Here's what I got, where, and what I paid: CPU: NewEgg - $319.99 Cooler: Newegg.com - 29.99 (-10 rebate) = $19.99 MB: Newegg.com - $144.99 RAM:Amazon.com - $59.99 SSD: Amazon.com - $98.04 HDD: Amazon.com - $107.99 GPU: Newegg.com - 369.99 (-20 rebate) = $349.99 Case: Newegg.com - 89.99 (-20 rebate) = $69.99 PSU: Newegg.com - 129.99 (-25 rebate) = $104.99 BRD: Newegg.com - 59.99 (- $20 rebate) = $39.99 Monitors: Newegg.com - 349.98 (174.99 - 20 rebate x 2) = $309.98 OS: Newegg.com - $139.99 Combo Savings: (MB + OS -20) (CPU + GPU -17) = $-37 Shipping: $6.78 (one of the newegg components)
My Total: $1735.70
Free Adds: Assassins Creed 3, Borderlands 2 ($99.98 value)
Hope you all like it, I do.
FYI - Only problem was one of the monitors was bad, and was immediately returned for replacement to Newegg.