Originally Posted by Sarcastic
You're at 1500 and you haven't even touched cooling, wiring, nor software.
You're best bet these days is to just get from one of the custom sites, and hope they have good deals.
That's not your best bet these days; nor has it ever been. Your best bet is to build it yourself and/or have a friend do it for you. You will always get more performance per dollar spent. Case closed.
Cooling can be less than 50, wiring is a non issue with 100 or so on a modular power supply, and software is typically free. Win 7 can be had for cheap if you want to buy it.