Originally Posted by magic chiongson
get an i5 3570k, gtx 670, 8gb ram & hard drive & your good to go for around $1k. easily half the price of boutique-built PCs
Not really. The op problem is he's paying full price and not waiting for the X51 go on sale. Give me a month and I can find that identical spec from the Dell outlet for under $600. Upgrade the the graphics on my own and I'm good to go. You no longer save money with custom build like 10 years ago.
I custom my first two rig in 2002 and 2006, since then the price has actually shifted toward prebuild. Got my my Dell 435MT i-7 for $500 in 2009 and the i-7 xps 8500 in 2012 for the same price, upgraded the GPU afterwards.
There's definitely still a market for custom build for people trying to get every possible inch of performance, sli/oc but saving money and budget builds? Those days are long over. Factor in the time it takes to put together and diagnosing when something goes wrong, it's pretty much a no brainer.