Originally Posted by TheFieldMarshal
I focus on budget builds myself. I've built 14 PC's this year ranging from spare parts+300 bucks-1500 dollar end up setups. I honestly prefer trying to max performance for a min cost. Myself I own a 1000 dollar setup and it works great, but my focus is on budget PC's. If you can save up i'd recommend that over a budget PC.
This is where you and I think alike, "What can this little machine do?!" *Squeeze*
Though I won't lie, my current system is more or less a monster. I have considered selling it and doing an ITX build, maybe with the BitFenix Prodigy case. Anyways...
What I actually came in here to say is that anyone planning on a system build could possibly lower the cost of even what you have with enough advanced planning. People have this idea that they must buy all their parts at one time, and this just isn't true!
Places like Tiger.com, Newegg.com, Amazon.com, and just about every other .com that sells parts loves to have sales. If you play your cards right you can easily score serious savings on parts. The key to doing this is timing, and spreading your purchases out over the course of maybe a couple of months. The retailers of parts aren't, obviously, going to throw everything you need on sale at one time. They are going to cycle through the sales on components.
The idea behind this is if you put a power supply and case on sale, then anyone that buys it will just impulse buy the rest of the system or a few more components. Once that sale is done they move it to other components, so and and so forth. Now if you play the game correctly, and purchase in phases over a period of time, you can shave even more money off the build cost. Purchase the PSU when it is on sale, snag the motherboard when it is on sale, case comes around, snag it, do this until you have all your parts.