Analysis of a $1500.00 build and questions on when to construct


Dec 18, 2008
I'm building a system for college, which at the latest must be constructed by the end of July or early August. My original thoughts were to build the system as late as possible in hopes of prices to drop; however, there are some really killer deals and MIBs on a few necessary components (PSU, RAM, GPU) that it seems it would be worth it to build it within the next month. With the following build in mind, what advice do you have in terms of when to build? On a lesser note, any suggestions for improvement?

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Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower - $96.00
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 - $279.99
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W - $119.00
GPU: 2x EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 - $369.98
Mobo: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 - $279.99
RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) - $84.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM - $99.99
Optical: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - $26.99
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - $79.99

Total Price: $1436.92