Originally Posted by bd2003
Yeah the case is hideous, I think you can swap it though. A good 22-27inch monitor maybe 300ish.
16gb is overkill....but only like $50 worth, so not a big deal.
Don't forget you can hook your video card up to a nice HDTV - LCD or plasma - with HDMI and save the cost of a monitor. Throw in an Xbox 360 controller and you have a heck of a next gen game console.
Trust me, I went from PC gaming back in the day to exclusively console gaming because I like the simplicty and playing in a relaxed position with a gamepad, not at a desk. But this latest PC I built over Christmas I've been totally immersed in "console" gaming on it with a gamepad, and haven't touched my 360 or PS3 in 2013!
I agree with bd - 16 gigs is a bit overkill, but it's pretty cheap -- and with a modern OS like Windows 8, it serves a purpose, so it's worthwhile overkill. Some might say I've been drinking DLJ's cool-aid.
An SSD drive for your OS might be a bit overkill too, but I feel it's essential
. So that's another good place to consider to splurge, and with your budget you can afford it.
Those ibuypower rigs look like they are well equipped, so they are good places to keep an eye on. Good luck with your decision, and stop back to say hi when/if you feel close to pulling the trigger.