First off, I bought this computer through ibuypower.com. I put my order in on July 11th, and it arrived at my door on July 23rd. They gave status updates on every step in the process for the build and shipping, and it was a very smooth process.
Case: NZXT Gamma Gaming Case - Black
Observations: The case is the absolute basic one from ibuypower, but is a fantastic product. It is large enough to fit some of the bulkier graphics cards, has TONS of ventilation, and room for 5 80-120mm case fans. My build came with only 1, but the case is unbelievably easy to work with and I will probably get a couple more in the next week or so. I will also say that although the case is very open, it still runs completely silent unless I am running something hefty (benchmark is the only thing so far).
Processor: Intel Core i5 750
Observations: I went with this processor because it was about 150 dollars cheaper than the i7 that I was looking at, and yet it still has multi-threading and from what I've read is by far the most economical processor while still being powerful enough to not fall behind.
Memory: 4gb (2x2) DDR3 1600mhz RAM
Observations: I originally was going to go for 8, but I will probably just upgrade at a later time. Although I heard there is not a vast difference between the 1333 and 1600mhz RAM, it was only an additional 18 dollars which seems well worth it to me.
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 5870 2GB
Observations: This was the big upgrade. I wanted this because in every benchmark I've seen, the bottleneck has almost ALWAYS been the graphics card.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3
Observations: P55 chipset, usb3 compatible, cheapest price I could find with both those components. I've read some reviews that have all said this MB is extremely efficient for the money.
Power Supply: 750 Watt -- Thermaltake TR2 TRX-750M Power Supply - SLI Ready
Observations: I could have gone with a 750W Corsair for about 15 bucks more, but upon reading some reviews and talking with tech support for ibuypower, I realized that the Thermaltake is actually a more compatible power supply and has had less negative feedback.
-That's all I'll list for components but if you want to know anything else, let me know.
Conclusion: So far in the benchmarks I've run for ffxiv, I'm sitting at 4640 on HQ and 5400 on NQ. I'm extremely happy with these numbers.
My build cost 1250 bucks. I got free shipping, and no tax, and it was delivered 12 days after my order in perfect condition with all drivers installed and everything good to go. So far, this computer has exceeded my expectations and I am completely satisfied with everything about it.
I should also mention that I got a new monitor to go with it: Asus 23" LED, 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 1080p HD. Fantastic monitor and you can find it for 200 bucks with free shipping and no tax on newegg.com and tigerdirect.com
If you are looking for a new system that is VERY reasonably priced, I'd highly consider going this route. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know.
Edited, Jul 27th 2010 10:40am by BartelX