I haven't built a new computer in over two years. But prior to that I always bought the top of the line and it always cost me around $2500. I just want something that could handle any game out in the next two years. I feel like I deserve the best so I want the best. I just don't want to to over $2500. But I would have thought if I went to Dell or Gateway I could have the best out for what I want to spend but I see I am gonna have to build this one aswell.
Okay, I see where you're getting the idea that a "top of the line" PC could cost that much.
Check out the prices on Newegg. I suggest buying half way, or a third the way down from the very top. Why? becuause once you go that extra third the way up, the prices double or tripple. It makes no sense. IE, you can get a card that get's 10% more FPS for about twice the price. See any logic in that? I don't. With the money you save buying 1/3 or so down from the top, you can afford to upgrade again in 2 years, or even next year if you prefer. By the time you uprgade in two years you will be getting a card that does 25-50% more FPS for about the same price as you bought your first card.
That's the way electronics are. Top of the line can be VERY expensive. Take a look at some of the AMD 64bit CPUs. The very top, not available just yet, is the Athlon 64 Fx-53. It's initial price at Newegg is going to be $829. Now, true, you may get up to 50% better scores with it than with an AMD Barton 2500+, but the 2500+ can be oc'ed to 3200+, and only costs $73, or about 9% the cost of the Fx-53. You get my point? 25-50% better performance for 1,135% the cost. That's where you have to decide how much bang for the buck you're really getting.
I would check out Newegg, I'm sure you can buid a system that's a lot better than mine for under $1000. And even that is more than I would spend, but then again, I'm on a tight budget.