You should be able to put a swell computer together for ~$800. I just wanted premium parts
I was self taught how to put a computer together. Trial and error. There are a few good guides on the net, but I cant think of any atm.
Putting it together yourself gives you so many more options than just buying a system from Dell. And yes, you can save money, too. There's always sales going on. I always go to NewEgg.com They have the best prices around. I also like TigerDirect.com, because their primary warehouse is so near to me, I get packages next day.