yeah, but that's what i'm comparing it to, actually, a gateway!
i'm on a gateway right now. bought it in 2002 for, like, 1200 or something like that brand new:
40 gig WD hdd
flat screen lcd monitor
Intel Pent 4 1.9ghz
and peripherals-monitor, mouse, etc
now, comparably, an intel equivalent of today , costs a couple of hundred(bare in mind 1.9ghz was excellent in 2002)...and that's just the cpu!
another 85 for my mobo, 65 for a 40 gig hard drive-keep in mind that that is tiny today! i got a 40 gig w/ the gateway 2 years ago!
what i'm sayin is....that i'm building a decent system and it just seems like its comparable to this gateway that was made in 2002 but my new comp in 2004 seems like its costing me just as much....i haven't even gotten a graphics card, cd/rw drive, etc.
i haven't even gotten a monitor and who knows if it'll be an lcd. i'm going amd this time around ( which is fine, i know) mostly becuz going intel would throw me overboard on my pockets.
i dunno....i hear what u guys are sayin and i'm definitely having fun building but it just makes me wonder....price wise i don't know bout that