TLDR: The biggest corner you could cut is on time. Wait for the holiday sales. They're so darn close.
Have a microcenter nearby?
Have older parts you could use for a while?
If not. You could build a complete AMD rig...
Prices are for today. Hang in there for even sweeter deals.
@ NCIX couldn't get a link but its there.955BE+990xa UD3
The CPU+MB was @ $200 twice since they opened shop in California a couple months ago.
Hyper 212+ 26HD 6850
150Rosewill Hive 650w
Sale @ 64
Could drop this to the 550w model.2x2GB low profile ram
You probably don't need more than 4gb for gaming.
unless you plan to fraps/edit gameplay footage etc.
2x4GB Ram is around $35 on saleCurcial m4 64GB
SSD prices haven't been impacted by flooding so far. Get one of these instead for now. Shellshocker was $85
Pass on HDD and OD
To give you an idea.
This is $702 with $30 in rebates. (592 without SSD)
If you sniped deals over the last three months, could easily get a 1TB HDD, an OD, 8GB ram. on top of this for around the same price.
Edit: @OP. Your sig rig. This thread. What?
If you're going to upgrade wait for Ivy-bridge at least.Edited by SpiritGear - 10/31/11 at 11:21pm