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Note: Your choice of GPU for $300 or less. the Radeon listed may not be right for you.
Other than that everything else listed are solid deals built from Newegg's Black Friday Deals.
Other parts to pick and choose: Motherboard, SSD, HDD (hmm thats about it
Note: OCN members keep posting about problems with the Asus V Pro.
You could do a search for the MB you want and see if newegg offers combo deals with the i5 2500k.
This is what i think to be the best value for 1000, other people will disagree.
Also important is knowing what you'll use the computer for to better match price/performance to your needs.
Regarding SSD vs HDD.
My personal logic is this: SSD's are expensive and will remain expensive. HDD's will drop (eventually).
Get SSD's now when they are on sale and pick up a lower quality HDD for now (or wait till prices return to normal)
In the build, I used a Samsung 830 based on cost, reliability, and looks.
Plus the fact that it performs close to the Crucial M4 (fan favorite).
The lowest m4's went for was $85.
The 830 is $95 comes with a free copy of Batman.
If you need higher storage capacity. Still go for a SSD but around 120gb for $120.
At this point. most SSDs will outperform the fastest of HDDs (in terms of throughput).Edited by SpiritGear - 11/24/11 at 7:46pm