I typically buy parts one by one as they go on sale. I don't pick a certain part and wait for it to go on sale; if I see something that falls within my guidelines for a build then I'll take it.
Of course this isn't good if you want to assemble a rig quickly.. for my sig rig:
- First purchased the i5-2500K and GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 combo from Microcenter for $230 (this was in October of last year)
- Since it was an mATX motherboard, I figured I would go with a mATX case
- Newegg put the NZXT Vulcan on sale about a week later; had plenty of room for airflow so I bought it
- Used my old power supply, SSD, GPU, keyboard, mouse, and optical drive and hooked it all up and got it running
- 600W OCZ modular PSU went on sale for $25 after MIR on Newegg a week later, bought it, sold my original PSU
- OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB went on sale for $140 (was considered a good deal at the time!), bought it and sold my original SSD
- Learned about PSU extension cables, purchased a set from Lutro0 here on OCN to tidy up my case
- 560ti 448 core went on sale for $220 so I bought that, sold my previous GPU (GTX 470)
- About a month ago the Enermax ETD-T60-TB went on sale and I purchased that to replace my loud stock cooler
- Few weeks ago, purchased a 200mm fan grill with the Galactic Empire logo from Star Wars from Dwood here on OCN
If you're working on a budget and willing to swap parts readily, you can save a good deal of money. My sig rig build was, and still is an ongoing project!
I wouldn't store the items in an attic, I'd store them in your bedroom if you have the space Edited by mingqi53 - 5/1/12 at 8:19pm