Ahhh shucks guys, relax about what is better.
If OP can't build a computer, then what he got is an okay deal (IMO).
As for costs, here is the deal:
I coincidentally have my very own build log on this forum (here
). If you look at that and see what I have there and what I am planning to get (I7 920, 5850, 6GB 2000MHZ RAM), you might think it will cost above 2G. I have not put the prices up, because nobody really asked, but I keep track of every dollar that I spent on this RiG of mine. Also, note that my RiG is from scratch (need monitor, case, mouse, keyboard, headset, etc...), so I am going to be paying a bit more than if I were just buying the computer itself. Anyway, to get to my point, I have calculated that my total cost will be ~1650$ CAD. Although, I did wait for some deals and try and shave money everywhere I could, I'm sure you could of scored the same or even better deal (especially since you live in the U.S. and can get a I7 920 D0 for 200$ and have beter deals in general)
All that to say, if you were capable of assembling a computer, than you could of gotten a better PC for the same price. However, in your case, this still was a good deal.
To the other things. I prefer 1366 over 1156 and don't get the T260HD if you are looking for a gaming comp (I know the T240HD has horrible input lag ---> T260HD is, I think, extremely similar). If you want a good 1920 x 1200 monitor for gaming, get the 2443BW. Also, go scour the monitor section of OCN, I just finished getting mine and there are a bunch of good threads there about monitors.
EDIT: Found a thread for you guys to fight over 1156 vs 1366
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...0-bashing.htmlEdited by Seakros - 12/3/09 at 8:31pm