800 would be acceptable. 900 would be "ok." i would be a little exasperated @ $1000 but id still be ok with it.
K then, here we go:
Grand Total (including shipping and BEFORE Mail in Rebates): $971.00
You'll get $52 back in rebates, bringing the final price down to the "ok" range.
Do keep in mind that while a cheaper rig is possible, the performance you're wanting isn't easy to get. A $1,000 rig should be able to push BF3 at a nice mix of Ultra, very high and high. This rig will destroy Skyrim and Deux Ex and will run SC2 buttery smooth as well.
Metro2033 and Crysis will cripple it at extreme settings, but you'll still be able to play them at mostly high settings assuming you use 2-4x AA at a 1920x1080 or lower resolution.
If you want to perk up the performance, especially for heavy loading games like Skyrim, and don't mind being squeezed for HDD space (or have an external for storage), toss an SSD in there. An OCZ Vertex 3 will do nicely for that role, they are about $90 more than the Hitachi drive I have on the build, but are only 120GB. It's a tradeoff between speed/responsiveness of the system and storage space. Personally, with current HDD prices, I'd go with the SSD, but to keep it in budget, I went with the 1TB Hitachi.
If you want to cut the price a bit more, you could go with a 500GB HDD, that might save you $20 or so. You could go with a cheaper case, but be aware, cable management is important and looks nice to boot. Most cases under the $80 range have horrible cable management features. You could save a bit more money going with a lower CPU too, but it will adversely affect performance, and without the ability to overclock, you'll lose some longevity out of the CPU (ie, you won't be able to boost the speed up as it gets older to compensate for its age)
Edited by Lord Sojar, 27 December 2011 - 11:52 PM.