Originally Posted by freaksavior
if you live near a microcenter you can get the i7 for $229
Nope, no microcenter... we're currently stationed in Germany. He's set on the $1000 budget, and I wouldn't want to throw an i7 at him if he isn't going to need it. He is putting money away for the rig now though, so we will see about the i7 when he has all the money together, maybe it will be lower in price.