Take a step down (and still stick with top-name brands) ... and here's what I came up with after a quick browse on newegg:
CPU: C2D E6300: $185
Mobo: Intel 965PLTCK: $109
RAM: 2GB (2x 1GB) Kingston DDR2 667: $210
HDD: 250GB Western Digital (16MB Cache): $75
VGA: XFX (NVidia) 7900GS: $190
PSU: SilverStone 500W SLI Certified: $88
Modern, mid-range parts (not including the case): $887
You can recycle your current HDD & Burner and scale back on RAM and save $200. Take a gamble with a low-end PSU and save another $50, but the parts listed are the absolute lowest I would recommend for a gamer looking to buy a modern system with power to grow.
Edited by SamuraiGaijin, 05 December 2006 - 08:23 PM.