When is a good time to build a new computer from a deals standpoint?
Building a computer is great, and it'll be a great time to build in the next few months. Why? Intel is preparing to release Sandy Bridge after the recent recalls. AMD is preparing to release bulldozer, and I think the Llano CPU/GPU will be sometime soon too. This means 2 things will happen: 1: Unlike before, AMD and Intel will likley be in fierce competition in the coming months. Unlike the old and expensive intel i7s, which had no competition, Sandy bridge and Bulldozer will hopefully be competing in the same market and price range. This means prices will come down to reasonable levels. 2: As prices for new chips sink, the prices for old CPUs Like the i5-760 and Phenom II x4 or x6 are going to plummet fast as they suddenly become outdated. That mean you can buy a previous generation, but still really good CPU for a rock bottom price when the new processors come out. Also, bulldozer and ivy bridge motherboards will be compatible with future processors. Build now, and you won't have many good upgrade paths. So if I were you, I would just sit back and wait for the mad Sandy Bridge and Bulldozer rush and watch prices of old Phenoms fall.
The way I see it, the longer you wait for a newer item to get older and hopefully cheaper, the sooner you'll be upgrading in the long run because it'll become outdated. Shop around, there are deals every day on so much stuff. It might be more expensive to buy the newest cool gadgets but it will last you longer and perhaps save you money in the long run.