My friend wants me to built him a computer for pure gaming, playing at resolutions from 1600 to 2048x1536. He preferrs a crt over lcd for gaming, since he says "lcd still needs years to improve to beat a crt" There will be no overclocking, since hes afraight the cpu and video card will not last long. Hes budget is $1,560 and this is what i got for him. Any changes should be made?
Asus P5N-E SLI Motherboard $136.38
OCZ Technology Reaper HPC Edition 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 $89.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Dual Core Processor$276.99
OCZ Technology OCZ OCZ600GXSSLI GamerXStream 600W Power Supply $103.17
RaidMax X1 Black Mid Tower $83.64
Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB Hard Drive $80.54
eVGA GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card $534.24
NEC Diamondtron FP2141-BK CRT 22' $250.00
$1554.95 w/tax and shipping
Well, for more future-resistance for little more money, I'd suggest a Q6600 for <$300 now.
Don't forget a DVD drive. The retail packages, about $5-$7 more than OEM, include all the software, including a decoder. I have successfully used Samsung, BenQ, and Sony drives. None has given me any grief.
Does he need a keyboard, rodent, and speakers? Surge supressor or UPS? Headphones and / or mic? Software?
I'd get a motherboard based on P35, for example GA-P35-DS3L or GA-P35-DS3R. Probably the DS3R, since your friend cares about durability, but with a single hard disk and no overclocking the DS3L is just as good and costs $30 less.
Another vote for the Q6600, it's more future-proof.