I allready purchased him g15 keyboard/ habu mouse and have a copy of windows vista. I built my sons last computer 3 years ago on here getting help from you guys/girls and would appreicate the help again. My son is a gamer and plays FPS/RPG and all sorts of games. I'm looking to build this sytem before his birthday on Jan. 18th.
Do you have a monitor already? If not, get an Acer 24".
You could try something like this (prices from Newegg, approximate, after rebate, before shipping and taxes):
HD 4870 X2 $400
PC Power & Cooling 750W $80
CoolerMaster HAF 932 $160
Total $1050 I think. Possible upgrade Q9550, for an extra $140, but it won't do much in games. Possible upgrade i7 920/x58 mobo/DDR3 RAM, for an extra $400 or so, but again for minimal benefit in games. Maybe a sound card and speakers. If you're into overclocking add a HDT-S1283 cooler (for E8500 or Q9550, but not for i7 920).
My son ended up matching my price so I was able to build him something a bit more expensive just stuck on a few pieces.
Currently have these :
All thi stuff is from dell pretty much copied an XPS build since I get big discount there.
Operating System - Vista 64- Bit Home Premium
Processor - Intel Core i7 - 965 Extreme - Level 2 (factory O/Cd to 3.7GHz)
Memory - 6GB Tri - Channel DD3 at 1066MHz (3x2GB DIMM)
Video Card - nVidia Geforce GTX280 1024mb x2
Hard Drive - 600GB Velociraptor Data ( 2 x 300 GB SAtA - II 10000 RPM Hdds)
Optical Drive -LG DvD burner
Sound Card - Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
Mouse/keyboard - Habu mouse / g15 keyboard
What I need :
A compatible motherboard
Aftermarket cooling if necessary
Ya its SATA. Yes they will be RAID 0 as well. It is very expensive what I've been finding out but having him pay for something rather then be just buying it might teach him some responsibility. Oh I had one more question if you dont mind. Any 20-24 inch monitors you reccomend. I'm not looking to spend too much more since this has allready doubled my original budget but something nice since his is currently only 15inch >_<.