A friend is interested in getting a decent gaming rig, and I told him I could put one together for him cheaper than buying from a retailer. I already have some of the parts in mind but would like some advice on the rest. This isn't going to happen for a couple months, but I wanted to start the research now.
Approximate purchase date About 2 months from now.
Budget range up to $1200
System usage Gaming, watching movies
Parts not required Monitor, mouse, OS
Preferred web sites Microcenter (in store pickup, Cambridge, MA), newegg, Amazon
Country of origin US of A
Parts preference none
Crossfire Not to start, but down the road definitely
Monitor resolution 1920x1080
Additional comments Things he wants: blu-ray drive (blu-ray burner if it can fit in the budget) and a wireless keyboard. We want something with some upgrade potential (2nd vid card, SSD)
You better overclock. Just get a $30 Hyper 212 or something.
OS on the SSD for sure. Also probably one or two of your/his favorite games.
Keyboard: It all depends. The latest Tom's article had a lot to say. http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/mechanical-switch-keyboar...
Personally, I use an Apple Keyboard for its low-profile keys and because I'm used to it, but if you've never tried a mechanical keyboard you should get on it ASAP. They're pretty great for gaming.
Also, you know you don't need both the bluray and normal drives, right?