i7 2600k processor
z 68 motherboard
2 x4 gig of 1600Mhz 1.5 volt RAM
blu ray drive
120 gig SSD
a pair of 1 terabyte hard drives
nice quiet case and psu Suggestion : antec sonata lV
a basic graphics card
Processor : Intel Core i7 2600K - $315
HSF : CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - $120
Motherboard : ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 - $125
RAM : 2 x (CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866) - $170
Graphics : HIS IceQ X H695QN1G2M Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $250
Hard Disk : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60
SSD : Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $180
Optical Drive : LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA - $100
PSU : CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $190
Case : Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $280
Monitor : ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $200
Total : $1990 before rebates
The perfect all rounder. Everyone will just keep staring at your PC.
You can even handle games like Crysis 2 at max settings at 1920x1080
Liquid Cooling System to help you overclock the i7 over 5Ghz.
Good Luck with the build.
I like your build suggestion. I'm not playing games anymore (infant, work, etc.) So I guess I could save on CPU and get air cooling instead. Should I get something better with savings or just keep the money?
It's up to me as she simply hates the idea of desktop taking too much space. I'd say up to $1,500 for 15" if its a desktop replacement.
How about IdeaPad Y570 Laptop - 086228U
or Dell xps-l502x. The latter has HD display.
No matter what you buy, get extended warranty and accidental protection plan. They come for less than $200 for 3 years. It's worth it. Let me know if you still need options. They have good deals going on now. You can also wait till Black Friday for better deals.