Looking to Build a Gaming PC for $1,300

Guys, hey, a friend's scraping together $1,300 for January and wants to assemble a gaming PC to replace his custom rig from 2006.

I've been out of the loop for a little bit, but have a Micro Center near me with a good selection as well as full Internet access to the usual providers (Newegg, Best Buy, etc.)

Basically just want to build something that screams, has a nice monitor and runs a killer game of "Star Wars: The Old Republic". What would you recommend and what do you think I could build him with $1,300?

Please let me know and thanks. :-)

Chris
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  1. You should fill this out (primary needs, what parts don't need replacing, etc) and then we can better assist you: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    But for now this is what you should look for (doesn't include OS, mouse, or keyboard):

    Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99
    PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 - $109.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $149.99
    CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
    RAM: 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC12800 1600MHz 1.5V - $43.99
    SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $109.99
    HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $149.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $19.99
    Video card: EVGA Geforce GTX 560 - $249.99
    Monitor: Acer S231H 23" Full HD 1080p - $159.99

    Total: $1344.99
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