System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (SC2, Diablo 3), School
Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, tigerdirect.com
Country: CA, USA
Parts Preferences: Nvidia video card and Intel CPU
SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: This build is for my nephew. He doesn't know much about computer therefore I am helping him. I build computer myself but am not an expert. I know that Ivy Bridge is coming out but is it necessary to wait for it as it won't be release until April 2012. He needs this computer by the end of this month. This is what I came up with after doing some research and looking at other build from this website and other website. Hopefully this build is good and compatible with one another. I am hoping to get the best for the money. Any help is appreciated.
I've got 3 copies of Windows 7 Home Prem. and the Microsoft police haven't arrested me yet. I homebuilt all o my computers and the software works fine after many months of being activated.
As for the student discount on Win 7, that's worth looking into.
I guess you could get away with that, as long as you agree to do all his tech support for any question he has.
Benchmark testing with real world applications has shown a negligible difference between 2133 and 1333 RAM and that is a much bigger difference than between 1600 and 1333. The 2133 was faster by less than 1% on some things like zip archiving and exactly the same on things like gaming.
The 1333 is also more likely to work right away with no configuration required.