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April 15, 2012 7:38:35 AM

I am building another gaming rig for one of my friends, and he is replacing his laptop that died, so he will need periferals and all. He wants a SSD as well as a hard drive, and he wants to overclock. He is willing to spend around $1500 dollars to achieve this goal.

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April 15, 2012 4:43:14 PM

I just built a rig for about that much, here's a list similar to mine.

CPU - i5 2500k
Case - Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
Motherboard - Asus P8Z68-V Pro 1155 ATX
CPU Fan - Cooler Master Hyper 212+
PSU - Corsair HX850 (Could do 750w if single card)
RAM - G.Skill RipjawsX 8GB DDR3-1600
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
SSD - Crucial M4 128GB
Optical Drive - LITE-ON iHAS124 CD/DVD Burner
Keyboard - Microsoft Sidewinder X4
Mouse - Logitech G700 Wireless gaming mouse
Monitor(if needed) - Acer A221HQV or similar
a b B Homebuilt system
April 15, 2012 5:13:05 PM
a c 418 4 Gaming
a c 100 B Homebuilt system
a b D Laptop
April 16, 2012 6:36:47 PM

Try this setup:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $109.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 - $104.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H - $189.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz - $42.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $1,277.91

With the price cut on the 7950, the difference will give you enough room for a nice monitor, OS license and a keyboard and mouse which I don't include on builds due to the fact that it's entirely personal preference and I would rather see that money go to the GPU rather than a $100 keyboard and $70 mouse - you can always get those later.