Gaming pc specs

so my kid wants a gaming pc.... he's 15, eats, sleeps and breathes gaming. he's into games like borderlands, cod, and many many others. The problem I have is this: should I allow the custom build he wants to do or just buy one? I know if he builds it, I'll end up with the project which is cool with me however what specs should it have? thanks!!
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  1. CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core £169.37
    CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing £26.65
    Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 £104.12
    Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 £30.96
    Storage Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM £54.99
    OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" SSD £84.96
    Video Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB £248.70
    Case Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower £47.98
    Power Supply Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V £81.59
    Optical Drive LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer £13.98

    860 pounds...i think its pretty good for a start....
  2. Definitely build it with him! Computer skills are a big deal -- this is the modern equivalent of rebuilding an old corvette in the back yard :-) This is an awesome father-son project. Way cooler than the model rockets I made with my dad.

    The above build is decent, BUT - I would recommend that the shopping portion of a PC build is important, and also fun. He can learn some valuable business savvy when researching and picking out the best parts.

    You should set a price limit for the build, and then have him research to pick the parts with your advice/input. If you don't want to do that you can at the very least, let him pick out an obnoxious case with lots of LED lights and etc :-) mouse and keyboard can be fun to pick out too -- as long as you have a clear budget in place.
  3. +1 to both posts above me.
    Though I would still like to know your budget.
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