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Reading everybody's posts, I dunno...
For me there are three things that HAVE to kick arse if I was building a new rig with limited funds: CPU, GPU, and PSU. Everything else is subject to that. Another consideration for me as I look at parts is the motherboard. What are my plans for the future? My plans for the future might be to sli/crossfire ONE more card. For my needs there are ASrock boards out there below $200 that would do me nicely.
CPU: I don't need the BEST chip, I need a chip that is for gaming. That being said, the 2500K is perfect, and you can OC these things like a violated ape.
PSU: Again, thinking towards the future, this has to have enough "headroom" to accomodate additions I might make later, so I'd need at least a 750w QUALITY power supply.
GPU: Here's where I wouldn't pull any punches. A 560Ti? Really?? Go GTX 580. And if I've made good purchasing decisions on the other peripheral stuff, I'd be able to get the 3gb version. Later when I SLI that to another one, I would be future proofed for some time. Years.
SSD: This is what I would call a "luxury" (i.e., EXPENSIVE), not necessary. Something to add later. I'd dump the idea of an SSD now so that I would have funds to afford the above.
RAM: From reading how RAM functions in SB rigs, you can get by with "cheap" RAM. In a gaming rig $60 RAM is going to function just at well as $130 RAM. 8gb is enough for any gaming situation now. But, upgradable.

Another 2 cents from me.
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i dissagree about the ssd.. there cheap enough now that you can get away with putting one in any build around 1500 without a problem.. the gpu i would agree 560ti isnt the best but two in sli can pwn face without an issue the case and cpu in the build i posted could be changed for cheaper and you can take the hdd out if hes got one already maning you can pick up a second 560ti or as you stated a 580
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Working on a build now, will edit this once I finish.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
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A grand total of ~$1580 for a future proof motherboard ready for ivy bridge later, the top gpu on the market, a solid psu, ect. If he can't swing the extra $80 or so, look to drop to a lower price case or maybe go with a lower end motherboard.
Replace the case with anything in the $50-$100 range he likes. The K62 was my case prior to my 800d, and it has plenty of room for anything you need (minus watercooling) and has a ton of included fans.
No hdd right now since prices are ridiculous, the ssd should be enough for now, and if he has any old hdd's you can just drop one of those in for now to tide him over until prices drop.

Nice. I like this build right here. One thing maybe to consider is to give up some hard drive SPEED for hard drive SPACE and get a regular spin HDD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
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Nice. I like this build right here. One thing maybe to consider is to give up some hard drive SPEED for hard drive SPACE and get a regular spin HDD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Thats giving up wayyyyy too much speed though, I wouldn't be able to stomach running day to day off a wd blue hdd. It would hold back the rest of the system.

A 1tb f3 or a wd black (two drives that are reasonably fast) might be worth it, but with current cost, a 64gb ssd is a much better investment.
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Thats giving up wayyyyy too much speed though, I wouldn't be able to stomach running day to day off a wd blue hdd. It would hold back the rest of the system.
A 1tb f3 or a wd black (two drives that are reasonably fast) might be worth it, but with current cost, a 64gb ssd is a much better investment.

I don't disagree, but I find it "funny;" 3 years ago when SSD's were used by hardly anyone, the type of drives as the one I suggest were "it." No one complained (much) about their speeds then. Now we can't stomach their speeds? O, human nature! (I'm speaking of myself, too; now that I've gotten used to my boots and program loads on Mr. Blue, I get irritated waiting for Frankenstein's Monster and the White Whale to get up and running, but before I had a SSD in Mr. Blue it didn't really bother me)
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I don't disagree, but I find it "funny;" 3 years ago when SSD's were used by hardly anyone, the type of drives as the one I suggest were "it." No one complained (much) about their speeds then. Now we can't stomach their speeds? O, human nature! (I'm speaking of myself, too; now that I've gotten used to my boots and program loads on Mr. Blue, I get irritated waiting for Frankenstein's Monster and the White Whale to get up and running, but before I had a SSD in Mr. Blue it didn't really bother me)
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+1.

I think it's to the point (for me at least) where aside from storage I couldn't go back to a regular hdd for everyday use. I swap games over using steam mover, and the only non steam games I have installed to the ssd.

It's all what you are used to. My dad ran off a 800MHz cpu with 128MB of ram and 10GB HDD for ~14 years until I built him a rig for XMas. He used that old computer for ~2 hours a night and never complained and always asked me why I needed so much power for my computer as his was "fine". After around a month of using it he had to go back to his old system to check on a file he had on the drive and couldn't believe how slow it was to just load into windows and open up a simple text file. He told me that night that he couldn't thank me enough for getting him off of that computer that was "fine" lol.
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My sig with MSI GTX 580 stands at $1500.
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What resolution is your friend gaming at?
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What resolution is your friend gaming at?

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o man you can get away with one card for sure wink.gif grab a 6970 or 580 and he will be set for a long time
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