Before reading: Thanks to the comments of people here, I made a lot of changes to the list I first mentionned here. Scroll down to my post with my revised list and save some time
Hi folks, my brother uses his computer he uses it for the basic stuff, programming, maybe Photoshop and Flash, and he ALWAYS plays games like MMOs and some light shooters on low settings. I would like this computer to allow him to play any games existing today, and to allow him to raise his settings to High without dipping below 40 FPS on a 24" HD screen, on games like The Old Republic and Planetside 2. No Crysis 3 stuff.
He told me not to go over 2000$ before taxes and shipping, and so far I'm way below that. I want this computer to last him at least 4-5 years, considering what he uses it for, and how he's not a big fan of trying new graphically intensive games (planet side 2 is a small exception). Out of experience, I have a 5 year old Core 2 Duo laptop and its only limitation is the lack of upgradeability of the graphics card, otherwise it's still blazing fast, even with a 7200 RPM HD and 4GB of Ram. Graphics card even runs MOP on Medium and Tribes Ascend on low, no problem.
CPU: (Going for socket 2011 cause I wanted to have Quad channel memory)
Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
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ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Kingston HyperX Predator Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model KHX18C9T2K4/16X
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EVGA 02G-P4-2663-KR GeForce GTX 660 FTW Signature 2 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
I got him a WD 10k RPM 300GB hard drive and I'll get him an SSD in the future if they continue to prove reliability over long term, don't trust SSDs yet.
As for the case and PSU that won't be a problem to decide.
Thanks for any input!