|CPU||Intel Core i5 2500K||$230|
|Motherboard||Asus P8P67 Pro ||$190|
|Memory||Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3 1333MHz ||$95 |
|Video Card||Nvidia GeForce GTX 570||$360|
|Storage||Western Digital 2TB Black||$170|
|Optical Drive||Samsung SH-223||$20|
|Case||Fractal Design R3||$110|
|Power Supply||Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850 Watt||$165|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)||$100|
| Total|| || $1440|
(Update: Asus contacted us to clarify their P8P67 Pro pricing. Turns out that Rev 3 model is only $190 MSRP, not the $250 we originally listed. We regret the error.)
The system leaves plenty of room for upgrading, since we included an ample power supply and used the cutting-edge Sandy Bridge platform from Intel. Jeff can always add in an additional GPU a year down the line or even overclock his processor if he feels like he needs more speed.
And if you don't have $1500 to spend, you can make the cost easier on your wallet by making a few reasonable cuts. For example, you can get the Intel Core i5 2500 (non-K version) for an $11 savings, only use 4GB of RAM to save $45, opt for a Geforce GTX 560 Ti (the sweet spot card) to save an addition $110, go with a Western Digital 2TB Green drive for $70 off the Black version, and choose the 650 Watt version of the Corsair HX series PSUs for a $40 price difference. Combined, those adjustments net you a total system cost of $1224, or $276 off the price of the rig we built.
Have you build a new system lately or are you in the market for one? Share your PC building experiences below, and let us know what parts you would pick for your own $1500 machine.