Desktop Gaming

I want to build or buy, whichever makes more sense, a new Desktop PC for my son.  I know he will want to game with it.  In fact its probably the primary focus.  What is the best way to go about this?  

Processor/Graphics Card/Tower Case/Motherboard/RAM/Input Output etc...   I want him to never really have to worry about the PC being Slow.  Good if its under $1500.  Better if under 1K.

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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Oh goody, a chance to spend someone else's hard-earned cash!

Have just put this together for my youngest who's desperate to play Witcher 3

Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Pearl Computer Case - Black 

Graphics: Palit Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 JetStream Graphics Card (4GB, GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0) 

PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W PC Power Supply - Gold 

Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Intel LGA1150 Z97 ATX Motherboard (1x DDR3, 6x USB3.0, 8x USB2.0, GBE, LAN, HDMI, DVI, VGA) 

Intel Core i5 i5-4690K CPU (Quad Core 3.5GHz Processor, 6MB Cache, Intel HD 4600 Graphics, Socket H3 LGA-1150) 

HDD: Primary: Samsung 840 Series Pro 256GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive 
HDD: Data: WD 3 TB SATA lll Caviar Hard Drive - Green 

RAM: Corsair CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz CL9 XMP Performance Desktop Memory Kit Black 

Optical Drive: Samsung 24x Retail SATA DVD Writer 

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CPU comes with stock fan
You'll need some thermal paste and three SATA data cables

I didn't factor in monitor keyboard and mouse as he's moving his SteelSeries across and already has
AOC Q2770Pqu 27 inch Widescreen S-PLS LED Multimedia Monitor (2560x1440, 5ms, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0) and Windows.

Not too bad for performance :)

I'm sure this is one of many shopping lists for you to look at - although I do have some prior form on gaming suggestions ;)

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Kyle AbrahamsSenior .Net DeveloperCommented:
Building you get a lot more bang for your buck in my opinion.  

What I normally do is I scour tomshardware forums for other people's builds, and then tweak it myself. is also nice because you can keep track of what you're buying, and allows others to view your builds.

For example . . . just fooling around I came up with:   You may be able to tweak it a bit more for your configurations / budget.

With a primary focus on gaming though: this is your priority:

Graphics Card  (go Nvidia look at an SLI for later)
CPU  (Haswell)
Motherboard  (should support SLI for future expansion)
Hard Drives (I always go 2, an SSD for your OS and then a 7200 RPM data drive)
Optical Drives

The sound cards on the motherboards are usually good enough, don't waste your money there.  

Hope that helps . . . if you want to try a specific build and then post back with it we can help you out more.
>>   I want him to never really have to worry about the PC being Slow.  <<  after some years; all become slow
>>   Good if its under $1500.  Better if under 1K.   <<  impossible, if you want a top video card

that said, you may want to look at these :
top gamer pc :

best gaming PC of 2015,review-2219.html
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