The best under $1500 gaming rig

A Listmania! list by Carlito Brigante "Thaweez" (Houston, TX)
The list author says: "This is the best under $1500 system i found you could build from scratch. Some parts can be changed with others these are just what i have found to work best. Optical drives,GPU, and MB can be changed but i would keep the case, PSU, and RAM. To go a little cheaper you could eliminate the SSD but i have found it is the best way to run your OS. Other than that have fun on your build I hope this helps."
Intel Core i7-950 3.06 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1366 Processor
1.  Intel Core i7-950 3.06 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1366 Processor by Intel
The list author says:
  "Microcenter has them for 229.99.  Great buy at that price.  If you do not have one in your city i feel bad go to there website.  I liked the 930 better b/c they were so cheap.  Last bought one for 159.99 but they are all gone it seems."
$255.87   Used & New from: $74.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

ASUS Socket 1366/Intel X58/Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/SATA3.0&USB3.0/A&GbE/ATX Motherboard s SABERTOOTH X58
2.  ASUS Socket 1366/Intel X58/Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/SATA3.0&USB3.0/A&GbE/ATX Motherboard s SABERTOOTH X58 by Asus
The list author says:
  "Great price for a very nice board.  Lets you run two GPU's in crossfire or SLI at x16.  Cant beat the price.  Couple other choices out there depending on what you want to spend."
Used & New from: $259.99
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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6GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 PI Series CL6 (6-8-6-20) Triple Channel kit
3.  6GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 PI Series CL6 (6-8-6-20) Triple Channel kit by G.Skill
The list author says:
  "Best ram to use i have found.  Cas latency of 6 and very easily oc'd.  Have 12gb's running in my rig have not had one problem.  Newegg.com has better prices on ram i have found than Amazon does.  Currently 159.99 for this set if you go to the CAS7 it is only 119.99 which is a great buy."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

EVGA GeForce GTX470 1280 MB DDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card 012-P3-1470-AR
4.  EVGA GeForce GTX470 1280 MB DDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card 012-P3-1470-AR by EVGA
The list author says:
  "Use a lot of power but easily OC'd and two in SLI are just amazing.  Best buy out there at 219.99/per.  I suggest 2 you will not be disappointed."
Used & New from: $249.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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RealSSD C300 Solid State Drive
5.  RealSSD C300 Solid State Drive by Crucial
The list author says:
  "Since SSd's are still too pricey for what they offer i suggest using this unit to run your OS. Cheapest price is 119.99 on newegg.com."
Used & New from: $30.00
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Western Digital 640 GB Caviar Black SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD6401AALS
6.  Western Digital 640 GB Caviar Black SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD6401AALS by Western Digital
The list author says:
  "Western Digital produces the best HDD's out there.  This is one of my favorites.  The 1tb is slower than this unit but you could go up to the 750gb if you choose."
$88.00   Used & New from: $24.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (531 customer reviews)

LITE-ON 4x Blu-ray Disc SATA Internal Optical Drive iHOS104
7.  LITE-ON 4x Blu-ray Disc SATA Internal Optical Drive iHOS104 by Lite-On
The list author says:
  "Cheap and works well!  Enough said"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

 
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LG Internal UH12NS30 BD-ROM Blu-ray Optical Drive by LG

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LITEON IHAS224-06 BLACK/BUL Lite-On IHAS224-06 LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Driv (IHAS22406BLACKBUL)
8.  LITEON IHAS224-06 BLACK/BUL Lite-On IHAS224-06 LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Driv (IHAS22406BLACKBUL) by Others
The list author says:
  "Lightscribe and cheap!"
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Corsair HX Professional Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Core i7 and Core i5 - CMPSU-850HX
9.  Corsair HX Professional Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Core i7 and Core i5 - CMPSU-850HX by Corsair
The list author says:
  "Corsair is the best PSU manufacturer period!"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)

 
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Intel Core BX80646I74790K i7-4790K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.40 GHz) by Intel

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NZXT PHANTOM ATX Full Tower Case, White PHAN-001WT
10.  NZXT PHANTOM ATX Full Tower Case, White PHAN-001WT by Nzxt
The list author says:
  "You can choose from 3 different colors red, white, and black but great case at a great price.  Fans are the quietest out there and there are lots of them.  Plus great storage for HDD's and SSD's."
$132.70   Used & New from: $90.80
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)

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