I've recently come into a fair bit more money (yay for well-paying summer jobs!), and being the nerd I am, I can't think of anything better to do with it than get a nice, decent gaming rig for the first time in a long time.
My budget is ~£900/1000 at most. I'd rather not go for totally bleeding-edge things, so if keeping it to "good" hardware rather than "awesomez!" keeps it below that price, all the better!
I've had an eye on laneford's thread, but I'd rather not hijack it. So, here goes:
CPU - you lot seemed pretty in favour of the i5 2500K (~£150).
Motherboard - Z77s seem to be the favourite. Probably go for the Z77 Extreme 4 (~£100).
GPU - GTX 670s/680s were mentioned, but these seem to be the newest gen and still fairly expensive. The GTX 560 TI doesn't look bad - ~£190 for 2GB. Some have also recommended the Radeon 7850, ~£180 for 2GB. There seem to be a million and one different versions of GPUs - are most of these pretty identical except for the pretty picture on the side and the colour of the fan?
RAM - Corsair's a good one, 2x4GB at 1600MHz at ~£40 seems good.
PSU - Corsair 550W Modular, as per the other thread, seems good. ~£70.
HDD - Already got a good selection of these floating around that I can reuse.
SSD - It sounds like getting one of these for the OS is well worth considering. How does a Samsung 128GB for ~£80 sound? Put off just a 64 GB one as those come up to £55, spending 50% more money for 100% more space only seems to make sense.
Optical Drive - Seems you can get a DVD-RW for £15 these days.
Keyboard/Mouse - Will any old £15 one be nice enough to use? Got enough mice lying around to keep a cat happy for years.
Case & Cooling - Cooler Master 335U + Hyper 212 EVO? £35+£30
Wireless - Plug-in card for the mobos I'm looking at, ~£20. Brand?
Windows 7 Home Premium (£60)
That brings us up to £805 so far, with a few bits yet to be added in.