I5 game system for mom w/ssd 1500+/-

So, my mom who games wants a new computer. She tells me that if I build her one, she will buy 2 of everything and let me build myself a new computer also. So, here we go

I'm looking for suggestions for a i5 gaming system that has a ssd drive. The idea of this system would be to utilize money where its most necessary. IE. not to spend $200 on a case when a $50 works. I do want to overclock this. off the top of my head, this is what I have.

i5 750 $200
cpu cooler $50-100
mobo $100-200
ram $50-150
hdd (data _everything else) $50-100
ssd (os + cpl games) $200-300
gpu $250-300
psu $50-100
oem os $100
lcd $200-300
misc drives $50-100
keyboard,speakers,mouse,etc $50-100
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my projected range---$1350-2050


her idea was to spend 1200 on a premade asus i7 920 desktop w/ geforce 260 in it and tossing a after market cpu cooler and ssd in it. so cost closer to $1600... I convinced her otherwise... so the more money I can save, then the more likely my nefarious plan will work.

I realize that this is quite a range. just keep the rule of thumb that if a more expensive item doesnt produce a noticeable difference... swap it out. Noticable= something that would make you sit there and go "damn, why is this taking so long" or "why is this game playing poorly"... stuff like that.
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  2. I think Why_me has a good plan, except for the PSU.

    This Combo deal with the case get's you a much better PSU:
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  3. Proximon said:
    I think Why_me has a good plan, except for the PSU.

    This Combo deal with the case get's you a much better PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.245596


    +1 for that Antec combo
  4. what games does she want to play?
  5. she mostly plays mmorpg. However, she has recently started to play FPS.
  6. :o she is either the coolest mom alive or the scariest
  7. naw, coolest thing is she is a retired special agent for DoJ (30+years). Gotta love a 50yo mother that carries a concealed glock on her 24/7
  8. for SSD, go with the OCZ Vertex 60GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227394

    it's 4GB smaller than the Corsair, but it performs much better. OCZ Vertex is the only SSD that's even close to the performance of the Intel G2 ones.
  9. wathman said:
    for SSD, go with the OCZ Vertex 60GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227394

    it's 4GB smaller than the Corsair, but it performs much better. OCZ Vertex is the only SSD that's even close to the performance of the Intel G2 ones.


    Yep, I got that one yesterday, works great :) I actually built a similar computer yesterday, parts are in this thread minus the GPU. It's my post just past halfway down, and the subtotal is $1,027.36. I'll be picking up a 5870 next week, assuming the release dates are correct, and I'd recommend the same, or a 5850 if budget is tight. Since there is a potential bottleneck in PCI-e on crossfire cards, I think it's best to get one good card to start off with, especially if they're coming out so soon.
  10. Despite claims that it's a CF board, the UD2 is not. It has a PCI-E 2.0 X16 slot, and the second PCI-E slot is X4.

    So it's good you got one good card ;)
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