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

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September 8, 2009 8:49:35 PM

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
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.
September 8, 2009 9:15:39 PM

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September 8, 2009 11:31:36 PM

what games does she want to play?
September 9, 2009 4:56:51 PM

she mostly plays mmorpg. However, she has recently started to play FPS.
September 9, 2009 5:28:41 PM

:o  she is either the coolest mom alive or the scariest
September 9, 2009 5:38:48 PM

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
September 18, 2009 7:00:25 AM

wathman said:
for SSD, go with the OCZ Vertex 60GB:

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.
September 18, 2009 7:27:01 AM

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 ;)