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.
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.
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.