Re: First gaming/programming computer - $800 - 1100
From experience, I would recommend getting at least a 90gb SSD...you will find it very frustrating trying to fit the OS and all your main programs on 60gb drive; windows takes up about 20gb and games + other programs take up quite a bit as well. 60gb will work, but, as in my case, I've had to sacrifice and make decisions about which games to put on there and which to put on my other drive. That also goes for programs that can only be installed on the C:, which can cause problems.
As for the gpu, I recommend you don't go to older technology (GTX the 4xx series), I'd get something in the GTX 5xx series, either the 550ti, 560, or 560ti. Much better power usage, graphics, and heat ratio.
Asus P5Q Motherboard * OC'ed Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.82ghz w/ Arctic Silver 5 * OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066ghz * Kingston Hyper X (2x2gb) DDR2 1066ghz * EVGA GTX 560 Ti Superclocked * Ultra X-Blaster ATX Mid-Tower * OCZ Vertex 2 120gb * WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 rpm * OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular PSU * Sony Optaric DVD Burner * Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit * 22" LG Flatron W2252TQ LCD * LG Flatron E2281
Samsung Series 7 17.3" Laptop w/ 256gb Vertex 4 SSD