[EDIT IN: I was working on this post then distracted away for awhile so missed your input about your mother not liking the case. I will try to find another approach... however, the ideas below are still valid for those who may be following the thread:
The build looks pretty good to me though I think there's room to improve. Here's my thoughts:
1. The older and less expensive motherboard you have chosen doesn't have a SATA III port, which will cut into the potential peak performance of the SSD drive by up to ~30% or so under some situations.
2. What are you plans for speakers? Any? I notice the monitor selected has none, but is also priced pretty competitively so it's hard to argue with. (monitors with speakers are currently priced ~$20 more with shipping, which is probably enough to buy some nicer separate speakers anyway)
3. The i3 only natively supports 1333 speed memory (though on some boards you may be able to set it higher, but not on the board you have selected), and the odds of anyone actually sending in a $10 MIR are pretty nill. I'd suggest splitting the difference. If you stick to the board that only supports 1333 speeds on an SB chip, then pick a 1333 kit with no rebate required to save the hassle. Otherwise, if you snag a board that supports the higher speed, there are 1600 kits for ~$39-40 that would "split the difference" between sending in the MIR or not. $5 is not enough savings on an MIR to waste the time IMO.
4. Unless cordless is specifically requested, traditional wired keyboard/mice kits are always best when building for friends and family.
5. The Ranger case is available in a combo with a better PSU for less cost.
Save hassle of ordering the CPU from a separate vendor, this combo effectively makes the i3 $3 cheaper through newegg than through superbiz
The 430W green is a more respectably made unit than most lower end cooler master power supplies. In this combo, your Case/PSU are costing effectively $8 less.
This newer generation entry level chipset board does cost slightly more, however, gives you a SATA III port so as not to bottleneck the potential SSD performance. Also, this board is going to be better long term if you ever have to add functionality or replace functionality. (onboard ethernet commonly fails on MOBOs, you may want the machine to go discrete GPU in the future to improve CPU performance (since they share system memory and bandwidth), while the board you have picked would do both of these things, there would be no room left for say, a wireless card, or another interface card down the road (firewire? More USB?, you never know). This board has a bit more room to grow, especially if a single slot width GPU is utilised. If you can afford another $15, this is an even better option: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128555
<4xDDR slots may prove useful long term, but that's questionable depending on the direction software takes in coming years.
If you really trust yourself to send in the MIR, and are confident it will come back, go for the SSD you had in mind, otherwise, this is the better quality unit for the same price (before rebate).
Save yourself the trouble of sending in the MIR on RAM, the i3 SB will only run 1333 speeds on that board anyway.
WIRED unless specifically requested. Less opportunity for problems with wired input devices.
Otherwise, pick up the Acer you had in mind, and pick up some separate speakers. (something like : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121013
That's around $20 more than your current build plan, includes speakers, better motherboard, better power supply, etc etc. It's worth the difference IMO.
EricEdited by mdocod - 9/2/12 at 5:17pm