I've been an avid gamer for a while (MMOs, RPGs, FPSs, etc.) but always bought rigs though boutique PC manufacturers. I always knew enough about the internal workings to be dangerous but certainly never felt like a pro (still have no clue how to OC). That said, I've always had the nagging feeling that I was overpaying for something that I could probably figure out how to do myself. With my current rig about 6 years old (I have several bottlenecks - my ASUS 680i SLI MB, e6600 dual core, 4GB ram, to name a few), I was contemplating just taking the leap and building my own rig this time around. My goal is to have a good gaming rig that will have longevity. I can't afford to buy/upgrade my rig that often so I am hoping to have this one last for another 5-6 years with the occasional upgrade (RAM, GPU, etc.)
To that end, I could use some guidance on several things: 1) is my current rig such an issue that I should upgrade, 2) am I crazy to try to build a gaming rig by myself for my first foray into custom building, and most importantly, 3) how does my first stab at a build look to the "experts". I took the following format from the recommended sticky for my proposed build post.
Approximate Purchase Date: June 2011
Budget Range: $1500-$1900 after rebates, including peripherals
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the internet, Office Productivity, Photo editing
Parts Not Required: Speakers (unless you would recommend a good deal, I have Klipsch but only 2.1), OS (have Windows 7)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel CPU a LCD (LED backlighting) monitor and full tower case)
Overclocking: Yes, If I could figure out how to do it, so if its relatively easy to do, that would be a plus.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (unless you have better suggestions)
Additional Comments: Looking for a quiet PC, but essentially want to know if I am overpaying for certain parts, underpaying for others, and basically allocating my funds correctly. Would love to get this rig cheaper if possible without losing a ton of performance but don't know enough about whether this is even a good rig for the money, as $1900+ seems pricey and want to make sure I'm not in full on over-kill mode.
Any help & guidance would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone has some counsel on the best guide/walkthrough on how to put a custom rig together, that would be great. Last thing I want to do is spend another $1000+ dollars replacing parts that I blew through due to my own ignorance/stupidity.