I'm a little confused about compatibility right now (first time builder). I'm trying to get the most out of my budget, and would appreciate your expertise. I'm having particular difficulty picking out a mobo and an appropriate PSU. I would also like to cut down on budget spent on the case without giving up quality design and cable management (if possible).
Approximate Purchase Date: End of this week Budget Range: $1000–1200 After Rebates (will be a little flexible) System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (with and w/o fraps; Skyrim, Metro 2033), graphic design, occasional movie watching, typical office use. Parts Not Required: Monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse, OS Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever has the best deal. For ballpark pricing estimate, I will be using amazon and newegg. Country: U.S.A. California Parts Preferences: No preference. Whatever counts for quality here would be ideal. Overclocking: Yes. SLI or Crossfire: Eventually, but for now, one card. Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 max. I may pick up a 1920 x 1200 monitor in the future. Additional Comments: A quiet computer would be ideal, but some noise will not be deal breaking. I’m really looking for the performance/cost ratio, while still being able to play games like Skyrim and Metro 2033 at upper to max levels.