Hello, TH community I am currently working on building a new gaming rig and was hoping for a little advice. Ive built systems before but its been a few years thanks to my my M17X laptop. Unfortunately said laptop is now showing signs of age that no longer make it my friend when it comes to hardcore gaming, so i decided to take the plunge and build a new desktop. Only one issue Ive been out of the system builder game for so long that I'm really have a hard time deciding on a motherboard. I'd be grateful for any advice about a mobo and processor cooler that would handle possible overclocking in the future. If you could give a sanity check on the parts Ive picked so far that would be great also. The types of games Ive looking at playing are things like Wow, Diablo 3, Starcraft, Skyrim and so on.
Approximate Purchase Date: next 2 weeks...hopefully
Budget Range: $2000 - 2200 Before Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, gaming, gaming, did I mention gaming? , surfing the internet
Parts Not Required: keyboard (Logitech G15), mouse (Logitech G15), monitor (ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: I like MSI but if there is a better option I'll gladly go with that, Nvidia
Overclocking: Maybe, Ive never done it before but looking into giving it a try.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, right now looking into single card solutions to help on price.
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 for right now due to monitor but want to be capable of going higher if I get some cash for a newer monitor
Additional Comments: These are the parts Ive spec'd out so far:
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case - $99.99
Power: OCZ ZX Series 1000W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply - $199.99
dang. I know that a m17x isn't cheap...I mean like customizing it can go up to 2-3.5+ grand. Sad that your laptop is decaying only after a couple years...Buy your stuff from newegg.com or tigerdirect.com.