This is my first build and I have a lot of questions and could use some advice on various components. I would like to build a gaming/HTPC and hook it up to a 46 inch Sony 1080p 240hz LED TV, I believe model KDL46ex720. Is this advisable or should I just invest in a good monitor? I have never been a PC gamer, always strictly on consoles, so a lot of my questions relate to the gaming aspect of the build. Other than gaming I would like to experiment with overclocking and to have solid media functionality (HTPC use). I dont really have a budget, but would definitely like to save as much money as possible while still balancing performance and aesthetics. Will be purchasing parts over the next month or so. I would also like to hook it up to my surround receiver but am not sure as to the best way to do that, whether it be through optical or HDMI through the MOBO, or through the HDMI on the graphics card. If through the MOBO is ideal than audio chipset would be important to me, however I dont really know the difference between them.
I realized i have an aunt that lives near a Mircocenter in NY and could have her purchase the part and ship it to me in Florida. I read somewhere in the forums that Microcenter has a deal where you can save $40 off a MOBO with the purchase of an intel CPU. Anyone know how to get that discount? I was also debatting between the I7-3770K considering the Microcenter price but not sure if it would be overkill for my needs.
RAM: I don't really care. Just gonna get whatever quality brand of DDR3 1600 that runs at 1.5v (isn't that important for ivy bridge?) that I can get on sale and that looks good. I would think 8GB would be fine.
I like the Corsair 650D a lot but feel like its a bit pricey for me. Does it ever go on sale for closer to $100 or any similar alternatives? I'd like a more of a classy look. Also a window would be nice.
graphics card: this will be the last part I purchase. I really have no idea what I would need. I basically would like to run current games (BF3 for example) on the TV listed above (again unless that is not advisable). No idea as far as SLI/CF.
Ok well I know that is alot so thank you all in advance for any help.