I've been reading MaxPC and the forums for a while, and I'm finally getting to build my first gaming rig. My budget is right around $1200 US, so I wanted to toss my ideas for parts up here and get some suggestions. Some components I'm pretty sure of, while others I just have a general idea or price of what I would like to spend.
As far as the games I'll be playing, definitely Diablo III, Borderlands 2 and Left 4 Dead 2, and probably titles like Arkham City, DCU online and Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3. I would like to get as much eye candy out of these games as possible, but I am much more interested in having them run smoothly.
I already have a full copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, an Antec 902 case with USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, a Dell ST2210 22" monitor, Creative Fatal1ty sound card, Saitek Cyborg gaming keyboard and a Logitech trackball. So here is what I have in mind. I looked all these parts up on Best Buy's website, since I figured they would have the highest prices (and I can use my rewards card). I'm sure I'll actually wind up making purchases from various sites when the time comes.
GPU: PNY - GeForce GTX 560Ti 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express Overclocked Graphics Card http://www.bestbuy.com/site/PNY+-+GeFor ... &cp=1&lp=1
Is PNY any good for GPUs?
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core 3.3GHz Processor http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Intel%26%23 ... &cp=1&lp=3
Is it worth going up to the i7-2700K?
Motherboard: Here is where I need the most help. What socket and chipset should I be looking for? What else should I make sure I have on the mobo? I don't think I'll ever do dual GPUs. And is a cap of $225 reasonable?
PSU: I'm thinking either Corsair, PCP&C or Thermaltake, and at least 800W. Suggestions on wattage and price; maybe around $125?
Memory: 8 GB DDR3 Corsair or Patriot, but not sure of what models is good for gaming.
HDD: Western Digital - 320GB Caviar Blue SATA 7200 RPM http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Dig ... Id=7821985
Am I better off with higher RPM or SATA II or III? I'd like to keep the price around $100.
SSD: I was think of a solid state drive to run my games off of. Are there any benefits to this? I know I can get about 60 GB for @ $125 at bestbuy.com. I was thinking Corsair or OCZ, but I'm not really sure.
Optical Drive: I'd like to get at least a Blu-Ray player/DVD/CD burner. If it could burn all three for less than $100, that would be great. Was thinking Lite-On or Samsung. I'm also thinking a straight up DVD/CD drive for about $20 will work fine.
CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212
So, there is what I'm thinking about. Is there anything I'm missing, even minute details? I know there are a lot of questions here, but I also want to make sure parts are compatible and don't want to have to upgrade every other year.
Thanks in advance for your advice and patience.