Hey all, hope this is in the right forum!
Here is my deal, I have a macbook pro, but I feel that I would make better use of a gaming rig (as I play a lot of games- BF2142, HL2/CS:S- on my windows partition) and a macbook for portability and OS X. I am looking to spend ~$1000-$1200 on the gaming machine.
I based what I have found on the hot hardware guide for a sub $1000 PC, but I would like some advice before I go ahead with anything. First of all, have I forgoten anything major? Second of all, should I change any of the components for something better or cheaper? Also, I have no idea about cooling- I know things like the GFX card come with fans attached, but what about everything else? Do I need aditional cooling, especially if I plan to OC things a bit?
The second part of my question is how hard is it to build a computer yourself? I have never done anything like it, besides putting in RAM and an ethernet card in my mom and dad's old dell. What skills do I need? Is it just snapping things into place and plugging in wires, or is soldering and slicing required?
Here is what I am looking at:
Processor: C2D E6300
( I hear it is easily OC-able?)
HDD: Western Digital
GFX Card: eVGA GeForce 7950
Motherboard: MSI 975X Platinum V.2