1. anyone heard of http://www.alienware.com/? a friend told me to check out their gaming systems... some of their lower end models go for slightly more than $1000. can i build my own for about $1000 that would perform better?
2. if i build i would need case, power supply, cpu, motherboard, disc drive, new RAM and operating system - i am not including a monitor, keyboard, mouse and hard drive (have the hard drive mentioned above) if i am going to spend a little more on one particular component would the best thing to do be buy a very good motherboard? my thinking is that if i had a quality motherboard i could always upgrade other components at a later date if needed. is this silly thinking? (i know technology changes all the time and want to know what the best choice would be.)
as i said i mainly will use this for gaming and internet - i will get a decent video card because i cannot stand having 3 frames per second while playing warcraft and lotro anymore lol. and anything will be an upgrade from my current system. any feedback would be helpful - especially about what you all think are considered the most important components for building a new pc. and what is the minimum power supply recommended and what is ideal?