My friend is getting a computer as a grad gift from his parents and I agreed to build it for him. He said that his parents said to go all out but to be within reason. He is an occasional gamer but he is encouraged to game more in the future especially cause of this upcoming. He also said that he wants the build to be future-proof. I just want to get outside opinions before I give the thumbs up.
That motherboard is good for future-proofing if you want to be able to run 4 cards. Not so good as it does not feature SATA 6GB/s ports. It's also quite expensive. So if 3 or more video cards isn't desired then I'd suggest this: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO $139 ($7.87 shipping) They also have a version with USB3.
Good choice of card, I wouldn't change unless you're willing to spend a lot more.
Is there some reason why you need a retail harddrive? The sata cables you'll need will come with the motherboard. This is one of the fastest 500GB harddrives, has more storage and is cheaper: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB $55
Please do not cheap out on the PSU. A bad one can blow up and damage other components on it's way down. So unless you know that it is a good one, I'd suggest getting another one. I don't know if you are taking the rebate on that PSU into account. The way I figure it it costs $250 without rebate, $225 for that case and PSU together, taking shipping into account. So either way this is cheaper: Antec Twelve Hundred & Antec Earthwatts 650W PSU Combo $215 And I certainly know that the PSU involved is a good one. And powerful enough for multiple 5770s.
The CP-850 simply has no competition....nothing beats it electrically or acoustically and no one sells a PSU of that quality under $180.....it's designed specifically for the 1200 and 3 other Antec cases.