Gaming/HTPC for ~$725

I've decided to build a computer, but the amount of information out there is rather overwhelming. I was hoping to get some advice, seeing as I haven't done this before. I've looked around and don't know which direction to head in. At this time, I am open for about anything. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon

Budget Range:$600-$850

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Orange Box, WoW, Civ V), watching movies, internet

Parts Not Required: OS, mouse, keyboard, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I would like it to be future proof to some degree.
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  1. That seems like a simple enough ask, you can get a decent, futureproof build for that price.

    Intel Core i5-2500k
    G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x2GB 1600Mhz
    Antec Three Hundred
    Antec CP-520 520W
    ASUS HD 6850
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB

    On Newegg that build comes to around $720.
  2. Here's a build that comes with a couple bucks of your target budget that allows for future upgrades. A Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler can be added (now or later) for $32 ( to allow for a nice overclock to around 4.5GHz. Down the road, a 2nd HD 5850 can be added for improved gaming performance (note that it will require a PSU upgrade as well, something in the 650watt range with four 6-pin PCIe connectors). For $40 more you could go with 8GB of memory off the bat (you don't need it for gaming), or you can simply add an up to 8GB later for 12GB total, in needed.

    Cooler Master HAF 912
    $59.99, free shipping

    Intel Core i5-2500k combo w/ ASUS P8P67-M Pro
    $344.98, 7.56 shipping, $10 off with promo code HARDOCPX5X4B, ends 5/10

    G.Skill Ripjaws X 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333 CL9 1.5v
    $44.99, free shipping

    Sapphire HD 5850 Xtreme (Performance is comparable to the HD 6870)
    $139.99, free shipping

    Antec EarthWatts 500D PSU
    $69.99, free shipping, $20 off w/ promo code EMCKEKG84, ends 5/9

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB OEM
    $60.85, free shipping

    LG 24x SATA DVD Burner OEM
    $20.99, free shipping

    Total: $719.34 shipped, after promo codes.
  3. What do you think of something like this?
  4. I would pass. Rosewill PSUs are known for high failure rates. That case is overpriced. You're going to be over budget when you add a decent GPU for gaming and have to replace the PSU...
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