New build need advice

I'm sure I won't be able to build a beast with my budget, so I'd like a computer that I can possibly do upgrades to in the future. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: The only game I really play at the moment is World of Warcraft, I'd like to try skyrim and other games out though. I use photoshop a lot.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, possibly cd/dvd player. My current hard drive is only 80gb, so I'd really like something with a bit more space. My case is a dell case, so I don't think It's usuable.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel, i5-2500k if possible.

Overclocking: sure

SLI or Crossfire: I'm not sure, is it that much of an improvement over a single card? I don't think it's needed.

Monitor Resolution: My monitor is 20" 1600x900

Additional Comments: I need windows 7, so budget is actually 700. I'm willing to do 800 depending on if that extra 100 would really help out that much as far as performance and part quality goes.


This is what I have so far, how is this build? Rebates factored in.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K @ $200-220 (Sold out, probably have to buy from a local MicroCenter shop. Otherwise, $210 from TigerDirect right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

CPU Cooler: CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ @ $16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Motherboard: ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 @ $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

RAM: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH @ $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570

Graphics Card: PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity @ $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131378

Hard Disk: Right now, all the usual places with super cheap hard drives are all sold out. Open to suggestions.

Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III PPCMK3S500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply @ $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703035

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case @ $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
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  1. Microcenter is the way to go if you're close to one. They usually sell it for $180 and $60 off the intel motherboard. As for HDD, go get a SSD or something. You can store your OS and some games in it for now. Skyrim scales well with low end graphic cards and the 6870 is mid end so you'll be fine with a HD 6870. It's safe to drop to a HD 6850 or even a HD 6770 though. You're not playing at high resolution :P
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