Need Advice on this $1300 Gaming PC Build

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week, possibly Dec. 14th.

Budget Range: $1100-$1300, before rebates, before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly Gaming, but will also be using it for college work and some internet surfing.

Parts Not Required: I need everything, this is a new build that includes system, monitor, mouse, keyboard, speaker system, etc.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, preferably i5 2500k.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Computer Case doesn't have to be flashy, but very flexible and future ready. I need some advice with choosing a good, fast, but reliable hard drive.

Computer Case:
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer

Extra Computer Case Fan:
Cooler Master Megaflow 200mm

Intel i5 2500k

Water Cooling:
Corsair H80

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

Video Card:
Sapphire 100314-4SR Radeon HD 6870 Dirt3 Edition 1GB

Power Supply:
Corsair Gaming Series 700w

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

Optical Drive:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Operating System:
Windows 7 Home Premium

Acer LCD Monitor

Keyboard & Mouse:
Microsoft Standard Keyboard and Mouse

Logitech S120 Speaker System

Mouse Pad:
XTRAC PADS Ripper Optical Mouse pad

Game Pad:
Xbox 360 Wired Controller

Hard drive:
I was thinking about getting a Western Digital Black 1TB Hard drive, but have been also thinking about getting two 300GB Hard drives to separate gaming files from college work and etc.

All this comes out to be a total price of $1177.86 before shipping and MIR. Like I said earlier, I'm looking to spend around $1300-$1100 on this Gaming Build. I want it to be easily upgradable, high-performance, and reliable. If you could give me some products to choose for a hard drive, I would greatly appreciate it.
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  1. Looks pretty good mang. The 6870 should handle medium settings in most newer games BF3, Skyrim etc. Will be able to max MMO's. Looks easily upgradable as far as being able to do SLI and Overclocking that PSU has got to go. you really need something along the lines of 850w so that you have some headroom or maybe even 1000w. you could save some cash by getting a xigmatek or cooler master air cooler and still get some good overclocking speeds unless you just have to have water cooling.

    here is a PSU

    cpu cooler

    these do really well and get awesome reviews. good luck
  2. Change the PSU to a 650W it would be able to handle CF and OCing with enough headroom left over.

    For HDD go with a Seagate Barracuda, Samsung Spinpoint F3, or a Western Digital

    Do you really want a water cooled system? Go with the Hyper 212+, Hyper 212 Evo, CM 612 are good options for CPU coolers

    Besides that everything else looks good, one question is what games are you intending to play with the 6870
  3. I don't have to have a water cooling system, I just never thought that I could overclock to 4.0ghz without a water cooling system. But I will probably change to one of those CPU coolers mentioned.

    The games that I will be playing are BF3, Skyrim, MW3, GTA IV. I forgot to mention that earlier.

    But the reason I went to 700w is because if I were to add another 6870, I thought that psu would be just enough.
  4. I have also found what I could want for hard drive storage for my gaming pc.

    Hard Drive:
    Seagate Barracuda Green Hard Drive 1TB

    Corsair Force Series 3 120GB

    For $230 in total (before shipping and MIR), do you think this is worth getting for a gaming pc? I could put my OS and Games on my SSD and put everything else on the hard drive.
  5. Yep get it if you can!
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