Need help picking out parts for gaming PC build

Hello, I am looking into building a gaming computer and could use some help picking out the parts. It's honestly a bit intimidating to a beginner, so I could use some help as to what parts are the best and most price efficient.

My budget is $800-$1000 (preferably more on the side of $800, but I will compromise on that if it's really worth it). At this point I will not need to buy a monitor. I'm planning on buying an OEM version of Windows 7 to keep the price down.

I strongly prefer room to upgrade in the future and I need at least 1TB of hard disk space. Apart from that, I don't have any real preference as to whether AMD or Intel, Nvidia or ATI, etc.

I'm looking for some build ideas I could take a look at and compare.

Thank you for your time.
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  1. please go to this link and edit your post by copy pasting the form. Fill it out with all the info you can and we will be glad to help.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgrade-advice
  2. just stick with an intel processor and get the best video card your budget allows and you cant go wrong
  3. CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072



    MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271


    RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB @1600mhz CL9 $45.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416#top




    GPU: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 570 $249.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127682


    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840#top


    ODD: Samsung DVD Burner $16.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244


    Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer $79.99 $69.99 after mail-in rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240#top


    PSU: Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W BRONZE Certified Modular $84.99 $64.99 after mail-in rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371059


    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT $46.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103089 TOTAL $954.91 AFTER MIR $924.91
  4. You could go a little cheaper by getting a 7850 and a smaller PSU with my above build there is nothing wrong with ATI video cards and the 7850 is only a little bit slower than a 570 about 5% but it uses less power and has more vram it can be overclocked to almost match a stock GTX580 the GTX 570 can be overclocked to match a stock GTX 580
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