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Help me finish my $1500 dollar build!

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Hi everyone, I am building a gaming computer. My budget is $1500 dollars. I have already purchased some of the components...But, I need some help finishing it up.
Here it is:
Case: Antec LANboy Blue $100. Purchased
Monitor: Asus VE247 1080p LED 23.6" $150. Purchased
Processor: i5 2500k $180. Purchased
Thermal paste: Arctic Silver 5 $7. Purchased
CD Drive: some Asus drive $20. Decided (but not purchased)
Hard Drive: ? 1tb+. ????????????
Power supply: I need one that is 800w+ that fits my budget. ????????????
Motherboard: Needs to overclock well and support 2 of whichever VGA I choose. (for later =p) ???
OS: Windows 7 home premium $80. Decided
GPU: I'm thinking gtx 580 lightning, gtx 580 lightning xtreme, gtx 580 matrix, gtx 590 classified (I'm sure my budget forbids this). ???????????
RAM: Corsair vengeance 8gb $50. Decided
Heatsink: Corsair H60 $60. I want suggestions on this...
I got some freaky good deals on the purchased stuff wink.gif

I think I hit it all... So, I need help with the: Hard Drive, PSU, Mobo, GPU (not skimping here), Heatsink. Also, please suggest changes to absolutely any of the things listed if you know something better. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks if you are still with me up to this point, WataPanda.
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GPU'S: 2 x MSI 6950 Twin Frozr III in crossfire and unlocked to 6970

MSI Twin Frozr III - $240 x 2 = $480

MOBO: ASROCK Z68 Extreme 4 $185

PSU: Silverstone 850W Strider Gold - Fully Modular - $170

HDD: I can't even recommend one right now as the prices are so RIDICULOUS. If I were you I'd pick up an SSD if you can get by w/o much storage needs until these HDD prices drop. My 1TB WD Black that I bought 3 years ago for $80 is on Newegg right now for $230.

SSD: OCZ Agility 3 60GB - $90


Total Final price: $1492 plus a storage drive when they come down
post #3 of 6
Corsair 750AX Professional Series 750W 80 PLUS Gold Modular
2x Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Toxic, with Unlocking switch – $289.99
Mobo same as above
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mobo, gigabyte P67A-UD4. ($170)

psu, pick anything modular and reputable. personally, i'm a fan of kingwin's lazer series. you could get their lower-end 1000 watt psu for $150 or a higher efficiency 850 watt model for $190.

graphics, gtx 570 ($340). you can always add a second one later. as for getting 6950's and unlocking them...its becoming harder and harder to find cards that can be unlocked. as far as i knew, the twin frozr III's have been since changed so they can't be unlocked. plus, unlocking them is (a) risky and (b) risky. sometimes, the cards don't unlock successfully. if you got two, they would both have to unlock fully to crossfire them. while its fun to do, and performance boosts are always cool, i NEVER advocate oc'ing, bios flashing, or other tweaking/modding as a method of getting a "better" product for cheaper. OC'ing is not a way to save money; it is a fun hobby. if you want 6970 performance, the best thing to do is get a 6970 (or a gtx 570, which actually outperforms the 6970 a little bit).

the biggest thing i came to contribute was hdd info: don't buy one right now. they are crazy expensive due to major flooding in thailand where most of them are made.

i would get an ssd, and get an hdd to compliment it in a few months when prices drop back to normal. more specifically, a 128GB crucial m4. ($210)

whatever direction you go, though, do not get an ocz ssd. there have been nothing but problems with them. you might be lucky and get a good one....but the m4 series is faster AND more reliable, and only a small bit more expensive.

total cost: $1517
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k asrock Z68M-ITX XFX HD-697A-CNFC Crucial 2x4gb Ballistix 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial m4 64gb Sandisk Extreme 120gb WD Velociraptor 300gb LG DVD/CD burner 
CoolingPowerCase
Antec Kuhler 620 OCZ ZT 750 Lian-Li PC-Q08B 
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i5 2500k asrock Z68M-ITX XFX HD-697A-CNFC Crucial 2x4gb Ballistix 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial m4 64gb Sandisk Extreme 120gb WD Velociraptor 300gb LG DVD/CD burner 
CoolingPowerCase
Antec Kuhler 620 OCZ ZT 750 Lian-Li PC-Q08B 
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I second that comment above on the HDD issue, go for SSD, forget ocz, complete crap and go for a reliable brand, such as crucial.
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M4/intel/corsair are all good ssd

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7- 2700k 5ghz Ausu maximus Gene-Z 6970/6950 xfire Corsair Dominator 8gb @ 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
G-Skill 120Gb SSD WD Full Custom Loop Windows 7 pro(64bit) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x 24" Samsung LCD Many Korean Custom Cherry MX keyboards -_- AX1200-overkill Corsair 600T White 
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G700 
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i7- 2700k 5ghz Ausu maximus Gene-Z 6970/6950 xfire Corsair Dominator 8gb @ 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
G-Skill 120Gb SSD WD Full Custom Loop Windows 7 pro(64bit) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x 24" Samsung LCD Many Korean Custom Cherry MX keyboards -_- AX1200-overkill Corsair 600T White 
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G700 
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