You put in your topic a 1TB HDD but I think you dont need that much for a HDD I have 640 GB on my PC I have a LOT of stuff, programs, videos, games, music and I havent even reached the 50% of its capacity, I think 640GB its enough man but if you dont just change the HDD
It's a little over your budget. If you want me to try to make it lower, I'll just switch out for a lower GPU.
That is the hard part, what kind of GPU can you get away with that can run Battlefield 3 at least at the mid-range, but is still affordable? That is my biggest dilemma at the moment. I understand all the other parts and what they do, but GPUs still confuse me a little bit (what you can and can't get away with).
edit: Actually, it makes it because I already have the OS. Any type of advice for overclocking other than research the hell out of it?
Oh, and thanks for putting sometime into this.
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here is another link for you. Very active forum and loads of info there forums.anandtech.com/forumdisplay.php?f=4 you will find lots of recent threads about people building gaming PC's with the same budget as yourself. You should look at those to get an idea of what to get