What is a good desktop build for optimal video gaming?

I've been meaning to save up enough money to build my own high end desktop. I want to ep the cost as low as possible but I want the computer to be as upgradable as possible. So when I do save up enough dinero I can buy parts to upgrade it.

Pretty much what I'm looking for right now is a machine that can handle games like Skyrim and emulators with absolute preormance and graphics witout spending much cash.
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  1. Do you need an OS, monitor, keyboard, or mouse, and do you prefer Intel/AMD or Nvidia/AMD?
  2. Jacob McIntosh said:
    Do you need an OS, monitor, keyboard, or mouse, and do you prefer Intel/AMD or Nvidia/AMD?

    I probably should have specified that information. Sorry!

    I do not need an OS.
    I will need a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
    I'm not sure what you mean by intel/amd or nvidia/amd but I'd prefer Intel as I know more about those processors than I do about AMD.
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Best Buy)
    Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card ($549.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1250W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($250.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Monitor: QNIX QX2710 Matte 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($379.49 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1745.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-18 12:23 EDT-0400)

    I included a 1,250 watt power supply for 3-way CrossFire, as you said you wanted this build to be upgradeable. As for the rest of the parts

    -great CPU for gaming, can be OC'd to at least 4.0GHZ on that cooler
    -good motherboard
    -120gb SSD for OS and apps, 1TB drive for storage
    -great GPU
    -high res 27" monitor
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