Help with building PC please


I want to build a new pc, i was thinkin either threw ibuypower or cyberpower

Basically my budget is $850-950. maybe $1000 lol.

I want to have a good video card to be able to play tf2 and l4d2 without having a crappy image.

I really dont know what kind of processor i want yet, its kinda confusing trying to catch up on technology Ive read the i5 is better than the i9??? idk. i was thinkin maybe i7.

what is a good amount of ram? i have 5 gbs right now on this computer. I really just want to build this computer for gaming, and since im a photographer, id like to use photoshop, edit stuff. etc. and of course school work

I heard if your going to have a good high vid card u need a good PSU thats over 650W? I was thinkin dual nvidias 250's? but dont kno if thats going to fit my "budget"

So if you guys could help me, from a gamer to another gamer that'd be great.
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  1. Well it depends on how much money you're willing to spend

    more spending mean more powerful system, less spending mean less powerful system

    anyhow here is some useful hint about what you're looking to achieve:

    Learn How to Build
    Your Own Gaming Computers :

    Intel Core I5 Computer CPU Vs Intel Core I7 920 Computer Processor Review

    ATI Radeon™ HD 5850 System Requirements

  2. Thanks greenfield,

    Im def. going to use that video to build my own.
    Is this good so far.. this is my first time buying to build so I dont know if the things im buying go with eachother.

    Raidmax skyine atx 948ws
    Biostar tpower i55 lga 1156 intel p55 atx
    i5 - 750 Lynnfield 8mb 1156 95w quadcore
    BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC sli ready
    Corsair compsu 750tx 750w atx 12v sli ready
    Western Digital 750gb
    Corsair Dominator 4gb ddr3 1600

    How do I know what Windows to buy for my OS? I want to get windows 7, but on newegg theres a lot that are named the same but cost different? :\ do I need to get the full? or Pack for System Builders - OEM?? this is really confusing me :\
  3. This is your mobo: Motherboards > Biostar > Item#:N82E16813138159

    BIOSTAR TPOWER i55 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    Avg Rating: [3]
    Original Price: $174.99
    You Save: $20.00
    $2.99 Std. Shipping*

    * Std. Shipping is not available to AK, HI and PR.Model
    Brand BIOSTAR
    Model TPOWER i55
    Supported CPU
    CPU Socket Type LGA 1156
    CPU Type Core i7 (LGA1156)/i5 (LGA1156)
    North Bridge Intel P55
    Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin
    Memory Standard DDR3-2000(OC) /1600/1333
    Maximum Memory Supported 16GB
    Channel Supported Dual Channel
    Expansion Slots
    PCI Express 2.0 x16 2 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (CFX x8 or SLI x8)
    PCI Express x4 1
    PCI Express x1 1
    PCI Slots 2
    Storage Devices
    PATA 1 x ATA133 2 Dev. Max
    SATA 3Gb/s 6
    SATA RAID 0/1/5/10
    Onboard Video
    Onboard Video Chipset None
    Onboard Audio
    Audio Chipset Realtek ALC888S
    Audio Channels 8 Channels
    Onboard LAN
    LAN Chipset Intel 82578D
    Second LAN Chipset Realtek 8111DL
    Max LAN Speed Dual 10/100/1000Mbps
    Rear Panel Ports
    PS/2 1
    USB 1.1/2.0 8 x USB 2.0
    IEEE 1394 1 x IEEE 1394a
    eSATA 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s
    S/PDIF Out 1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial
    Audio Ports 6 Ports
    Onboard USB
    Onboard USB 3 x USB header (support 6 ports)
    Onboard 1394
    Onboard 1394 1x 1394a
    Physical Spec
    Form Factor ATX
    Dimensions 12.0" x 9.6"
    Power Pin 24 Pin
    Features 8 + 4 phase power design
    Support ATI CrossfireX technology
    Support NVIDIA SLI technology
    Dura-MAX high quality components
    100% X.D.C Japanese solid capacitor
    Clean-Tone2 Audio Technology
    Heat-pipe Solution
    Toverclock UTILITY
    GPU (Green Power Utility) for Dynamic CPU power consumption control
    Package Contents BIOSTAR TPOWER i55 Motherboard
    SLI Bridge, SLI bracket, CrossFireX Bridge,
    IO shield
    6 x SATA & 6 x SATA Power cables
    IDE Cable
    Driver CD and Manual
    Manufacturer Warranty
    Parts 3 years limited
    Labor 2 years limited

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  4. Hi:Sounds good but for Future use if you spend little more the following would be better:

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready
    CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible
    with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

    Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

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