First time "building" a comp. Need help!

Alright so heres the situation. My cousin works at Intel and my aunt works for Nvidia. I asked them if they can get me discounts on some of their products. My cousin replied to me saying he can get me a new i7 2600k Sandy Bridge for $159 and my aunt said she'll just buy me a Nvidia GTX 260 2GB for my birthday. Everything else I need to buy myself except a copy of Windows 7 I got from my friend. My cousin who works at Intel told me "a good motherboard will be about $250 and that leaves you about $200 for a case and memory which should be enough." Except he didn't recommend any motherboards, memory, case and I can't get in touch with him for probably two weeks. So I need some help on choosing power suppy, motherboard, case, hard drive(preferably 500gb at least maybe 1tb) and everything else. I'd do it myself but I'm new into the computer building scene and I don't know much about it. Any tips or suggestions will help out a lot! I have around $450 right now. Don't forget I don't need to pay for graphics card and already paid for processor!

edit- Will my processor and graphics card be able to handle Starcraft 2, Black Ops, and Battlefield Bad Company 2 at least on medium-high settings without any choppy framerates? My monitor is 1920x1080

Thanks! :)
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  1. spartakush said:
    Alright so heres the situation. My cousin works at Intel and my aunt works for Nvidia. I asked them if they can get me discounts on some of their products. My cousin replied to me saying he can get me a new i7 2600k Sandy Bridge for $159 and my aunt said she'll just buy me a Nvidia GTX 260 2GB for my birthday. Everything else I need to buy myself except a copy of Windows 7 I got from my friend. My cousin who works at Intel told me "a good motherboard will be about $250 and that leaves you about $200 for a case and memory which should be enough." Except he didn't recommend any motherboards, memory, case and I can't get in touch with him for probably two weeks. So I need some help on choosing power suppy, motherboard, case, hard drive(preferably 500gb at least maybe 1tb) and everything else. I'd do it myself but I'm new into the computer building scene and I don't know much about it. Any tips or suggestions will help out a lot! I have around $450 right now. Don't forget I don't need to pay for graphics card and already paid for processor!

    edit- Will my processor and graphics card be able to handle Starcraft 2, Black Ops, and Battlefield Bad Company 2 at least on medium-high settings without any choppy framerates? My monitor is 1920x1080

    Thanks! :)

    Also will my current CD drive fit in my new build?
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  3. Thanks for the help guys. Just a quick question, should I get the ASUS P8P67 Pro motherboard? I've been doing some looking around and A LOT of people use that with their i7 2600k's. Anyone know why that is? Thanks.
  4. Also I've heard mixed thoughts on RAM when I was browsing some forums. Some people say 8gb is good and others say 4gb is good enough. Is RAM what makes your computer operate faster?
  5. Is it necessary to buy a cooler/fan?
  6. just make sure that your processor can with stand and supports the 8gb RAM, since u might buy a larger capacity but your fsb can only access 4gb meaning that the other 4gb will go to waste and yes the more RAM the better your system will work
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