Building a gaming pc for around 700 to 900

ok im kinda a noob at this so ill just put it out there. im thinking of getting the i5 quad core cpu but i dont know which would be the best motherboard for the price and my needs i want to be able to play call of duty mw2 and black ops i also want it to be able to support this graphics card EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti. and i also need help on what type of ram, case, power supply etc
thanks so much
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  1. If you could put your request in this format:

    it would make it a lot easier for us to recommend something good. Make sure to specify which parts you have already purchased, if any.
  2. CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k $220[$180 in Microcenter]

    CPU Cooler: Stock

    Mobo: MSI P67A-G45 (B3) $120 [$100 after MIR]

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 2x2GB F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL $35

    GPU:PNY VCGGTX560TXPB GeForce GTX 560 Ti $225 [$195 after MIR]

    Case: Rosewill Challenger $50

    Power: Antec High Current Gamer HCG-750 $95 [$70 after MIR]

    Optical: Lite-On iHAS124-04 $20

    $765 before MIR -> $700 after MIR

    You have enough in your budget to buy another 560 ti if you wish to. The 560 ti by itself should run Black Ops and MW2 just fine. It should also handle other games you throw at it. The power supply is 750W in case you run SLI [2x 560 ti in this case]
  3. Approximate Purchase Date: soon

    Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) 800 to 900

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, -- to show us selection & pricing)

    Country of Origin: united states

    Parts Preferences: intel/gigabyte/ evga

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes

    Additional Comments: would like to have a good gaming pc that can play all the modern games.
  4. I like what wintermint laid out there. As an alternative to his suggestion that you could grab another 560Ti I would suggest that you go with a 570 up front and add another one down the road for an even bigger performance boost. Although, there's no question that the 560Ti is a better value, so just something to think about.

    Edit: And two 570s in SLI can be powered by that PSU, no problem.
  5. I Assume you already have that videocard? Will, your on the good hand,
    Get the same exact set-up but since you got a lower Power Consumption videocard, get i5 2400(Or 2500k) and 8GB RAM
    CPU: OR (You can get the 2600k but HTT not needed if gaming and just performs a little bit better than 2500k)
    Optical Drive: blu-ray if you want but not need when you just play games, regular Optical drive are fine)
    Either get this or waste more money on higher end... Power Consumption shouldn't be passing 300...
  6. do i also need any additional cooling parts or is the one on the cpu sufficient
  7. If you're planning to overclock (only applicable for the 2500k and 2600k) then yes. If you're not planning to OC, then you should head toward the 2400 and the stock fan will do you fine.
  8. Hold on. You can push i5-2500k to 4.0 on stock heatsink easily no probs. If you plan to go over then go for the Hyper 212+ for $30 the Mugen 2 has better performance but it's like $45.
  9. cuecuemore said:
    If you're planning to overclock (only applicable for the 2500k and 2600k) then yes. If you're not planning to OC, then you should head toward the 2400 and the stock fan will do you fine.

    That's not true on the 2400, You can OC with the 2400 to "Only" 4GHz, nothing pass that...
  10. While the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K and Intel Core i7-2600K do come with HSF (heatsink/fan) that will work fine at stock speeds, if you are going to overclock we do advise that you pick up a good 3rd party HSF. Otherwise Wintermint or legendkiller’s builds is look good.

    While it is possible to get a small overclock out of our other processors the general rule is you can only go up 4 bins high in speed and it won't be as good as what you can get from the unlocked multipliers on the Intel Core i5-2500K and Intel Core i7-2600K.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  11. so what type of hsf's would i need if i want to overclock
  12. Most people would say this one:

    And most people would be right.
    This is a build I made for me, it should be fine for you...
    Change out the motherboard and CPU to the 2500k or 2600k since you want to overclock.
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