Budget gaming build i5-2500k

Ok i need some advice on this build, it's my second time building a computer. So i'd just like to get an idea on what's best in my price range.


These are the parts i have:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB 7200RPM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151235 SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811166004 Sunbeam Transformer Full Tower Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 I5-2500k CPU


Now i just need some advice on what kind of motherboard, GPU, PSU and CPU cooler are best within a $450-500 price range before taxes. Also is it better to go with 2 mid range SLI/Crossfire X or just one high-end GPU?
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  1. heres how id do it:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127604
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    i think, for your price range, a single higher end card is better. this setup will allow you to crossfire the cards in the future. if you dont want to do that, you could go with a 500w psu.

    also heres a good cpu+ram combo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.723510
  2. I've got an older 500w PSU from an old custom build from back in like 2005... could i use that? and then just upgrade later on when i want to do crossfire?
  3. if its a good one, i dont see why not. what brand/model is it?
  4. Apex AL-B500E 500w... it's from an old build of my brothers from 2004-2005
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817154015
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