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Custom build parts list and which PSU to use?

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June 24, 2013 11:37:09 AM

Ok, after an hour of comparing prices and quality, I've come up with a list of PC parts which I'm hoping will run games such as Planetside 2 and battlefield 3 AT LEAST on medium settings. Here's the list:

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/19Nl0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/19Nl0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/19Nl0/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.79 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler (£14.99 @ Novatech)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£45.54 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£36.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.19 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£184.99 @ Novatech)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.00 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £608.47

As you may have guessed, (or seen in the subject) I'm unsure of which Wattage PSU I should select. Anyone know the answer to this? Also feel free to comment on the parts list and make adjustments to it. My budget is around £600.
June 24, 2013 11:38:24 AM

What is your strict budget?
Do you want to overclock?
Do you want peripherals included in your budget?
What are you wanting to do with the PC, from most to least important?

Just bear in mind that I play PLanetside 2 on max with just a GTX660
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June 24, 2013 12:02:22 PM

You're probably looking at a 550W for a single card. A 7870 GHz edition doesn't really use that much power to begin with, so you're looking at 500W minimum, 550W - 620W to be on the safe side. Be sure to get a quality power supply like XFX, Seasonic, Corsair, etc. A cheap PSU (Apevia, Raidmax, Xion, etc) will not be very useful.

You could definitely reconfigure that. That cooler is no better than the stock fan and pairing a B75 motherboard with a 3570K forfeits access to the multiplier, which defeats the purpose of the 3570K to begin with. You will need Z77.
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June 24, 2013 12:05:54 PM

Jacks0n said:
What is your strict budget?
Do you want to overclock?
Do you want peripherals included in your budget?
What are you wanting to do with the PC, from most to least important?

Just bear in mind that I play PLanetside 2 on max with just a GTX660


The highest I'm willing to go is £700 but I wouldn't really want to go that high because I'm only a 15 year old teenager and it would take a long time to get that kind of money. Yeah, I'll probably Overclock the PC, and I'll mainly use the rig for Gaming, maybe a bit of video editing/ photoshopping on the side :p 
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June 24, 2013 12:07:25 PM

g-unit1111 said:
You're probably looking at a 550W for a single card. A 7870 GHz edition doesn't really use that much power to begin with, so you're looking at 500W minimum, 550W - 620W to be on the safe side. Be sure to get a quality power supply like XFX, Seasonic, Corsair, etc. A cheap PSU (Apevia, Raidmax, Xion, etc) will not be very useful.

You could definitely reconfigure that. That cooler is no better than the stock fan and pairing a B75 motherboard with a 3570K forfeits access to the multiplier, which defeats the purpose of the 3570K to begin with. You will need Z77.


Ok, I'll be sure to use one of those brands. I'll go with a z77 as well then, since I'm Willing to Overclock. D you recommend any cheap, high quality coolers as well?
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