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I am building a new gaming desktop (first time) and will be purchasing parts during XMas or the day after. I live in the US and my budget is roughly $1200. Here are the parts I will be getting:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ozDt

I plan on overclocking CPU to 4.0gHz for now and will be looking to up it in the future. Quick question, the 4770k already comes with thermal paste, and I won't be installing the stock cooler, instead will be using the 212 evo right off the bat, so do I have to remove any thermal paste in order to put on the one for the evo?

I definitely need to decide on the PSU. Not sure how much wattage I will need, so please list some suggestions.

I havn't decided on RAM yet, but I will be getting 8gb of RAM unless I can miraculously find 16gb for < $100 preferably at 1600mHz. I will also be getting an SSD (~120gb) and HDD (1Tb) but these brands will probably be chosen based on pricing, suggestions are welcomed as well.
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  1. the cpu has no paste on it,the paste on the cpu cooler that in another part of the cpu box.
    with one cpu and a gpu a good 650w ps will be fine. if you want add some ectra fans and leds to the case you could bump it to 750w to be safe if you add extra drives. if your going to sli or crossfire then use an 850w unit.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f32133c10d8gab
  2. smorizio said:
    the cpu has no paste on it,the paste on the cpu cooler that in another part of the cpu box.
    with one cpu and a gpu a good 650w ps will be fine. if you want add some ectra fans and leds to the case you could bump it to 750w to be safe if you add extra drives. if your going to sli or crossfire then use an 850w unit.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f32133c10d8gab


    Ah of course, that makes sense that the thermal paste would be on the cooler lol...I think I will go for 750w for my psu.
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    The Intel Stock cooler comes with paste pre-applied, it's not attached to the processor itself. If you want to install the Evo straight away there is nothing to remove.

    For PSU, it depends on what you intend to do in the future. Assuming you just want a single GTX770 and a modest overclock then a 550W PSU is plenty. If you planned on expanding to a second graphics card in the near future then a 750W+ PSU wouldn't be a bad investment.
    Now, which PSU is for you is really dependant on how much you want to spend, and if you want things like modular cables. Your build isn't cheap so there is no reason to totally skimp here, but equally you don't need an 80Plus Gold/Platinum unit just for the sake of it.
    If you just want a quality, no-nonsense unit, then the XFX Core 550 and 650 are both listed at $60 on PCpartpicker, and the semi modular version of the 650W is $83. All three are good options (obviously prices will jump around a little).
    Other alternatives for basic units -
    Antec HCG-620M, Antec TP-650C, Rosewill Capstone 550/550M/650/650M, SeaSonic S12II 620/M12II 620

    You can go faster than 1600Mhz if the price is right, you'll periodically see good deals and the Extreme 4 should have great compatibility, especially if you stick to 1.5V. If it's costing you a lot to step up the speeds, then 1600Mhz is fine, as is 8Gb, no single game will use all of that.

    For 120Gb SSD, I'd head straight for the Samsung 840 EVO. It's not the cheapest, or the fastest but it is very reasonably priced and a good balance for the money.
    For a 1TB HDD, you want to be looking at the WD Caviar Blue and Seagate Barracuda 1TB with 64Mb cache. The 1Tb Caviar Black is an outside choice if you want the 5year warranty, which is pretty unparalleled, but it's quite a lot more expensive and no faster. For most people the Blue or Barracuda is a safe bet, go with whichever is cheapest really.
  4. Rammy said:
    The Intel Stock cooler comes with paste pre-applied, it's not attached to the processor itself. If you want to install the Evo straight away there is nothing to remove.

    For PSU, it depends on what you intend to do in the future. Assuming you just want a single GTX770 and a modest overclock then a 550W PSU is plenty. If you planned on expanding to a second graphics card in the near future then a 750W+ PSU wouldn't be a bad investment.
    Now, which PSU is for you is really dependant on how much you want to spend, and if you want things like modular cables. Your build isn't cheap so there is no reason to totally skimp here, but equally you don't need an 80Plus Gold/Platinum unit just for the sake of it.
    If you just want a quality, no-nonsense unit, then the XFX Core 550 and 650 are both listed at $60 on PCpartpicker, and the semi modular version of the 650W is $83. All three are good options (obviously prices will jump around a little).
    Other alternatives for basic units -
    Antec HCG-620M, Antec TP-650C, Rosewill Capstone 550/550M/650/650M, SeaSonic S12II 620/M12II 620

    You can go faster than 1600Mhz if the price is right, you'll periodically see good deals and the Extreme 4 should have great compatibility, especially if you stick to 1.5V. If it's costing you a lot to step up the speeds, then 1600Mhz is fine, as is 8Gb, no single game will use all of that.

    For 120Gb SSD, I'd head straight for the Samsung 840 EVO. It's not the cheapest, or the fastest but it is very reasonably priced and a good balance for the money.
    For a 1TB HDD, you want to be looking at the WD Caviar Blue and Seagate Barracuda 1TB with 64Mb cache. The 1Tb Caviar Black is an outside choice if you want the 5year warranty, which is pretty unparalleled, but it's quite a lot more expensive and no faster. For most people the Blue or Barracuda is a safe bet, go with whichever is cheapest really.


    Sweet thanks for the info. I see quite a few 80 plus bronze 750w PSUs on newegg that are modular by Raidmax and thermaltake, are those recommended? At the moment they are going for around 70-80 depending on the deal.

    Here is a 735w one. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152047
  5. smorizio said:
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/02/23/raidmax_rx1000ae_1000w_power_supply_review/9#.UrkWXYWFeSo
    try staying with a cosair or seasonic or a rebranded seasonic unit.


    Ok, that should help narrow my selection.
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