Need help cutting down on new build

Hey guys, i've been looking around to build myself a new system, i'm a software developer so use my computer extensively for all kinds of things (Not so great at the hardware side of things though :)) so i need a fairly powerful computer, however i'm hoping all you guys with your expert knowledge can trim the fat on this build a bit to shave off some money on un-needed things. (For instance I realise the PSU is robably WAAAAY too high)

Intel CPU Core i7 2700K Quad Core Processor Retail
# £261.80 #

Corsair CMPSU-1200AXUK Professional Series Gold AX1200 1200W Modular Power Supply (PSU)
# £220.94 #

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Intel Z68 Socket 1155 Motherboard
# £155 #

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Black Mid Tower Case with Side Window w/o PSU
# £135 #

Total - £772

I'm planning on using a small 64GB SSD for the OS and critical apps, and a 3TB green drive for data storage (Have these already)

Also any recommendations on a GPU would be good :) Doesn't need to be too powerful, however i do tinker with direct X and openGL from time to time, so it needs to be able to process games at a playable level (but graphic quality etc is really not that important - just speed!)

Any help would be fantastic :) And I really am open to any and all suggestions - even if it means a rethink of the entire system
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  1. Sorry for the double post but it won't let me edit my original.

    Just noticed i forgot to paste in the standard thread info.

    Approximate Purchase Date: not urgent

    Budget Range: £500 - £800

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: lots of processor heavy stuff, movies, gaming

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor (will be using hdmi)

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, amazon

    Country of Origin: England

    Parts Preferences: no pref.
    Overclocking: Like to leave it open for future

    SLI or Crossfire: no

    Monitor Resolution: at least 1600x1200
  2. I think you can cut out the i7-2700k and get a 2600k. The 2700k was just released and is still overpriced. Also, 1200w seems like WAY too much. I'm not a computer super genius, but I do know quite a bit. Finally, you have a lot of top of the line thing you're buying. I'm wondering if you really need them. What RAM do you have?
  3. This psu is much less while still being modular and enough power for your needs.

    How much are you going to spend on the graphics card?
  4. flyboy86: thanks a lot, power is something i've never really been sure about, just went with a PSU recommended in a different post for the i7.

    I was thinking about £120 for the graphics card

    TheRandomWookie: I actually read that in numerous places however here in the UK the price difference seems about £20
    2600k is £230 - £240

    So it seems for only £20 i may as well choose the newer option? or is it really that minuscule a difference between them that choosing the 2700k is always a bad choice

    Corsair Memory Vengeance Jet Black LP 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop
    # £45 #
  5. The case is expensive and really not that good . You could pay half as much and get the same or better quality

    The 2700K for software development ? Are you writing Adobe CS6?
    An i5 2400 is a VERY powerful processor . Unlikely you will ever need more .

    A GTX 560 lets you play games even at 1080p level . So does a Radeon 6870 .

    Power supply needs to be around 500 watts
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