GTX 680 and i5 3570K requirements? (PSU and motherboard reqs)

Hello guys, and merry christmas!

I've bought my christmas presents and I'm extremely keen to try them out but I don't know much about computers at all. What I need you to do is ruin my christmas by telling me that I need a new motherboard or PSU, or save it if you answer in time!

This is the current motherboard I've got: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A78LM_LX/
This is the lovely GTX 680 I've bought: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-680
And this is the awesome CPU I've bought: http://ark.intel.com/products/65520

My PSU is pretty bad as far as I know, it's available for 500 watts and I guess I need a motherboard that can handle my graphics card and a PSU which can handle all my other components. Everything is running fine with an overclocked HD 6870 and overclocked AMD FX-4100 atm, but I don't know if I'm close to the climax of the PSU and if I need a new PSU too.

Help me out, please? :D
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  1. here is a good motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    for the power supply you need around 500w. your current power supply should work but i would get something that is at least 80+ certified. here is a good and cheap power supply to go with it
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152040
  2. Anonymous said:
    here is a good motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    for the power supply you need around 500w. your current power supply should work but i would get something that is at least 80+ certified. here is a good and cheap power supply to go with it
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152040


    Thanks a bunch! Will look into it.
  3. mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544#top

    mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837#top
  4. Here is Guru3D's power supply recommendation:

    GeForce GTX 680 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 550 Watt power supply unit.
    GeForce GTX 680 SLI - On your average system the cards require you to have a 750 Watt power supply unit as minimum.

    If you are going to overclock GPU or processor, then we do recommend you purchase something with some more stamina. Source: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_680_review,9.html I recommend you get this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=#top
  5. most over compensate for power hungry amd processors and an over abundance of everything. 500w would do just fine with OCing. i wouldnt get either of those motherboards, rather not pick a fight as too why but the asrock mobo is a better value. i have to admit that asus has pretty fast usb 3.0 controllers, low end gigabyte boards are just that, low end and skimp on everything from audio to usb 3.0 controllers and are sub-par in this price range, after $150 gigabyte is much more competitive but for low end asus and asrock are the best bet. asrock is typically a better value for all mobos under $150

    why do all of your newegg links refuse to scroll? they just go straight to the bottom of the page and wont scroll up
  6. Anonymous said:
    most over compensate for power hungry amd processors and an over abundance of everything. 500w would do just fine with OCing. i wouldnt get either of those motherboards, rather not pick a fight as too why but the asrock mobo is a better value. i have to admit that asus has pretty fast usb 3.0 controllers, low end gigabyte boards are just that, low end and skimp on everything from audio to usb 3.0 controllers and are sub-par in this price range, after $150 gigabyte is much more competitive but for low end asus and asrock are the best bet. asrock is typically a better value for all mobos under $150

    why do all of your newegg links refuse to scroll? they just go straight to the bottom of the page and wont scroll up
    I have no idea why they refuse to scroll
  7. do they not scroll for you too?
  8. Anonymous said:
    do they not scroll for you too?
    no they don't i don't know why though
  9. Anonymous said:
    most over compensate for power hungry amd processors and an over abundance of everything. 500w would do just fine with OCing. i wouldnt get either of those motherboards, rather not pick a fight as too why but the asrock mobo is a better value. i have to admit that asus has pretty fast usb 3.0 controllers, low end gigabyte boards are just that, low end and skimp on everything from audio to usb 3.0 controllers and are sub-par in this price range, after $150 gigabyte is much more competitive but for low end asus and asrock are the best bet. asrock is typically a better value for all mobos under $150

    why do all of your newegg links refuse to scroll? they just go straight to the bottom of the page and wont scroll up


    Take a look at my motherboard and you will see it's AM3+, isn't it impossible to have a 1155 socket CPU then?
  10. its impossible. you need a socket 1155 mobo
  11. Okay, that's what I thought.
  12. did we save christmas? haha
  13. Anonymous said:
    did we save christmas? haha


    You most definitely did! Thank you :)
  14. yay! your welcome
  15. Anonymous said:
    yay! your welcome


    Since I've bought really expensive components I don't have much of my budget left, this motherboard would do it, right?

    http://www.netonnet.se/art/dator/komponenter/moderkort/intel-socket-1155/gigabyte-ga-b75m-d3h/179474.7081/#tabs
  16. zinne said:
    Since I've bought really expensive components I don't have much of my budget left, this motherboard would do it, right?

    http://www.netonnet.se/art/dator/komponenter/moderkort/intel-socket-1155/gigabyte-ga-b75m-d3h/179474.7081/#tabs

    itll work, but that motherboard is not capable of over clocking, get a z77 board if you want to over clock. look into asrock boards, they are generally the best value for the price. that motherboard will work though, id recommend getting something just a tad bit better though
  17. Anonymous said:
    itll work, but that motherboard is not capable of over clocking, get a z77 board if you want to over clock. look into asrock boards, they are generally the best value for the price. that motherboard will work though, id recommend getting something just a tad bit better though


    How do I know if it's capable of OCing? Thank you for answering.
  18. z75 and z77 boards are capable of overclocking, any h, p, or b motherboards wont over clock. look for z75 or z77
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