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Will my computer be compatible and what power supply shall I have

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April 24, 2012 6:10:51 PM

I'm new to build a computer and not sure if my components will be compatible or what power supply I should use.

AMD Bulldozer FX-4100 Socket AM3+ 4 Core Processor - 3.60GHz, 3.80GHz Turbo

Sony AD-7261S-0B 24x Internal DVDRWRAM SATA Black Lightscribe

Western Digital 2TB SATA 6Gbps Power Saving Internal Hard Drive OEM

Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Motherboard (Socket AM3+, Up to 16GB DDR3, USB 3.0, uATX)

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit
April 24, 2012 7:34:29 PM

What is your budget, your usage and time frame for buying? With your current components, assuming you dont have a video card you would need a 300-350 watt power supply. But that doesnt mean much without more info on your needs etc.
April 24, 2012 8:36:04 PM

My budget would be about £450
My usage would be about 5hours every day
I do not know what a time frame is
I would just want it to play games like minecraft and world of warcraft
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April 24, 2012 8:44:39 PM

Your choices seem compatible, but...

Will you do a lot of multitasking, or run VMs? The 4 core AMD processor you have is better for such tasks, while a 2 core i3 2120 will be better for games. It will also consume less power.

You can double check your power requirements using this link:

But I feel that a 350 watt power supply should be more than enough. Make sure you get a 80plus certified one.

April 25, 2012 6:11:59 AM

Ok thanks for your help
April 25, 2012 6:13:42 AM

You should use benchmarks to check for power supply recommendations, not PSU Calcs.