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June 11, 2012 9:05:35 PM

So, I decided that this summer I'd try to build a new computer for the first time. I plan on using it for gaming and here are the components that I have chosen:

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Ivybridge Ready Motherboard
CPU: Intel CPU Core i5 3570K Quad Core IvyBridge Processor with Coolermaster Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler
GPU: XFX HD 6870 DD cooling 1Gb AMD VGA Card Eyefinity Ready
RAM: Corsair Memory Vengeance Blue 8GB DDR3 1866 Mhz (2x4GB)
HDD: Seagate 1TB SATA 3 ST1000DM003 Performance Hard Drive

Appart from a case and optical drive, is there anything I'm missing or would need and is there anything I don't need / could do without. Also, can someone recommend a power supply because I have no idea how many Watts I'll need. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

More about : gaming computer built

June 11, 2012 9:18:34 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: next week

Budget Range: 800-1000 euros

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: scan.co.uk

Country: Ireland

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: need a suggestion for power supply


Components chosen:

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Ivybridge Ready Motherboard
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z77-v-intel-z77-s...(x16)-displayport-dvi-d-hdmi-atx
CPU: Intel CPU Core i5 3570K Quad Core IvyBridge Processor with Coolermaster Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-3570k1155-...
GPU: XFX HD 6870 DD cooling 1Gb AMD VGA Card Eyefinity Ready
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-xfx-hd-6870-double-d...
RAM: Corsair Memory Vengeance Blue 8GB DDR3 1866 Mhz (2x4GB)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-vengeance-blue-ddr3-pc3-14900(1866)-non-ecc-unbuffered-9-10-9-27-xmp-150v
HDD: Seagate 1TB SATA 3 ST1000DM003 Performance Hard Drive
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-seagate-st1000dm003-...
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June 11, 2012 9:27:41 PM

Try to get low profile RAM to make sure it fits under that CPU cooler (corsair vengeance has a low profile version).

You should get a better GPU with that setup. Consider the GTX 670 or Radeon 7850.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-gtx-670-overcloc...
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-radeon-hd-7850-t...

Use the Newegg PSU Calculator to help calculate how many watts you need. Generally Corsair, Antec, Seasonic and XFX are good PSU brands. Try to find something 80+ certified.
June 11, 2012 9:32:30 PM

Thanks man, good advice :) 
June 11, 2012 9:33:19 PM

If never going to CF/SLI then a 550W PSU is good (750W if you want to hedge your bets). Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, XFX are good.
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