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The items I have already purchase are italicized. I’m having difficulty selecting a case and a PSU (wattage & brand). I’m hoping you could help me out with this. This is my 1st PC build.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 02G-P4-2678-KR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186


CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

SSD Hard Drive: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-148-442

Optical Drive: ?

Case: ?

Power Supply: ?

Questions:

1. Can you recommend a power supply brand and wattage? I don't understand how people figure this out. I see people with 750 and 650 watts in the same PC.

2. Is the 3rd party CPU cooler necessary? I notice that a lot of people have it.

3. Are there any internal parts that I may be missing (I have considered 3rd party 120 mm fans but that would be dependent on which case I get).

4. Because of the hardware that I have, do I have to have a full tower PC case?
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    -wasted money on a useless gimmick on the motherboard. a z77-v pro provides the same overclocking and feature set while being cheaper
    -the ftw sucks compared to any other aftermarket gtx670. and even then, a 7970 performs better
    -i found seagates to be more reliable but ok
    - the ocz vertex 4 is just as reliable and faster than the m4
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/387745/Vertex_4_VTX4-25SAT3-128G_128GB_SATA_60GB-s_Internal_Solid_State_Drive_(SSD)_with_Indilinx_Everest_2_Controller

    -the CPU cooler is necessary for overclocking. the stock fan is just weak

    id suggest this for the psu. modular and made by superflower which is one of the best manufacturers
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    case. id suggest this. very silent while having good airflow
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HD3CTI/?tag=pcpapi-20

    optical drive. just grab the cheapest 24x possible like this
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00632SB2I/?tag=pcpapi-20
  2. 1) Are internal memory card readers obsolete?

    2) Do I need a sound card?
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