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December 16, 2012 3:14:03 PM

Hello there!
I am having a bit of trouble figuring out a few components needed for a rig I am building.
A quick thing before the list, if anything on here is not compatible or you think I could have something better for the money then please just say! :)  I am on quite a tight budget so this build really can't go over £480-£500.
Here is the list:

CPU - Intel i5 3470 3.2GHz - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B0083U94CO/ref=mp_s_a_1...

Motherboard - Asus P8Z77 -V LX - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B007KZQE7Q/ref=ox_sc_ac...

Graphics Card - Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00776DHXW/ref=ox_sc_ac...

Case - Zalman Z11 Plus - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B007C008L2/ref=redir_md...

Cooler - No clue? Something that keeps the CPU cool, not going to be too large and heavy?

PSU - No clue? 500w (not one that'll go bang soon?)

RAM - Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 4GB - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B0056J1GTO/ref=mp_s_a_1...

HDD and Optical Drives aren't needed as I already have some so don't worry about those two ;) 

So what should I have as a cooler and a PSU? Both of these I would like each to be under £45 each.
I was thinking of a 500w PSU would be enough right?
Another nagging thought would be if my motherboard did not have enough fan headers for my case :p 
Any help would be really appreciated!
Thanks!

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 16, 2012 3:26:11 PM

a 3470 will run just fine on the included cooler. It can't be significantly overclocked (limited to 4 Bins), so there is no need for a different fan. for your PSU, Antec, XFX, Seasonic in the 430W - 550W range is fine. Be sure it's at least 80+ or 80+ Bronze, and you'll be fine.

use the money saved by not getting a fan, and upgrade to a HD 7850 1GB


December 16, 2012 3:55:25 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
a 3470 will run just fine on the included cooler. It can't be significantly overclocked (limited to 4 Bins), so there is no need for a different fan. for your PSU, Antec, XFX, Seasonic in the 430W - 550W range is fine. Be sure it's at least 80+ or 80+ Bronze, and you'll be fine.

use the money saved by not getting a fan, and upgrade to a HD 7850 1GB


Alright, just found an Antec 550w 80+ Bronze - http://www.ebuyer.com/278492-antec-vp-550w-psu-0-761345...

Found a Sapphire 7850 2GB - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B008HV63F0/ref=ox_sc_ac...

This look good to you? Do you know about the whole fan header thing too?
If not, thanks for your help ;) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 16, 2012 4:00:04 PM

looks good. What fan header thing are you referring to?

Only other suggestion I'd made is 8 GB over 4 GB RAM, and if you can afford it, a 128 GB SSD
December 16, 2012 4:54:22 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
looks good. What fan header thing are you referring to?

Only other suggestion I'd made is 8 GB over 4 GB RAM, and if you can afford it, a 128 GB SSD


I mean't that I was wondering if all the fans on my case could connect to my motherboard/PSU because I don't know how to find out :p 
I was thinking about upgrading to 8GB in the future.
I have no money for an SSD right now :D 

Thanks again!
a b B Homebuilt system
December 18, 2012 10:26:14 AM

if there are fans that can't plug into the motherboard, they can usually be powered by the 4-pin molex connectors that used to power hard drives back in the IDE days
December 18, 2012 3:22:25 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
if there are fans that can't plug into the motherboard, they can usually be powered by the 4-pin molex connectors that used to power hard drives back in the IDE days


Alright!
I have to hand it to you ScrewySqrl, you have helped me a lot and I truthfully want to say thank you, without your help I would probably have great trouble when building :p 
Thanks for the help! :) 
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