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Requesting advice on parts and power requirements

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January 24, 2013 12:51:33 AM

Hi All,
It's my first post, so please be gentle! :D 
After a lot of research I've decided to ask advice from the forum.
I'm looking to build a decent general purpose / gaming machine to last me several years.
I'm a family man, so cost is an issue, but I don't really have a set budget.
I'm more concerned with longevity, my current rig is an Inspiron 530, (I know, I know...) and about 5 yrs old.

Here are the parts I'm looking at so far...

Intel Core i5-3570(K) (3rd GEN) BX806237i53570K Processor
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX
Corsair Vengeance CML16GX3M2A1600C10B 16GB Desktop Memory Module (2 X 8GB)
MSI HAWK Radeon HD 7870 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
Samsung SH-224BB/BEBE Internal 24X DVD Burner

I have a Western Digital 1 TB SATA Hard drive I'm going to move from my existing computer, and a Seagate 200 GB SATA drive to use also.

I haven't decided on a case yet.
I haven't decided on a power supply yet.

I would like advice on the combination of parts I've listed and any recommendations you could offer on a case and a power supply.
PCPartPicker lists the system at 380 watts, but I thought the GPU I have listed required a 550 watt PSU minimum...

Thanks in advance for any recommendations and/or opinions you can offer.

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 24, 2013 1:28:32 AM

You have an overclocking setup with the k version CPU and the Z77 chipset motherboard. If you want to go this route, you need to get an aftermarket cooler. The Cooler Master 212 EVO is a good choice. That is a good choice for the GPU. You will enjoy the performance benefits of an SSD for OS and main apps.

Not overclocking:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.50 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cougar Volant (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
GPU: MSI R7870 HAWK Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $879.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 22:26 EST-0500)

Overclocking:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($126.47 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.50 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cougar Volant (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
GPU: MSI R7870 HAWK Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $957.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 22:28 EST-0500)
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 24, 2013 1:34:49 AM

No need for the 16GB of ram. With cball's non-pverclock build, you might be able to squeeze a 7950 in there
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 24, 2013 1:44:44 AM

I thought about that camohanna, but this HAWK edition for $249.99 is a steal. 3DMark11 has it trailing the 7950 by less than 1% in FPS. Remember, the HAWK is clocked at 1.1GHz compared to 800-900MHz for the 7950s.
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January 25, 2013 7:36:32 AM

Best answer selected by ShakinJ.
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January 25, 2013 7:37:01 AM

Thanks for opinions folks.
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