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January 27, 2013 11:51:38 AM

I am a newbie designing a computer for me and my family. For the last couple of weeks I've been choosing parts and watching clips of how to build computers. I've chosen some parts and am hoping someone could verify that they are all compatible and advise me on what power supply to choose. These are the parts I have already chosen:


1) CPU bundle: INTEL Core i5 3570K 3.4Ghz X4 & ASUS P8H61-MX USB3 - Motherboard & CPU Bundle----- £228.99
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/INTEL-Core-i5-3570K-3-4Ghz-X4...

2)RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB Memory 1600MHz RAM DIMM 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM PC3-12800 CL10----------£35.88
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Corsair-Vengeance-8-GB-Memory...

3)Graphics card: Asus NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 810MHz 2GB Graphics Card PCI-Express HDMI---£46.32
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Asus-NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-630-81...

4)HDD: Samsung 1.5 TB Internal 5400 RPM 8.89 cm (3.5") (HD153WI) Hard Drive Sata ----- £59.99
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Samsung-1-5-TB-Internal-5400-...

5)Case: Antec Sonata Proto MIDI Tower Case compatible with ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX---£54.63
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Antec-Sonata-Proto-Tower-compat...

6)Optical drive: LiteOn IHES112 12X Blu-Ray Combo Drive SATA Internal Optical Drive---£51.07
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LiteOn-IHES112-12X-Blu-Ray-Co...

Power Supply: I need help deciding what power supply I would need ????????????

I'd be grateful for any help. :) 

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February 5, 2013 3:29:57 AM

Hello,

I have a few questions first. Is there any specific reason you're going after a 3.5" 5400 RPM HDD over a 5.25" 7200 RPM HDD? If not, then I would suggest a WD Caviar Black HDD over what you have picked out.

I also recommend a SSD, and I would recommend a Crucial m4 64GB for that. If you boot windows off an SSD, it's the best way to boost performance for $80, hands down, and a far more efficient way to boost performance than investing in CPU, GPU, or RAM. IMO, SSD's are the best $80 you can invest in your PC.

Even if you decide not to go with an SSD, I would recommend this deal: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intel-Core-I5-3570K-3-4Ghz-Qu... over what you have picked. The upgraded Z77 MOBO is well worth the little extra money. Additionally, if you do go with an SSD, you will need SATA 6GB/s which Z77 offers. For the little extra money, you're also getting double the RAM capacity, HDMI output, and more USB 3.0's. Another thing to think about is the fact that the i5-3570k has Intel HD 4000 graphics, which would allow you to not buy a GPU right away and save money.

Your components are all compatible.

For a PSU, I like Seasonic and I like modular. I would suggest this one: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003HE260I/?tag=pcpapi-20 .

Take a look at PCPartpicker.com it allows you to select components and keeps things compatible and also estimates minimum power requirements for your PC. Great site.

Regards.
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