Is this PC build good for a 550$ budget?

These are pretty much all the components:

Are there any compatibility or bottlenecking issues? I have searched a lot and this looks like a really nice deal. I am on a very slim budget, 500-550. I just want to know if this is near the best possible build for my price range, and no, I am not willing to switch to an AMD build, as intel builds are usually a bit higher quality, if pricier. This is a 1st attempt at a cheap gaming build, also I would like a high potential for upgradability which is why i like the above Mobo in the link.
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  1. No. First of all, no graphics card is included. If this is not for gaming, that's ok, but overpriced. If it is for games, you'll need at least another $100 for a HD7770, and most people will tell you that $200 is more realistic for a good gaming card.
    Second, the PSU is fecal, AND they lie about it. The pictured Thermaltake has a little voltage switch on it, indicating an obsolete, inefficient design with no Active PFC, yet the text claims the PSU has Active PFC. Likely good for a fraction of its claimed wattage, it will run this system just fine with no graphics card, then choke and possible croak if you add a decent card like a HD7870.
  2. Will you buy a kit from and the video card from I presume that Customs, shipping and taxes are excluded from your $550 budget. Why do you consider that motherboard has a high potential for upgradability?
  3. hmmm, I may be misinformed, but mainly because it is a recent part and it will support future cpu gens. Am I incorrect here? I did research the PSU further after Onus' comment, and reviews are mixed. Im not sure where to go, as I am on a slim budget and this is one of the better deals for my price range.
  4. The motherboard will support socket 1150 processors, but it may not be best if you ever want to use a K processor and overclock it. Select a motherboard for your current requirements because you'll probably buy a new one when upgrading.

    Onus is correct about the PSU. Stay away from any PSU that has a 115-230V switch because their design is old and inefficient. A good PSU with active PFC should not require a voltage selection switch.
  5. There is an exception, maybe two. The Antec VP-450 lacks active PFC, but was found by HardwareSecrets to be otherwise modern and efficient. IIrc, there are some Enermax NAXN units that are also decent, but have voltage switches.
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