I'm not a hardcore gamer. No crossfire or dual monitors. Maybe some mild CPU overclocking just for fun down the line....I think if I get into an Ivy Bridge I5 down the line then the H77 board can do some minor overclocking. If not, no big deal.
Most of the items were bought from Newegg. Prices reflect rebates on the Case, PS, and SSD and include shipping.
I wanted a nice, reliable system that could handle a game or two every now and again.
I have about 1/2 TB of files. Mostly FLAC audio.
The H77 motherboard I bought has optical out which I use for audio. Motherboard spdif out > DAC > Integrated Amplifier > Speakers. I'm happy with the system so far. Any thoughts?
2) I would get a 500 W PSU now if you plan on getting a more powerful GPU in the future
3) That CPU is not overclockable. At least its not designed to. Some people still try to but they do it at their own risk. Just so you know.
O.. and I'm not familiar with IPS monitors so maybe someone else can comment on that.
even if you replaced your cpu with a k's model you still couldnt overclock as h series wont allow it you needed a p or a z to overclock as for the ips panel depending on the quality settings u like in your games u may or may not need a new gpu the reason for this is the higher resolution so your gpu will be pushing more pixels for me personally i would need to upgrade on what i have now if i took that step up and my gpu is more powerful than that. but i really like my games. your system is just meh a few silly choices but and for what u want it do it will do every just fine
+1. Anyways, if the PSU calculator shows that your require 400W, you should have a PSU that supports something quite a bit higher like 500-600W. Never want a PSU running at full load all the time - it decreases its life span.