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First Desktop build - please help!

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October 13, 2012 12:53:36 PM

Trying to build a desktop that can easily run the latest games at medium/high settings. I'd like to be able to run games for the next 3 years, with expectations that I might have to drop to medium/low later on.

I do not plan on overclocking or using SLI unless necessary in the future. Current budget < $750.

Q1: Am I going to bottleneck anywhere? If so, where?
Q2: Any recommendations, specifically with CPU/GPU/Mobo

CPU--: Intel Core i5-3570K
GPU--: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
MoBo-: ASRock H77 Pro4
RAM--: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
HD---: Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB
PSU--: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V
Case-: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower

Total Price is ~$736
Link to full build (awesome site btw): http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k9q3

Thanks in advance for taking the time to look, read, and comment!

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October 13, 2012 12:59:26 PM

Get a better motherboard, drop down to the 2500k for extra funds.
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October 13, 2012 1:04:41 PM

I'd say you did your homework pretty well. IMHO, the PSU is too small but a great brand. I'm a firm believer in oversized PSUs. Think of it as an insurance policy. You'll love an SSD if you can squeeze one in. Use a spinner for bulk storage. You might want to look at ASUS MBs.
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October 13, 2012 2:08:27 PM

Are you overclocking or not?
If you are, drop the H77 and get a Z77 motherboard.
If not, drop the 3570K and get a 3450 or 3470.
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October 13, 2012 2:24:26 PM

Thanks for the feedback so far. Interesting out of 3 people that all of you mentioned the Mobo.

Could you help elaborate on why the mobo isn't good enough? Is a better motherboard needed if I don't overclock?

Essentially, I'm trying to keep this setup pretty cheap and another $60 for a better mobo is tough to swallow.
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October 13, 2012 2:27:08 PM

the motherboard will be your bottleneck its old and outdated you want a well balanced system not just powerful in one area.

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October 13, 2012 2:28:27 PM

The H77 cannot overclock and cannot Crossfire.
The Z77 can do both.

The i5-3570K is an unlocked CPU made for overclocking. If you're not going to OC anyway, you're better off with cheaper CPUs that have locked multipliers.

In this case, they would be the i5-3450 and i5-3470.

Emelth said:
the motherboard will be your bottleneck its old and outdated you want a well balanced system not just powerful in one area.

The H77 isn't old nor outdated....
It's currently the best motherboard you can get if you aren't overclocking and SLI/CF-ing, as far as I know.
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October 13, 2012 2:32:33 PM

crap what am i thinking of then lol
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October 13, 2012 2:37:09 PM

Thanks guys. I guess what I have to determine is if I will overclock in the future.
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October 13, 2012 2:40:29 PM

I also forgot to add that the i5-3750k dropped on amazon, its only $5 more than the i5-3450
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October 13, 2012 2:44:55 PM

If you have access to a Microcenter, they have a bundle deal on CPU+motherboard. It saves you $50.
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