My first build might need some help Please take a peek!!

This is my first here so sorry for any improper formatting and a little lengthy write up.
I am building my first PC and would love some input and guide for best PC I can build with your help!

Approximate Purchase Date:around black Friday
Budget Range: around ~$1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important:gaming, web browsing
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: Yes Windows 8 (if its not a complete failure)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Location: Ohio
Parts Preferences: I would like to stick with Intel, and nvidia brand
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No? I just want to stick with single GPU
Your Monitor Resolution: currently have 720 P and looking to get a nice 1080 P Asus

Additional Comments:I would really like a energy efficient and quiet PC, and went with the silent case I just hope it will be good enough to keep the temp down. I would like to play upcoming games like SimCity and Company of Heroes 2 on high and decent frame rate. I don't need something an overkill and would like a quality build and something that can be upgraded well in the future so don't mind paying extra for better quality parts. I don't want SSD or Dvd drive which brings me to another question Do I need DVD drive to install motherboard BIOS?
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Ancient PC struggling to run Bastion

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($317.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($124.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $998.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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  1. You often need a DVD drive to install Windows, though you can also get an image that can be put on a USB drive and do it from there.

    Get a 7950. More powerful, similar price.

    I'd get an ASRock Z77 Extreme4. It comes with 8GB free RAM @ Newegg. On the other hand; if you aren't OCing or doing SLI/CF you can get pretty much any B75/H77 board out there and see no difference. Get an i5-3450 or similar.

    Get low profile ram too.
  2. you might want this motherboard instead
    The msi motherboard itself is better than the one somone somewhere suggested, but you might want to consider the asrock one because of the ram. The msi one is better at sli but I doubt you are doing sli. Also get a 7950.
  3. ^ That board is advertised incorrectly, when two cards are in the 16x slots it reduces to 8x bandwidth. It will Crossfire/SLI no better than the Extreme4.,3254-26.html
  4. Then get the asrock one. Those two are the two best boards for the money out there I think. Asus is super overpriced. You are getting the same thing for over $100 more sometimes.
  5. ASRock is more reliable with their motherboards too.
    B75's are great for SLI/Crossfire, if you plan on doing any in the future.
  6. I don't think you can do x8/x8 SLI/CF on a B75.
  7. Did a quick look at a bunch of B75 boards, all of them only support a single Gen-3 16x slot with another Gen-2 x4 slot.
    You could Crossfire/SLI, but you would have to use somewhat weak cards to not be bottle-necked.
  8. nVidia doesn't allow SLI over lanes on different PCIe controllers ie chipset/CPU. A PCIe2.0x4 would be too small for most cards too.
  9. so 550V is enough for this system ?
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