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How future-proof is this system? (no OC or SLI plans)

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October 20, 2012 9:31:57 PM

CPU: I5 2320

MOBO: ECS H77H2-M3 M-ATX (mostly for Sata 3 and USB 3)

Memory: Corsair's Value Ram (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333mhz Memory (Should I go instead with a kit of Dominators (2x2 gb) @ 1600mhz?)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB/7200RPM

Video Card: PNY GTX 660 Performance Edition.

Case: Cooler Master Elite 371 (Do you think I'll be ok with just one exhaust fan? I was thinking of getting a Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E for the front to work as intake)

Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer HCG-520M 80 PLUS BRONZE.



Other than Bioshock Infinite, Borderlands 2 (comes free with the card) and any other Batman game that comes out in the future, I will be mostly doing light gaming (MOBAS, indie games, Valve stuff, etc.). My resolution is 1440x900 so I expect that the GTX 660 will be able to max games unlike my gtx 550 ti.
October 20, 2012 9:41:31 PM

Nothing is future proof.
That is a nicely balanced reasonable system.

You will have options.
If you need a cpu upgrade, you can replace the duo with a quad.
If you replace the GTX660, you have today, a GTX680 as an option. Possibly more with a GTX7xx.

If you own the case, keep it and see how you do.
Your parts do not generate lots of heat and you can always add a fan later. I suspect you will not need to.

If you want the best M-ATX case out there, I can personally recommend the Silverstone TJ-08E.
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October 20, 2012 9:56:28 PM

change the ram from 1333 to 1600mhz. they pretty much cost the same and 1333 does bottleneck some games/programs. there is a significant benefit to 1600 over 1333 but much less so if you go any higher.
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October 20, 2012 9:58:37 PM

2778001,2,120121 said:


If you need a cpu upgrade, you can replace the duo with a quad.

The I5 2320 is already a quad.

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October 20, 2012 10:13:25 PM

I'm thinking of going with a cheap sb dual core for now, then I can get an Ivy Bridge Quad in the near future to make use of PCIE 3.0. Is PCIE 3.0 going to be useful if I don't plan to do SLI/Crossfire?
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October 20, 2012 10:23:03 PM

no, pci-e 3.0 isnt useful yet. very little to no benefit using it
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