First gaming build, questions inside! Hoping to build next week

My main concern atm is would the i3 would bottleneck the 660? Also if it happens to bottleneck, would I still be able to fit in an i5 but still stay in budget?

I would love to stay under $600 but I could be swung by a bit if it seems necessary. My goal is to run games such as Skyrim or Hitman Absolution on high settings (maybe ultra?) at a decent fps. My monitor resolution is 1280 x 1024.

I'm fairly confident on the other parts but please offer changes or advice since I'm sure I made messed something up :p In case you were wondering, I have a 2 tb HDD lying around the house and my work sells Windows 7 for like 10 bucks a copy


CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($229.61 @ Compuvest)

Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.00 @ NCIX US)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Total: $564.56
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  1. The i3 can't bottleneck anything short of a GTX690.

    I still wonder why everyone is worried about these bottlenecks.

    At that price, go for the Radeon HD7870. Are you going to get a new monitor soon?

    Rest looks good.
  2. Probably not , current one still works.
  3. Then both the 7870 and 660 are both pretty much overkill for you. You could spend less and get the same performance.
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