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Is this a decent build?

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November 23, 2012 5:38:31 AM

Hello,

With the help from the forum here I have managed to create a build for myself. Before I get too far the PC is primarily for flight sims, though other games like
Arma II (DayZ), GTA IV etc will be played. If I cant run those games smoothly on high settings at this price, I will have to abandon the project. The reason I have a bit of an overkill motherboard is because I hope to upgrade to an i5 3570k in a year or so and I want that easy upgrade ability, same thing with the 1600mhz ram. If you can spot any compatibility issue or places I need to boost/reduce please let me know.

Build:

RAM: Skill 8G(2x4G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 RL 9-9-9-24(CL9D-8GBRL)

PSU: Antec VP-550P 550W Strictly PSU

Storage: Seagate SATA3 1TB 7200RPM 64mb Cache

Motherboard: Asrock Z77-EXTREME4 Z77/4 x DDR3/2 x PCI-E3.0/4 x SATA3/6 x USB3.0/HDM

Case: Sharkoon T9 Value ATX Midi Tower Red(9Bay,USB3,USB2)

CPU: Intel BX80637I33220 CORE i3 3220/3.30GHz/3MB CACHE/LGA1155

GPU: This: Gigabyte ATI HD 7770 OC Edition, PCI-E 3.0, 1GB 128-bit GDDR5, DVI,HDMI,2x Min - http://www.umart.com.au/pro/produc [...] &sid=87781

or this: Power Colour AX7770-1GBD5-DH HD7770,1G DDR5 - http://www.umart.com.au/pro/produc [...] &sid=95254


Total with either of those cards: $629


I do not want to spend anymore unless it provides a lot more performance for money. Also, is that PSU enough for upgrades in the future with Xfire or SLI, like the CPU and GPU? Thanks very much!

P.S Please do not recommend an AMD based build. I respect your opinion, but I really do like Intel better. Thanks again!

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November 23, 2012 12:11:25 PM

No compatibility issues.

That is quite a good choice for a PSU. Someone might suggest something like the Antec Neo Eco, or something from Corsair, but if they are a similar price to the VP-550P, then they are not better.

It would be enough to XFire cards like 7770s, but not cards which require two PCIe connectors each. Yes you would be able to upgrade CPU.
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