Is this build overkill?


I am building this machine primarily for the use of flight simulators, though also to play other games like AC3, Dishonored etc. I fell as though stepping down to a 3470 might be the better option, considering then I could get a H77 board and use the stock fan. The only reason I havent done that is because flight simulators seem to be very cpu dependent, not gpu dependent. Anyhow, I live in Australia, so everything is so much more expensive, I saw a US build identical to this for $650. Everything is priced from sunshine coast branch.

RAM: G Skill 8G(2x4G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 RL 9-9-9-24(CL9D-8GBRL) $45.00
Case: Sharkoon T9 Value ATX Midi Tower Red(9Bay,USB3,USB2) $69.00
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w Transparent 12cm $36.00
PSU: Antec VP-550P 550W Strictly PSU $69.00
HDD: Seagate SATA3 1TB 7200RPM 64mb Cache $74.00
GPU: Sapphire HD7850 OC 2G 256Bit GDDR5 PCIE3.0 DVI HDMI 2*MiniDSP $220.00
Motherboard: Asrock Z77-EXTREME4 Z77/4 x DDR3/2 x PCI-E3.0/4 x SATA3/6 x USB3.0/HDMI $134.00
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K LGA1155 CPU 3.4Ghz 6Mb Cache Ivy Bridge $229.00


With a 3470, I save $40 from the CPU, $35 from the cooler and $55 on the motherboard if I change it to the H77. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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  1. If you are overclocking then this build is pretty good.
  2. Anyone else? I'm really lost on what to do.
  3. Seems fine to me
  4. Looks perfectly fine to me.
  5. Looks nice, i'm running FSX flat out with an i7 3770k and a 670 which is hitting over 140FPs with over 150 mods running at once.
  6. FSX does respond nicely to overclocking so I think you've got the right setup - I personally would stick with the Z77 board.
    This article may provide some more insight
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