I am planning to build a new machine for my friend. As most of you, he wants a quite and fast gaming PC. As a friend I am interested to save some money for him, but I am not sure if it would be rational in this case: H77 motherboard with i5-3450 and Vapor-X 7970 3GB. Theoretically, each of the components offers good/great performance. But now I have some doubts, does that i5-3450 match 7970? Since OC is probably out of question (silence ir very important), is there any point to invest ~140$ extra for Z77 and i5-3570K (aftermarket cooler counted in)?
So the main two questions are:
1. Is i5-3450 enough (is a match) for 7970 GHz 3GB?
2. Would Z77 provide any benefits for 7970 except OC?