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First gaming build, looking for critique/mobo advice

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February 3, 2013 6:25:56 AM

Current build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bckk

I would really like to have a build last ~4-5 years without having to swap out parts; not really looking to run games at max settings ever, am ok with med settings as long as I get good frames per second. I think the mobo is probably more than I need and would like to cut some cost there, but I'm having a hard time researching it.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 700-800, preferably before rebates, but I'll deal. For current prices, please use the Newegg tab in the above link.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming, work computer (nothing intensive)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Would prefer as much as possible to be on 1 website, so probably Newegg.

Location: Connecticut

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Unsure; would prob be willing to adjust this to improve frame rate.

Additional Comments: Would like to keep the i5, other things can be switched around. Looking for comments on Radeon 7870 vs Gtx 660
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February 3, 2013 6:58:48 AM

yes, good build, but for 3470 z77 mobo is too much, you need H77 mobo.
For gpu maybe 7870 LE, as it is almost identical to 7950
February 3, 2013 2:40:08 PM

What exactly is the difference between the chipsets B75, H77, and Z77?
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