PC Build for friend - would like opinions

#1 Edited by opp (39 posts) -

EDIT: Changed the GPU

So I'm helping a friend build his first PC. This is the list of components I've put together, but I'd like som feedback since I'm also very new to this (only built 1 PC before). The PC will be used for gaming, and no overclocking will be done

CPUIntel Core i5-3570
MotherboardGigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI, Socket 1155
RAM8 GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz CL9
SSDSamsung SSD 840 Series 120 GB 2.5" OEM
HDDSeagate Barracuda 1TB
CPU CoolerCooler Master Seidon 120M CPU Cooler
PSUCorsair TX 650W PSU
CaseBitFenix Prodigy - Black
OSWindows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OEM

I already have cooling paste, in case the CPU Cooler doesn't come with it preaplied. Also I have been told that in the Prodigy case it is better to have a non-modular PSU, which is what I've gone for. What I'd like to know is whether there will be som veird bottlenecks in this system, or if some of the components will not work together (Here I'm thinking the CPU and GPU - is i5 non-K enough?). Also I'm a bit worried if the graphics card will heat the case up too much.

Thank you for your time :)

#2 Posted by squiDc00kiE (368 posts) -

I noticed you didn't mention how much ram you will be installing. I wouldn't go any higher than 8gb with your current build. Even that much is a little overkill for your rig. Having said that, my friend has almost the exact same build performance wise and is in love with it. (The obligatory BF3 frame check) easily runs BF3 in 1080 ultra at 50-60fps. Might have some trouble keeping up with next-gen systems but thats the glory of PC's, you can always worry about that later.

You shouldn't have any bottlenecking problems with your chosen CPU/GPU.

#3 Posted by Neurotic_X (17 posts) -

If you plan do any overclocking at all, or in the future, get i5-3570 K. Furthermore, I really like the build you came up with. It's balanced, yet a powerful build without throwing your money away on nonsense like 16GB of RAM, or a GTX 680.

I'd like to recommend a GTX 670 Signature 2. Idle and load temps are best in the 670 lineup. And it's a very fast video card. It's the best GTX 670 on the market. Techpowerup.com has an excellent review on it. Also, I have one myself and it's the best GPU purchase I've made.

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