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So im helping a friend look for a PC that can max Skyrim with a few mods on it. Hes been looking at 1,000$ prebuilts which I told him might be overkill. Can someone link a good PC for around the 600-700$ range that will be able to max Skyrim?
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($31.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.50 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $669.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-11 18:37 EST-0500)

Then if you were to buy the OS that would be another ~$80. GPU can be crossfired in the future, and the CPU can be upgraded.
 

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I OBJECT!!!!! The 4300 is a weak cpu and skyrim is more cpu limited. I recommend spending more money on the cpu and get an i5 3470 or 3570k if you looking to overclock It absolutely dominates the 4300 at games and especially skyrim
 

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The FX 4300 is fine for Skyrim. Sure, it's not as good as the 3570k but that costs $100 more. The FX 4300 performs a bit better than the i3 3220 in Skyrim, plus it has more cores so when more games start supporting them, it will perform better.
 

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Honestly in my opinion skyrim is heavily CPU bound. So i would say drop the CPU and mobo and get an i5 3470 and a cheap h77 board if not planning to overclock at all. if so get the i5 3570k and a z77. if money is an absolute issue drop from the 7870 to a 7850 to be able to get the i5 3470 with the h77 or b75