Under $600 PC build to run Skyrim

NickHouston

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Hello,
I am getting my first ever gaming desktop from my mother as a gift for my Eagle Scout/18th birthday. I want to be able to run Skyrim on high settings smoothly. I found a decent low-end computer and don't know if it will run Skyrim or not.

Here is the PC:
http://www.productshippingcenter.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1963096&CatId=114

I've heard both good and bad things about this PC. If it wont run Skyrim smoothly I'd like to get one that will for $600 maximum.

Thanks,
Nick
 

venjhammet

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With that spec you'll have stutter problem if you force it on high setting. Most probably it will be on the low to medium default setup. GT520 isn't a gaming card. Try grabbing a quadcore like A6 3650 AMD with a GST450 or Corei3 2120.
 

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I run Skyrim at 1280X1024 with no AA (doesn't need it) and 4X AF with all the render distances maxed at 40+ FPS with my AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE and my Radeon HD 6670 DDR3. The processor is around £75-80, and the GPU is £55-60, so that's around $200 for those two parts, and they are the two I recommend.
 

NickHouston

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Oh god it's terrible. It's overpriced, you could get a computer that's 4 times better for that price. And you still didn't answer my question, so before you do that I can't do my further recommendations.

Also, trusting Best Buy employees equals throwing your money into the trash bin.
 
I'm sorry. I've searched around 10 websites, and I didn't find anything worth attention at all. I didn't think prebuilt market was so bad... Is there any chance you know who could build the PC for you? For $600 you will not buy a prebuilt desktop for games :(
 

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NickHouston

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Okay I have just decided after watching some tutorials that I'll build my own PC for gaming.

Here are the parts I picked out. It will cost just under $600.
Tell me what you guys think. Feel free to suggest different parts

AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card OR SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (100315L )

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply

COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
 

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I would HIGHLY suggest going with an Intel setup rather than AMD. I'm not an Intel fanboy, but it's hard to recommend AMD at ANY price level right now, Intel has them beat so bad it's kind of a joke. To get that FX-4100 t perform good you would need to overclock it over 4GHz. What I would suggest is Sandy Bridge i3.

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130654&Tpk=MSI%20B75MA-E33

Comes out to around the same price as the AMD setup, but performs better.

550ti is a bad card when i comes to the performance you get for the price. 6850 is a good card, but with a 7770 being slightly cheaper for the same performance, it's a better option. It also uses less power.

7770 GHz Edition:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687

Cooler Master power supplies aren't the greatest. It will probably work, but if you are investing this much into a system, I would spend a little more on a more reliable unit, one that doesn't have a pretty decent chance of going out and taking half your system with it. Antec is a reliable brand, and this 500W from them is 80+ BRONZE CERTIFIED(important) and has good volatges on the 12v rail(s). It's only $50 after the promo code and rebate. I didn't look all that long for deals on power supplies, so there may be a better deal out there that someone mentions, but this one is good.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

Everything else looks good.

 
I agree with trogdor796. Intel is much better than AMD and cooler master power supplies suck.

I'd also pick up a better card - I've picked GTX 560. Lastly, you forgot windows. Here's my suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.49 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.67 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.46 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.91 @ Amazon)
Total: $591.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-27 05:32 EDT-0400)
 

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SKyrim is single threaded, so an I 3 or Phenom II X2 would work fine. Graphically its not that demanding due to old engine that has been tweeked but still is eh. Get a GTX560ti or something similar.
 


No way, it sucks. FX 4100 is a terrible gaming CPU, and since i3-2120 costs the same, it's much better to buy that. Plus, you're missing OS in that bundle. The build I linked is full (includes OS) and is much more powerful for gaming. And it's actually cheaper.