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Need help with first build, 1100$ range including monitor

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April 11, 2013 11:26:04 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before June
Budget Range: About 1100$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily Gaming, some movies
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon or newegg
Location: CA, United States
Overclocking: Maybe (not initially, maybe after I get more comfortable with it)
SLI or Crossfire: probrably not

Additional Comments: First Build, no prior experience to pc building. Primarily plan to play a heavily modded Skyrim with high settings and good fps. Also want to play Shogun 2 on high settings as well as Rome 2 when it is released, maybe BF3 also.
It seems like a lot of people are claiming that the video card for modded skyrim should be 3-4gb as opposed to the cheaper 2gb ones??
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April 11, 2013 11:31:57 PM

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April 11, 2013 11:46:38 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.49 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.40 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1107.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-12 02:46 EDT-0400)
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April 12, 2013 2:09:49 PM

Looks great, thanks, one more question though. Do you think it is worth it to get a cheap 64gb ssd and maybe pair it with a 1tb hd or just hold off until I can get a better ssd?

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April 12, 2013 3:57:20 PM

64gb is pretty small. If you can wait, it would be much better to wait until you have a bit more money for a 128gb SSD.
The price difference between the 64 and 128 is pretty small considering the 128 is double the size.
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