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Do I need a gpu for my build?

So I am trying to get my first build to play skyrim. My CPU i5 3450k has a built in intel hd 4000 gpu which I've heard is capable of running skyrim at low to medium settings. I don't want to go over $700 and my current build with a sapphire 7870 xt puts it up to $790. Do I really need a gpu now since my CPU can run skyrim? That way I can save up and get a 7950 in a few months. As long as I can play skyrim at 30 fps on low to medium that's good for now. Or should I get a weaker gpu just to for better performance until I can get a super good one?


Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $219.99
Motherboard MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 $104.99
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $49.99
Storage
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB $234.99
Power Supply XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V $74.59
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

~$790

Without gpu
~$550 +CPU cooler = $580
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  1. i would reccomend
    Nvidia http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162127
    Amd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121663

    can play on high or better with them but even better with nvidia video caard
  2. Best answer
    I think you could wait it out...my brother plays it on his laptop which only has a second gen i3 and intel HD 3000 and it runs surprisingly well.
  3. Yeah think ill wait it out for now. Thx guys
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