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August 22, 2013 6:01:12 PM

Hey guys. I'm wanting to build my first actual gaming PC now that I have a little cash to toss around on it. I'm looking at these specs for a decent saving and future upgrade possibility.

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100352-3L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Power Supply: CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

I think that's all of it. Later down the road I want to possibly add some kind of water cooling, and upgrade to dual Sapphire HD 7950 in Crossfire. That's why I got a decent sized Power Supply, and a decently beefy Motherboard to be able to support it.

Also, i'd like to add a SSD for booting my OS and games, that's why I picked a case with 2.5" hard drive bay slots.

I mainly play Skyrim and World of Warcraft, would this build be able to run said games (Mainly Skyrim because this would obviously butcher WoW) on ultra at 1920x1080p at 60fps?

Thank you guys.

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August 22, 2013 6:03:54 PM

I don’t think there’s any compelling reason to move from an Ivy Bridge or even a Sandy Bridge based system to a Haswell system– there simply isn’t enough performance and feature differential to justify it. On the other hand, if you’re building a new rig from scratch, there’s little point in investing in end-of-life platforms, so going Haswell/Z87 makes sense.

This current generation MoBo / CPU budget combo is $339 ... your last generation is $345

In this combo, ya can prolly get the 500R for same price - $170

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August 22, 2013 6:04:12 PM

You could double your HDD for about $6 more. I recommend you doing this.
Except for that, everything else looks great. You will, without a single doubt, be able to run Skyrim with everything maxed out.
August 22, 2013 6:13:23 PM

Yeah, space isn't a huge issue for me, but if so I'll check that out for sure.