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August 25, 2013 7:45:37 PM

2 questions. (I'm new to this) 1. Can a $900 custom built desktop record skyrim on high settings? And 2. Either way, what would be the best build for $900. Thanks! ~ Mrbrilla
August 25, 2013 7:53:31 PM

Cut back on the CPU just a TAD in order to squeeze in a high performing GPU. This build should run many games on very high settings at 1080p while getting AT LEAST 45 FPS. If you have ANY questions just ask.

Also, all the parts are from Amazon or Newegg.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($313.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $837.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-25 22:53 EDT-0400)
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August 25, 2013 8:01:39 PM

Would you have any idea on how many fps I would have on skyrim while on high graphics, and recording with fraps?
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August 25, 2013 8:08:53 PM

You didn't list what you needed for a build, so I skipped the optical drive, OS, monitor and keyboard/mouse.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($58.65 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($345.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $819.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-25 23:05 EDT-0400)

For gaming I'd still stick with Intel with that budget. You can still afford a good video card(3 free games). The 7970ghz edition will beat the 670 in benchmarks, period. Enough horsepower from the Cpu to keep up with games for the foreseeable future too even though it's not a "k" designated processor. 1866mhz Ram for a good price, solid motherboard. Case is a good value and performs well.
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August 25, 2013 8:12:32 PM

Swordkd said:
You didn't list what you needed for a build, so I skipped the optical drive, OS, monitor and keyboard/mouse.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($58.65 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($345.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $819.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-25 23:05 EDT-0400)

For gaming I'd still stick with Intel with that budget. You can still afford a good video card(3 free games). The 7970ghz edition will beat the 670 in benchmarks, period. Enough horsepower from the Cpu to keep up with games for the foreseeable future too even though it's not a "k" designated processor. 1866mhz Ram for a good price, solid motherboard. Case is a good value and performs well.


To be honest I think the 7970 is a better choice but I also believe the 8350 is a half a step under the 4670k which doesn't have much trouble beating the 3350P. Also, to answer your question, you'd get at least 45+ FPS. I imagine higher but with Fraps you never know xD.
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August 25, 2013 8:23:55 PM

Griffin832 said:
Swordkd said:
You didn't list what you needed for a build, so I skipped the optical drive, OS, monitor and keyboard/mouse.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($58.65 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($345.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $819.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-25 23:05 EDT-0400)

For gaming I'd still stick with Intel with that budget. You can still afford a good video card(3 free games). The 7970ghz edition will beat the 670 in benchmarks, period. Enough horsepower from the Cpu to keep up with games for the foreseeable future too even though it's not a "k" designated processor. 1866mhz Ram for a good price, solid motherboard. Case is a good value and performs well.


To be honest I think the 7970 is a better choice but I also believe the 8350 is a half a step under the 4670k which doesn't have much trouble beating the 3350P. Also, to answer your question, you'd get at least 45+ FPS. I imagine higher but with Fraps you never know xD.


If it was just gaming, the 3350p would be the better choice. I don't know how well FRAPS will play with it while gaming though, so you might want the fx8350.

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August 25, 2013 10:08:23 PM

I know this might seem semi-idiotic, but, for the first response, is that all I would need? If not, what else would I need?
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August 25, 2013 10:12:03 PM

Me being the newbie I am, would you mind adding the Operating system, optical drive, and hard drive to that list? So I know what ALL I need to get to get a functioning computer. :D 
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August 26, 2013 4:22:37 AM

You're over your budget with these added parts, but if you want me to cut back the build a little more so it is around $900 with those parts let me know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.91 @ Amazon)
Total: $1079.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-26 07:21 EDT-0400)
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August 26, 2013 12:24:37 PM

Just saying but the recommended system requirements for skyrim are very very low. Most of the builds being posted here have 3gb graphics cards when in actual fact skyrim only needs a 1gb card for high settings. You could probably save a hell of a lot of money if you just went for a 2gb or 1gb graphics card.
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August 26, 2013 2:53:59 PM

Chris1996 said:
Just saying but the recommended system requirements for skyrim are very very low. Most of the builds being posted here have 3gb graphics cards when in actual fact skyrim only needs a 1gb card for high settings. You could probably save a hell of a lot of money if you just went for a 2gb or 1gb graphics card.


True, but a reccomended 2Gb GPU like the 680, 770, 670 etc. still doesn't have enough of a price difference to actually consider a downgrade. The 7970 is 359 compared to a 309.99 card
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