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Building PC for Skyrim, Noob, HELP!

I was considering buying the best Lenovo y510p with the 16bg ram SSD Dual gpu etc etc the best one you can get. Anyway, i have been considering building a PC to save money. Most forums i read about are very outdated and i am wondering if someone can help me with a build with current parts.

I would like to play Skyrim/Fallout on Ultra settings, mod some but not anything crazy or overhauling, and possibly record myself. I am hoping to keep it pretty cheap. I HATE lag. HATE HATE HATE lag lol. So i dont want to go too cheap, but i also don't want to spend a ton. I don't have a monitor or anything, so im starting from scratch. however i will probably play with a 360 controller (yes.. i know.. i know) so i don't need a gaming mouse or keyboard. I will need a monitor and everything to build the PC. I guess a budget would be around $500. Maybe more if its worth it. (I would like to play the new Fallout if it ever comes.) I appreciate any help you guys give!!
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  1. CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W 80+ Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $490.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 01:18 EST-0500)
  2. Your asking alot for lagless on ultra @ $500.. I would go with whitecats build nevertheless.
  3. camohanna said:
    Your asking alot for lagless on ultra @ $500.. I would go with whitecats build nevertheless.


    Well then $700 MAX.. I really want a good system. But if it gets close to the price of that laptop why the hell not just buy it? lol portable gaming... i thought bulding a PC would give me the same performance at a cheaper price
  4. .
    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $660.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 16:06 EST-0500)
  5. whitecat said:
    .
    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $660.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 16:06 EST-0500)



    This is what i have been working on with your influence:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.29 @ Amazon) (??? Is that CPU you mentioned adequate for Skyrim and such? )
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.97 @ OutletPC) (Dont i need this? LOL)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US) (TomsHardware compared this with Skyrim to the 660 and they seemed similar, maybe even the 660 coming out above if im not mistaken... So??)
    Case: Thermaltake Armor Reveo Snow Edition ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $819.18---DAMN.
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 16:27 EST-0500)

    I'm starting to think it isn't much cheaper, or not as much as i thought.
  6. AnotherDumbNoob said:
    whitecat said:
    .
    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $660.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 16:06 EST-0500)



    This is what i have been working on with your influence:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.29 @ Amazon) (??? Is that CPU you mentioned adequate for Skyrim and such? )
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.97 @ OutletPC) (Dont i need this? LOL)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US) (TomsHardware compared this with Skyrim to the 660 and they seemed similar, maybe even the 660 coming out above if im not mistaken... So??)
    Case: Thermaltake Armor Reveo Snow Edition ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $819.18---DAMN.
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 16:27 EST-0500)

    I'm starting to think it isn't much cheaper, or not as much as i thought.


    i5 Haswell or Ivy Bridge is faster/better , of course . It would be a real gaming rig .
  7. whitecat said:
    AnotherDumbNoob said:
    whitecat said:
    .
    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $660.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 16:06 EST-0500)



    This is what i have been working on with your influence:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.29 @ Amazon) (??? Is that CPU you mentioned adequate for Skyrim and such? )
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.97 @ OutletPC) (Dont i need this? LOL)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US) (TomsHardware compared this with Skyrim to the 660 and they seemed similar, maybe even the 660 coming out above if im not mistaken... So??)
    Case: Thermaltake Armor Reveo Snow Edition ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $819.18---DAMN.
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 16:27 EST-0500)

    I'm starting to think it isn't much cheaper, or not as much as i thought.


    i5 Haswell or Ivy Bridge is faster/better , of course . It would be a real gaming rig .



    The R9 270X is a cheaper option and it seemed to have compared decently... What do you think? It is a cheaper option @ $207. And as far as CPU goes i don't think i can get much cheaper, for the quality. So basically a decent PC once i buy everything will run me just as much.. if not even more than that laptop lol. The problem i have with PC is i can't just return the parts if they don't meet my expectations, but the laptop i can. Also portability, etc etc.
  8. Best answer
    AnotherDumbNoob said:
    whitecat said:
    AnotherDumbNoob said:
    whitecat said:
    .
    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $660.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 16:06 EST-0500)



    This is what i have been working on with your influence:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.29 @ Amazon) (??? Is that CPU you mentioned adequate for Skyrim and such? )
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.97 @ OutletPC) (Dont i need this? LOL)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US) (TomsHardware compared this with Skyrim to the 660 and they seemed similar, maybe even the 660 coming out above if im not mistaken... So??)
    Case: Thermaltake Armor Reveo Snow Edition ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $819.18---DAMN.
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 16:27 EST-0500)

    I'm starting to think it isn't much cheaper, or not as much as i thought.


    i5 Haswell or Ivy Bridge is faster/better , of course . It would be a real gaming rig .



    The R9 270X is a cheaper option and it seemed to have compared decently... What do you think? It is a cheaper option @ $207. And as far as CPU goes i don't think i can get much cheaper, for the quality. So basically a decent PC once i buy everything will run me just as much.. if not even more than that laptop lol. The problem i have with PC is i can't just return the parts if they don't meet my expectations, but the laptop i can. Also portability, etc etc.


    R9 270(X) are awesome cards . Get one of them . R9 270X is 5% faster than R9 270 .R9 270X is just factory overclocked R9 270 - same number of shaders,texture units,compute units.
  9. AnotherDumbNoob said:
    camohanna said:
    Your asking alot for lagless on ultra @ $500.. I would go with whitecats build nevertheless.


    Well then $700 MAX.. I really want a good system. But if it gets close to the price of that laptop why the hell not just buy it? lol portable gaming... i thought bulding a PC would give me the same performance at a cheaper price


    Thing is, a $700 laptop will have the same performance as a $400 or so pc, if not worse.
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