First I would like to apologize if I've managed to post this under the wrong category/sub-category.
My name is Sebastian, and I'm looking to buy a new computer, mainly for gaming.
I've never actually been a hardcore gamer before, and I doubt I'll do a lot of online gaming with whatever new system I get. I'm used to playing games on my Xbox 360.
The most essential game my system needs to run is The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, preferably on ultra settings. I know it's impossible to tell what requirements this game holds, but some of you are great at speculating! And yes, I will play other games as well. I just want to make sure my system will manage Skyrim on ultra and with enhancement mods.
I'm not really a tech-head though, so that's why I'm seeking advice from you. (Budget is not an issue, but I would like to keep the cost as low as possible).
I've already found a computer which I was allowed to customize. If I buy it, it will be sent prebuilt. I wish that you could point out any bottlenecks, and if I should choose something else instead of what I've already chosen:
Case: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl
PSU: Silver Power SP-SS620M 620W PSU
DVD: Sony Optiarc DVD±RW Writer, AD-5280S
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3, Socket-AM3+
RAMemory: Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1600MHz 16GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda® 7200.12 1TB
SSD: Corsair SSD Force Series™ F60A, 60GB (+ OEM SSD 2.5" to 3.5" Bracket SATA)
Thank you tsnor! I will do as you suggest and ask on the Skyrim forum
However, do you know if this rig will play any other games on ultra? Is the GPU and/or CPU good enough to play the latest games, etc? I'm also looking forward to BF3 and Arkham City, if you catch my drift.
This is a kick ass system that is nicely balanced. Should be very playable with new games for a while. Weakest link might be the CPU, look at some benchmarks compared to i5-2500 based systems if you keep pcs for 3+ years. Otherwise you should be set. (PSU seems an OK brand based on the one review I read)
One possible trouble, most people game at 1920X1200 or smaller. If you have a monster high resolution monitor you'll need more video.
aside: if you go with the SSD system drive then you need to be very careful to always force game installs onto your 7200.12 drive instead of the SSD. If you forget the SSD will fill up and the part of installs that must go in c drive directories will fail and you will not be happy.
Not sure where you are purchasing from but the 955BE will do 3.6GHz quite easily, most likely at stock volts (as will the IMC/NB at 24000MHz).
The difference in price in the US is over 30%.
As long as your minimum frames are above 50 you will be fine, and from the looks of things there have not been any big changes to the game engine from 'Oblivion' -- looks to be a DX9 remake. I suspect the PhII and a 560Ti can handle that with ease.
Another thing -- cards based on the Radeon 7000-series should be hitting the market in Q4 which, if anything, should drive video card prices down in the next month or two.