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December 12, 2011 6:04:14 PM

Looking to play Skyrim on high settings @ 1440x900, with a budget of $450 + my current parts.

This is what I'm looking at right now:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

- The PSU in the list I already own but is there for reference.
- I'll also be re-using my current 7200 RPM Hard drive and DVD Drive.
- I went with a z68 Mobo to be more future proof and allow me to upgrade beyond the i3 later.

Is it all compatible?
Are there any better options?
Will it handle Skyrim on at least High settings?

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December 13, 2011 3:06:00 PM

Can someone please confirm the build is compatible?
December 13, 2011 3:25:25 PM

Are you planning on overclocking with the i5/i7 or use a small SSD for caching? If you aren't, I would suggest getting a cheaper h67/p67 motherboard, and using the save cash to get a 6870.

Other than that, I think everything works out. Might want a second opinion though.
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December 13, 2011 3:30:41 PM
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Instead of the Ranger, get the Rosewill R102 for $29.99 and add a $7.99 Rosewill 120mm Blue LED fan.
December 13, 2011 3:31:21 PM

buu11235 said:
Are you planning on overclocking with the i5/i7 or use a small SSD for caching? If you aren't, I would suggest getting a cheaper h67/p67 motherboard, and using the save cash to get a 6870.

Other than that, I think everything works out. Might want a second opinion though.



Yeah, I'll probably overclock an i5-2500k when I get it later, and an SSD would certainly be nice. I'm trying to make a basic build here that I can gradually upgrade. :D 
December 13, 2011 3:34:23 PM

use teh i3 for now, and upgrade to the 3500K when Ivy Bridge comes out in April, the Z68 will upgrade nicely witha Bios update
December 13, 2011 3:43:11 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
use teh i3 for now, and upgrade to the 3500K when Ivy Bridge comes out in April, the Z68 will upgrade nicely witha Bios update


Sounds like a plan.
December 13, 2011 3:53:43 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
Instead of the Ranger, get the Rosewill R102 for $29.99 and add a $7.99 Rosewill 120mm Blue LED fan.


The Ranger has free shipping, the R102 doesn't so the couple $$ saved there are lost. :( 

Other than the case preference, does everything look good to order? This is actually my first build and I'm a bit excited/nervous.
December 13, 2011 4:15:40 PM

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The Ranger has free shipping, the R102 doesn't so the couple $$ saved there are lost.


the couple bucks difference, however means a 120mm intake and 120mm exhaust, instead of 120mm intake, 80mm exaust, better cooling for about the same net price
December 13, 2011 4:18:03 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
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The Ranger has free shipping, the R102 doesn't so the couple $$ saved there are lost.


the couple bucks difference, however means a 120mm intake and 120mm exhaust, instead of 120mm intake, 80mm exaust, better cooling for about the same net price


Ah ok, good point then. Ordering now. :D 
December 13, 2011 4:21:36 PM

The psu is fine for the build as it is originally

but the RAM is rated at 1.65 volt . Intel recommend 1.5 volt or less for sandy bridge
December 13, 2011 4:22:46 PM

Outlander_04 said:
The psu is fine for the build as it is originally

but the RAM is rated at 1.65 volt . Intel recommend 1.5 volt or less for sandy bridge


Ah good catch, I'll look into 1.5v ram before i order it. Any difference between 1600 and 1333 for this build?
December 13, 2011 4:33:32 PM

the sweet spot is 1600 MHz . Performance isnt much different , but the quality of the memory chips is usually a little better
December 13, 2011 4:45:45 PM

Thanks for the help gents.
December 13, 2011 4:46:06 PM

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