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Looking to build my first computer, deciding between two combo deals

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December 26, 2011 11:21:48 PM

so I'm building a computer for the first time. I've done a bit of research in the past couple of months on what seems to be the best components for my needs and have found a couple of what appears to be good combo deals from newegg.

let me begin with that I am building a new computer particularly for games such as Skyrim, Battlefield 3, and Starcraft 2. I don't really care for Ultra graphics. I would settle for high on 1920x1080.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

I was interested in this mostly because of the additional blu-ray driver. I've begun buying all my movies on blu-ray. However, I'm not sure if 4gb of RAM is enough, or the radeon 6850 and phenom x6 1055t is good enough for Skyrim or Battlefield 3.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

This is a little bit cheaper but does not come with a cd/dvd burner. It does come with the beloved i5-2500k, a GTX 560 Ti, and 8gb of RAM.

Anyways, to sum it up, I'm looking to play games with this new computer on 1920x1080 on at least high settings. I was also wondering if there would be anything else I need to buy for my first computer? I already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I know I need to buy a wireless adapter as well.

Thank you

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December 26, 2011 11:28:30 PM

Depends on if you want to Crossfire/SLI. However, both of them, if you do decide to Crossfire/SLI (use 2+ Graphics), will not power them. I hear a 750W PSU is recommended.

From the games you are playing, the second build will be overkill if you don't really care for ultra settings. Overall, I say go with build 1.
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December 26, 2011 11:34:06 PM

thanks for the response. I know that if I decide to do crossfire or SLI I will upgrade the PSU. I'm not sure about the 8GB of RAM vs the 4GB of RAM either.
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December 26, 2011 11:39:29 PM

4GB of RAM + those games = playable games but not much multitasking. 8 GB RAM = playable games and more multitasking.
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December 27, 2011 1:37:12 AM

the amd build also has 1 tb hdd which is definite overkill considering that on my current computer I only have 280 gb used. I also plan on getting a laptop for school use so the computer will be used for the basic computer uses, such as web surfing, watching videos, and listening to music, and also playing games.
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December 27, 2011 2:11:47 AM

For gaming? The i5-K.
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