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Gaming Machine Help

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January 14, 2012 5:38:23 AM

So I have been out of PC gaming for awhile but I recently started playing SWTOR and Skyrim and my laptop just isn't cutting it. I am going to build a PC but don't want to spend a ton of money. I don't need a great rig, but I would like to be able to run Skryim on medium settings while getting good fps (I currently get 10-20fps on low which is unacceptable). Since I have been out of PC gaming for so long I need to know if what I am planning to get will meet my needs before I go out and spend $700.

Mother booard: ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS Socket AM3+ 760G mATX AMD
CPU: FX 4100 Black Edition 3.6GHz Quad-Core Socket AM3+ Boxed Processor
Hard Drive: Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD5000AAKS
Power Supply: EL Series PSEL500 500 Watt ATX
RAM: XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)
Graphics Card: ATi Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16

I have a DVD from my last computer I built in 2006. So would this accomplish my goal? Like I said, I don't need the best graphics but I would like to be able to run Skyrim on Medium with good fps. As I said my last computer I built was 2006 so I am out of the loop and would appreciate any feedback.

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January 14, 2012 6:16:02 AM

You could save up to 20 bucks by getting a 6gig ram kit instead and put that into the video card to get something slightly better than a 6850. That is what I would recommend personally. Also I am not completely familiar with the bulldozer family of cpu's but I believe the FX 4100 series isn't a true quad core or something to that effect? I would check GAMING benchmarks of the FX4100 vs. the old phenom ii x4 955/965 etc to see if you could save some money there to put toward a better graphics card as well.
January 14, 2012 8:39:12 AM

Check for a SATA port on your DVD drive, you might need to replace it.

Very few, if any, of todays motherboards have a a PATA/IDE port, they're all purely SATA.
January 14, 2012 9:10:28 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Video Games to section Systems by Mousemonkey