Building from scratch. FIRST TIME BUILDER

My goal is to build a gaming computer dedicated to Skyrim running at least high settings. My budget is about 700$ and I do not need a case, optical drive, peripherals, or OS. I'm wondering if these are compatible:

What I'm looking at:

i5 2500K

P8Z68-V LX Z68

H685QNT1GD IceQ X Turbo AMD Radeon HD 6850
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850
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  1. Well I'm not positive but I do not think your' video cards are compatible with the motherboard. They both require a PCI Express 2.1 and the MoBo only has PCI Express 2.0.

    I'm not sure if that will work, but as I said I don't know
  2. PCIe is all backwards compatible. Great build!
  3. You might want to consider: XFX Radeon 6870 (dual fan) $169.99 ( before $20 MIR )
  4. So, of the three gpus mentioned in this thread which one would be the best based off performance and reliability?
  5. the 6870 for sure
  6. You will be fine with that Mobo. PCI-E is backwards compatible. Are you going to be overclocking? If not, drop to down to the i5 2400. Use the extra on a nicer video card. For around $100 more than the 6850, the 560 Ti resides. Which is a (spell it with me)
    B A U S S! (EVGA 560 Ti SuperClocked)
    It will run Skyrim on Ultra @1080p no problem.
    Also, what is your PSU? This monster needs a good quality 600W PSU to be safe. Anyway, if you decide against the 560 Ti, at least get a 6870. Sapphire is the way to go for AMD cards, in my opinion. SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870
  7. ^ And if you have an extra $40 dollars I would go with the EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 core, it is a noticeable difference.
  8. How well does the 7950 run Skyrim?
  9. may i suggest the gigabye z68 g8ap (something like that) 99 dollars with pcie 3.0 its mislabeled on microcenter
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