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February 25, 2012 6:10:18 PM

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
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

P8Z68-V LX Z68
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

H685QNT1GD IceQ X Turbo AMD Radeon HD 6850
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
OR
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 25, 2012 6:18:47 PM

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
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February 25, 2012 6:20:46 PM

PCIe is all backwards compatible. Great build!
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February 25, 2012 6:28:38 PM


So, of the three gpus mentioned in this thread which one would be the best based off performance and reliability?
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February 25, 2012 6:30:52 PM

the 6870 for sure
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February 25, 2012 6:32:41 PM

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
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February 25, 2012 6:35:15 PM

^ And if you have an extra $40 dollars I would go with the EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 core, it is a noticeable difference.
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February 25, 2012 6:36:47 PM

How well does the 7950 run Skyrim?
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February 25, 2012 7:07:15 PM

may i suggest the gigabye z68 g8ap (something like that) 99 dollars with pcie 3.0 its mislabeled on microcenter
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