Building from scratch. FIRST TIME BUILDER

Goal is to build dedicated Skyrim machine! tehee

Under 700$ budget. Do not need peripherals, case, optical drive, or OS.

Looking to run MAX settings on 1080p at 40fps min.

Also, would like to make sure mobo capable to handle possible future upgrades.

Not interested in overclocking right now, but perhaps in the future.

Like to know if compatible and if there's anything better for my money.
What I've gathered:

i5 2400
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354590

GA-Z68AP-D3 LGA 1155 Z68
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375352
OR
P8Z68-V LX Z68
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0371775

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1kpx2c1dnfmnx
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  1. Go for teh ga z68ap its mislabled and is actually pcie 3.0. You could probably get away with a 2500k in your budget. Good choice of card

    heres a psu/hard drive combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.827833&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=180d9eqvh0lti

    ram: good and cheap http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

    so lets

    price that out with i2500k

    case:0
    opticaldrive:0
    os:0
    psu/hard drive: 134
    i52500k+mobo(z6ap-d3) 230
    ram:36
    gpu:170

    your at 570 right now

    i assume by periphials you don't need a new monitor? but if you do heres a good one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824262011

    add 120

    If you don't need one grab an ssd: this is one of the best for only 90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441


    fans if you need: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-120mm-Silent-Value/dp/B000O8I474/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330208012&sr=8-1
  2. Check out my $650 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    Since you're buying at Microcenter the i5 2400 is $40 cheaper. So you'll have a total of $610 instead. With that said, use $50 to upgrade to the 560 Ti
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401
    Then upgrade the mobo for $50 to this Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    Gives you solid Ivy Bridge support and PCI 3.0 if you use Ivy Bridge chips.
    Total should just be about $710
  3. It sucks microcenter no longer has $50 off of motherboard. :(
  4. That GA-Z68AP-D3 LGA 1155 Z68 won't handle 2 ea. PCIe 16 sli capable slots nor PCIe 3.0. Look for a MB which does and also look for USB 3.0 connectors.I recommend this: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $138 incl shipping.
  5. DelroyMonjo said:
    That GA-Z68AP-D3 LGA 1155 Z68 won't handle 2 ea. PCIe 16 sli capable slots nor PCIe 3.0. Look for a MB which does and also look for USB 3.0 connectors.I recommend this: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $138 incl shipping.



    yes it does for pcie 3.0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128538&Tpk=GA-Z68AP-D3 usb 3.0 theres 2. (read the specs)
  6. ^ Sadly it only runs on 16x/4x which isn't bad but not exactly good either. IMO better to pay slightly more and get the 8x/8x/4x. The D3 isn't bad but it's OP's choice.
  7. thats true..IT really depends whats more important to you money now or upgrade path later
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