Hey guys, I need help putting together a gaming system for about $700 that could play recent games (Skyrim, most importantly) at medium to high settings. I've never built a PC before, but I know you can save some money if you build one yourself.
Approximate Purchase Date: Unknown
Budget Range: <$750
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Case
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Best Buy
At a glance it looks very good. I didn't know you could use an AMD GPU with an Intel Processor. The closest one to me is an hour away near Philadelphia, so if I had to go there it wouldn't be a problem. Also, I don't NEED a new case, but a new one would be nice, since the one I have is pretty old and can't hold more than 1 fan.
Things change slightly when bringing Microcenter into the mix. Some things are cheaper, but others aren't available for the same Newegg price or after rebate. The build below is all at Microcenter. I would use your existing case unless it really bothers you. No need to spend the money...
Ok, the same goes for the monitor I currently have. It's old, but still works, but it has a perfectly square screen. Should I get a new one?
Up to you really... If you have the budget to spend, then a 23" / 24" monitor can be had for around $150, but if you aren't having any problems with the old 4:3 monitor then stick with it. Again, no need to spend the money if you are happy with what you have.