Hello. I was wondering if this PC would be able to handle games such as Bf3 and Skyrim at high settings, 1080p. I know Best Buy is not the "best buy" a lot of the time, but I do have a large amount of gift cards for the store, and it would be easier to buy it off them. I cannot build a PC (long story). I noticed that this PC has a NVIDIA GTX 560, which isnt bad.
The system mentioned isn't that bad but I agree that you could do better.
Basically, try going to NCIX Canada ( www.ncix.com and click the Canada logo) and try piecing a system together. *You don't need to buy it there, it's just that that site is really well laid out and the USA site isn't for some reason.
For about $800 to $1000 you can put together a pretty nice system.
The core components:
- Intel 1155 CPU
- Z77 motherboard (Asrock?)
- 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory
- 650W (approx) PSU
- HD6870 or better graphics card (budget depending. See benchmarks)
- Antec or similar inexpensive case ($60 roughly. fans preinstalled. USB3 front panel)
- CPU HSF (heatsink fan, about $30 such as Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus)
- hard drive
- Windows 7 Premium 64-bit OEM ($100) or just use Windows 8 RC 64-bit for now (get code when it's released)
There are several good points to building your own system:
- don't need to send entire system back for minor issues
- can get better quality parts for same price
- sense of satisfaction
- don't have preinstalled software crap
The system you mention isn't too bad. It will play Skyrim nicely if you don't run the HD texture pack. BF3 is much more demanding (but also looks better).
*If you'd like me to help you put together a system I'd be happy to. All I need to know is your budget, NOT including Windows, and any other pertinent details (mouse/keyboard?, Country?).
A lot of games use the XBox 360 controller now. You can get one at Walmart and other places for $40. Any Lego game, Batman Arkham Asylum/City, Prototype etc plays best with the controller.
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July 24, 2012 4:11:32 AM
Thanks for the help guys. Unfortunately, I can't build my own (folks dont trust me with building something over $100), and they would rather spend more money than have me ruin something. I also have heard bad things from sites like ibuypower, so I won't be going there. Here is another system I was thinking about. Will its performance justify its added cost? (Its HP with a different graphics and PSU)
Operating system...Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit] edit
Processor AMD FX-6120 six-core processor [3.6GHz, 6MB L2/8MB L3 Cache] edit
Memory...8GB DDR3-1600MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs] edit
Hard drive...1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive edit
Office software...Microsoft(R) Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook edit
Graphics card...EVGA GeForce GTX560 ***
Power Supply...Corsair HX Professional Series 650-Watt***
Primary optical drive...SuperMulti DVD Burner edit
Networking...Wireless-N LAN card (1x1) edit