Hello everyone, I am wanting to (and in need of) get a new gaming pc, As my current laptop is well a peace of junk now. (Can sell it for extra cash. ?) I would love it if you guys could help me by listing parts for me to go ahead and buy first let me write down some notes so you guys get a better understanding..
- Budget: $600-$700 (can go over a bit more I am willing to sell my laptop)
- What does it need to do?: Play games preferably max settings - games like Skyrim, GTA:IV (and V? ), ArmA: II + OA etc.
- Parts not needed: Well the thing is I need a Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse and OS as well - though if you can't don't worry about adding these into the cost if you can then that is great.
For Skyrim, don't let anyone talk you into an i3. At bare minimum I would suggest an i5-2400 for best results. The other games an i3 will be okay, so I guess it really comes down to how heavily you want to play Skyrim. I will say 600-700 based on my experience on the forums is a pretty tight budget to work with with Australian prices. Especially, needing all the peripherals as well. I'd guesstimate for best results you're looking at at least $1000 possibly more.
As far as video cards, another note about Skyrim is, AMD video cards tend to fair better with this game than Nvidia video cards. I would suggest at bare minimum a 6870 video card. Ideally a 7850, but I'm not sure how well thats all going to fit in your price range.