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August 19, 2012 9:23:04 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: next month (September)

Budget Range: approx. $1200+shipping (I can go higher if have to)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Media Streaming, Video Capture, Internet/Schoolwork

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: GPU, Memory, PSU

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Location: Manhattan, Kansas

Parts Preferences: none, as long as it works

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Vizio 22", 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Skyrim, Far Cry 2, Crysis. It's in my bedroom, so quiet is a plus

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: This computer will replace an aging laptop for less mobile tasks and back into pc gaming.

Parts I have decided on:
Antec Eleven Hundred Black Super Mid Tower Computer Case

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

This is my first build, and I would really appreciate suggestions for how much and what kind of RAM I should get. I know Corsair makes good stuff, but I've heard good things about G.Skill as well.

Most importantly, I want to run Skyrim with high-res texture packs, weather effects and lighting mods, etc., at ultra settings. To this end I really could use some recommendations for graphics card setups. I would like to stick with one card, but would I be better able to run Skyrim or Crysis or Far Cry with two cheaper cards in SLI, possibly with one dedicated to PhysX?

I also know next to nothing about PSUs or how to figure out how much power I need.

Thanks in advance!

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August 19, 2012 11:35:17 PM

i would recommend a 660ti