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My first PC build, also it is a budget gaming rig.

so i have read a lot on how amd is BAD BAD BAD and how intel is like heaven on earth. i personally, have no idea. anyway, this is my budget gaming build which i hope can run skyrim at medium, preferably high, at good fps. i dont know if thats possible without having a build exceeding $700. my budget is $600-$650. thanks so much!

LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136247


Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED-Backlight LCD monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009256\


Logitech MK120 Black USB Wired Slim Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126097


Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314


MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130637
COMBO 38, WITH THE RAM -$10


Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182032


HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402


NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
COMBO 39 WITH THE DVD BURNER -$11


Final price with all combo deals: $649.89
All feedback is greatly appreciated!
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by MouseMonkey
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    A budget of $650? Sounds possible. As most games are GPU-heavy and not CPU-heavy, it should be possible to hit that kind of performance by getting a decent GPU into the build. Probably a Radeon 7870 or a GTX 660 would do the trick. However, since your budget is including a monitor, and I can't tell if you need an OS...

    Now, I changed the case on ya- this way, you get a USB 3.0 port to take advantage of the USB 3.0 header on the mobo. You can switch back to the original case if you prefer, however, and save a little cash in doing so, but you may not have USB 3.0 ports to use.

    If you don't need Windows 7 for whatever reason, that's another $91 you can put toward a video card, which would probably get you to a Radeon HD 7850 1GB card easily (maybe even a GTX 660 if you're lucky, especially if you went back to the original case you mentioned). It's just barely in your budget. It also doesn't include a keyboard or mouse, but you could probably get the one you mention in your list easily enough (or go to a local goodwill store and pick up some cheap ones until you can afford to get 'em later on).

    It's an Intel build, not AMD, but it just might get you the performance you're looking for if you went with a Radeon HD 7850 or GTX 660. According to the Tom's Hardware Skyrim benchmarks here below, the GPU should get you High performance easily (and Ultra not quite so easily, but still playable at over 30fps)- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750-benchmark,3135-8.html

    That said, with the CPU being not even an i3, I wouldn't be surprised if there's a bottleneck in there somewhere. I'm not 100% certain about that. Still, the game should certainly be playable at Medium to High, though maybe not at Ultra.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lCxM
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