Around or under $700 gaming comp, mainly to max skyrim

Hey everyone! a friend of mine really likes to play skyrim and such other games but has become sick of the console versions, he really likes the idea of mods and everything else on a computer that can do everything else people do on a computer.

We have come up with a number of around $700 or less, (i'd like to try to stay close to it)

yea, he's mainly looking for a gaming comp that can max out skyrim with at least 60 frames per second (obviously with this it will be able to tackle most other games no problem aswell :)

for me personally i stress a case that will be pleasing to the eyes for a long time coming (i was thinking NZXT'S phantom 410 but will substitute for performance), aswell as intel cpu's and nvidia gpu's over amd's and radeons and what not.

soooo yea, any suggestions, full build specs, or just random questions/comments will be very appreciated (:
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  1. oh and added on, do not need a monitor, mouse, or keyboard, just the computer and everything inside (:
  2. What other games will he play? If it includes stuff like BF3 multiplayer then you will need a quad core processor minimum. Also, dump the preference for nvidia.this generation nvidia's lower end cards arn't the best, especially compared to stuff like the 7850/7870. And, as much as I hate to say it, we're NOT miracle workers, so something's might be out of our reach.
  3. Does what he need include OS? Where do you live?
  4. Actually, know what? Could you please fill out this form
  5. Skyrim prefers NVIDIA cards and Intel CPUs because its shadows and textures place load on the CPU. The mods also love huge amounts of VRAM. This is the minimum you would want:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: GeIL Black Dragon 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.08 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $726.01
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  6. That looks OK, I'm sure 2GB of vRAM is more than enough though. Also you might as well go with 1600Mhz memory since that CPU supports it and it costs like $3-4 more.

    I would go with a similar build to the above but with the i5-3450 (slightly higher clock speed), 1600Mhz memory, GTX 660 2GB/HD 7850 2GB and your case of choice. If you go for an ATX tower, swap the motherboard for the full ATX version.
  7. yea, i like willyrocs build quite a bit, i had the same question, why 3gb gpu istead of 2gb? wont really mkae much difference, and that case, its on amazon? i cant find it anywhere
  8. actually nvm, there the same price :P
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