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Building my first gaming PC

So I have never built a computer before, and I have no idea what I will need for the most efficient gaming. My budget is relatively low, I am shooting for under $700. I was hoping to be able to support games like Skyrim on pretty high resolution. If that isn't possible in my budget range that is fine since I will take whatever I can get.
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  1. Best answer
    Do you need the os ?

    I'll make two builds :

    Without os :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $657.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    With os :


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $646.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  2. I don't need OS, i have access to windows 7 already, thanks for the suggestion. I like that first one. From what little I know about the video card and cpu those should be able to handle just about anything I would need
  3. Yes, it will run skyrim maxout with mods @1080p.
  4. My friend said I might need a better motherboard than the one in the first suggestion
  5. The asrock H77M is fine, it has everything you need, and it has quality.
    If you want an atx motherboard : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302
  6. how does this look

    Case 1 x AZZA Armour Gaming Case-Blue
    Processor 1 x AMD FX-8120 CPU (8x 3.10GHz/8MB L2 Cache)
    Motherboard 1 x Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 -- AMD 970
    Memory 1 x 8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module-Corsair or Major Brand - FREE Upgrade to G.Skill Ripjaws
    Video Card 1 x AMD Radeon HD 7770 - 1GB-Single Card
    Case Lighting None
    Power Supply 1 x 500 Watt - Standard
    Processor Cooling 1 x Liquid CPU Cooling System [AMD]-ARC Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade
    Video Card Brand 1 x Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA
    Primary Hard Drive 1 x 2 TB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200rpm, 6.0Gb/s-Single Drive
    Data Hard Drive None
    2nd Optical Drive None
    Optical Drive 1 x 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive-Black
    Sound Card 1 x 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
    Speaker System None
    Network Card 1 x Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
  7. It's not good, the i5-3470 is a better cpu than the fx-8150 from bulldozer architecture, it has in fact four cores and four slow ones, and the 7870 is a much better gpu than the 7770.
    Also you don't need a soundcard and that psu seems a generic one, the antec neo 620 is of good quality, made by seasonic.
    That build that i listed will give you the best performance under your budget.
  8. alright, just thought I should check. I am totally clueless when it comes to this stuff, but I have experience with installing hardware so hopefully I can figure that part out
  9. You have a good case for assemble the parts(HAF 912), it fits everything with a good psu(antec neo) and with i5+7870.
  10. I am not a big fan of the Caviar blue's; I would look for another hard drive option, especially if you could spare a little more cash or less storage.
  11. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aerl
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aerl/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aerl/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($81.88 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.78 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $617.60
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 01:14 EST-0500)

    for amd.


    intel:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aesk
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aesk/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aesk/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.78 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($274.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $657.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 01:16 EST-0500)

    Base Total: $692.71
    Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
    Shipping: $4.99
    Total: $657.70

    got u covered brother :)
  12. how does that amd pc compare to the one djangoringo suggested?
  13. I don't have much preference between amd and intel, I just find amd to be cheaper for comparable quality most of the time
  14. So they are pretty close it seems, with the i5 being slightly better most of the time. So it comes down to whether I'd rather spent an extra 50 dollars for a bit better or not
  15. pretty much thats the ppint mad. can u afford 50$ more if not still gonna get a good pc.
  16. Yeah, I decided to go with the first option. an extra 50 isn't too big of a deal. Besides I should have some money coming in so I can further upgrade if I need to. Thanks for all your help guys. Now I sort of have a baseline for any future parts I may need.
  17. sounds good anytime :)
  18. thats way to expensive of a case to recommand in that budget sorry.
  19. I do like that case, but I already ordered, and its a bit pricey, maybe some other time
  20. Best answer selected by Madtv43.
  21. cheerios
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