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System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: System Value Compared

Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The $800 build beats my $1,000 combination of parts under Skyrim’s High quality preset. But a shift to Ultra quality puts the two very similar systems back in check.

The $600 PC plays smoothly through its highest-quality settings at 1920x1080, where testing stopped. While 2560x1600 results might have been interesting, we doubt many gamers are going to spend one and a half times more on a monitor than their PC.