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System Builder Marathon, March 2012: System Value Compared

Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Overclocking is the easiest way to circumvent CPU bottlenecks in Skyrim, but the $1300 PC can’t overclock as well as the unlocked Core i7-3930K. A higher graphics card overclock helps that machine take the lead at 2560x1600, though. That's an intense-enough setting that a lower-end CPU doesn't even play a role in the benchmark result.

Meanwhile, the $650 PC is still playable through 1920x1080 at our highest test settings, making squabbles between the other machines appear petty. Paul must be mighty proud right about now.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.