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My friend would like a gaming pc for " skyrim but things like sc2, valve games. high setting if not maxed"

He needs:
Internal HDD
Case
CPU
Motherboard
RAM
Video card(s)
Power supply
CPU Cooler (nothing extreme as he won't be overclocking and I know how much the stock intel coolers suck)

He couldn't really give me a budget but I know he would like to save as much money as possible.
Not sure if AMD build would be better.

I know he really wants to play skyrim and battlefield 3.

He will be gaming on 1080i tv/monitor..not sure..
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Internall HDD: HDDs are going up very high in prices at the moment, so you're going to be spending close to $100 more for an HDD. But a Spinpoint F3 1TB would do well.

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R or 500R / CM HAF 922

CPU: i5-2500K

Motherboard: If he doesnt ever plan on getting an SSD, then pick a P67 board. An ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 or an ASUS P8P67

RAM: GSkill Ripjaws (X) 4GB DDR3 1600

Video Cards: Since you said BF3 and you know he also wants to save as much as possible then I think a 6970 will do him perfect. I would say a 6950 bu the odds of getting one now that will unlock is almost slim to none, and those 1536s will keep you above 30fps maxed on 1080p at all times in BF3

PSU: Could definitely use a 550w for this, but I'm a sucker for headroom, so I would say a Corsair TX650 v2

CPU Cooler: CM 212+ is perfect for him
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|Samsung| Spinpoint F3 1TB |Kingston| HyperX 3K 128GB BD-ROM |Cooler Master| Hyper 212+ 
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|Microsoft| Win7 Professional 64-bit |ASUS| VH236H |Corsair| TX650 v2 |Corsair| Carbide 400R 
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|Samsung| Spinpoint F3 1TB |Kingston| HyperX 3K 128GB BD-ROM |Cooler Master| Hyper 212+ 
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|Microsoft| Win7 Professional 64-bit |ASUS| VH236H |Corsair| TX650 v2 |Corsair| Carbide 400R 
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You must have some idea of a budget range?


When i make builds for non tech oriented people (which is basically everyone i ever make builds for otherwise they would do it their-selves) i typically don't overclock. Is that going to be the case here?

If so i would consider an i5 2400 for $190

and a decent cheap board.

biostar h67 $80

some 2x4gb sticks $45

80+ PSU $50

and a 560ti $200 AMIR

or a 6950

Have him help choose the case. I'd suggest a $40

or something similar

Note: storage not included here.
~$605



Obviously you could do it for less (phenom ii x4, or i3 2100), or go 2500k and get a better board if the budget allowed, but this should give you an idea.
Edited by LuckySe7ens - 11/3/11 at 9:24am
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OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung F3 1TB Samsung f3 1tb Samsung HD155UI 
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Western Digital Caviar Black Hitachi DeskStar Samsung 850 Evo Seagate Barracuda 
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Cryorig H7 Asus VS247H-P 23.6" 2ms Razer Overwatch BlackWidow Chroma Seasonic Prime Titanium 750 
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