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Solved: Please help a hardware oblivious guy build a new gaming PC?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Aerodamus, Dec 30, 2012.

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  1. Aerodamus

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    For quite some time I have been wanting to build a new desktop gaming computer so I could play games like The Elder Scrolls series, Fallout series, Just Cause 2, GTA, and other such games the way they were meant to be played. Ever since I got into playing video games back when I was 7 or 8, I have always been on consoles. Until this March, I never even had a computer that was capable of playing much at all.

    This cruddy laptop only cost me $299, but it can play a lot of decent games on medium settings. I got it for my birthday in March from a combination of family members. We've never really had a lot of money to throw around on recreational things, but times have changed somewhat. I graduated high school in May, and since June I have been working at FedEx. The first $2,500 I made I didn't even keep a cent of it. I gave it all to my mom to help out with the family, but FedEx's peak season finally ended last Friday, and I made quite a bit of money.

    I figure it's finally time to treat myself to the dream PC that I have always wanted. My budget is loosely based on about $1,200, but I do not want to spend that much at all if I don't have to, but I will spend a bit more if it means avoiding corner-cutting performance in favor of price.

    WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR IN A DESKTOP PC:
    -Be able to play Skyrim on Ultra (maxed out) settings
    -Be able to use some texture and graphics mods (like 2k textures and ENB stuff) on top of that
    -Have a smooth, non-choppy gaming experience without annoying screen tear, etc.
    -Maintain a minimum FPS of about 50-55 on a screen resolution of 1080x1920
    -Cost as far under $1,200 as possible without cutting corners in performance and quality

    I have never really been in the computer world, as I have not been able to afford to, but I do read up on computer hardware quite a bit, because I find it really enjoyable. I know I would be a computer enthusiast who builds computers just for the sake of building and benchmarking them, but frankly, I don't have money like that do blow. Anyway, those are my minimum performance demands that I will go with, and I will not be cutting corners.

    My question is this: Can I get performance like that for under $1,200? Because I sure as hell want to try if it is possible. Money doesn't grow on trees, ya know? I don't know much about building computers myself, so I considered websites like www.ecollegepc.com and www.ibuypower.com. What do you guys think of websites like that? Or would I be better off building it on my own?

    The thing is, I could really use some help, and I have no idea where to start.
     
  2. dai

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    build your own
     
  3. Aerodamus

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    That's a great help to me...
     
  4. Aerodamus

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    Anyone? :(
     
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  6. Aerodamus

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    Yeah, I guess I will check back during normal hours.
     
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