Top 5 Skyrim Mods of the Week - Build the Ultimate Skyrim Rig!

Cam and Seb team up with Mark Walton to build the ultimate Skyrim gaming PC! Going AMD over Intel, they'll show you how much RAM, how much cooling, and what graphics card you'll need to make Skyrim look perfect!

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Estebanz_m
Estebanz_m

Luv the build. But, I wouldn't do mATX too small for my taste. I prefer medium cases to biggo towers.


mestupidface
mestupidface

What happen to all the shows they had? The schedule on the homepage only list 5 of what was like 10 shows a week. I am going to be mad if they tossed random encounter.

e5115271
e5115271

Protip - Don't put your components on the OUTSIDE of an antistatic bag like these guys, by nature they can be conductive on the outside. Lay your components on a wooden table instead.

Second Protip - make sure your GPU fits the case you're using.

Third Protip - install your RAM before mounting the MoBo in the case, it's super fiddly otherwise.

Fourth Protip - Go elsewhere for advice on how to build a PC. There was no coverage here on how to correctly fix the motherboard connectors. Not particularly helpful stuff here for first-time builders.


Also. Jesus Christ that cabling, ever head of cable ties?

the_mundtster
the_mundtster

Water Cooling! Are you insane, if you forget to replace the coolant it will rupture and destroy your entire rig! And what do you have against VGA, I have a super beefy rig and use a VGA connection to play.

dmblum1799
dmblum1799

I don't think I'll bother building a rig to play a game years old and one I've played 600 hours over two platforms.

mexicasion10
mexicasion10

I really wish I had Skyrim on PC so I can get to blow up chickens :(

zanelli
zanelli moderator moderator

Pro tip: Mount your RAM before you put the board in the case; mount your water cooler backplate before and the cooling unit and the radiator after you put the board in the case. It makes things much easier.

Daian
Daian

Why you went with a Micro ATX for a high end PC is beyond me, that card was never gonna fit, should have known that. And always go with Intel for high end PCs ffs. And a better MB would have been advisable. Also Corsair doesn't make power sources, they just brand them from manufactures like Seasonic or SuperFlower. Sigh. 

I will gladly be your resident IT guy. seems like you need one.

trackles
trackles

CABLE MANAGEMENT!!!!!!!!

ikantus
ikantus

I like Saturday Kitchen too.

digigamerx
digigamerx

It would have easily fit in a Mid-tower case Mark, you gave yourself far too much of a challenge in a Micro tower.

awesome_al360
awesome_al360

If you guy's can get this work next week, I'll feel more confident putting together my own gaming PC in the future now that I have already learned a few pitfalls to avoid. :)  Look forward to seeing if you can play with realistic graphic setting. 

JohnyMyko
JohnyMyko

You could have edited all of this to just 10 minutes and then do the rest of the show in Skyrim as usual. Sure, this was kinda interesting, but I don't watch this show to see some random clips of three guys building a computer. I think this is the first time this show really disappointed me...

denilsson92
denilsson92

Is that Aaron Ramseys brother or something?

CincinnatiKid24
CincinnatiKid24

Let me first say that I love Gamespot and and I love Top 5 Skyrim Mods of the the Week (Seb and Cam are the best). I can understand that it's hard for most people to build a PC. I just have to say that as an I.T. Professional and someone who is currently studying Computer Science in college; this should not be called "The Ultimate Skyrim Rig". This is a Joke of a PC build with a ridiculous combination of hardware and crappy cable management,. Not to mention some incorrect hardware choices for a game like Skyrim. That being said all of this could have been forgiven if Mark Walton did not try to pass himself off as something he is clearly not such as "One of Gamespot's premier game tech people". Gamespot I feel you guys are responsible for correctly educating your viewers with correct and accurate information. You have not done so. I am very disappointed.

sally-san
sally-san

This AMD bias is shameless, i can understand the gpu im fine with that but that cpu choice is shocking, especially in a game like skyrim that can't even utilize all 8 cpus. an i3 could probably beat that cpu in skyrim. i rate around 30 percent performance increase will come just from selecting an i7

secret847
secret847

What the hell i thought this was skyrim mods i was looking forward to mods, STOP BEING LAZY!!!!

jasontaros
jasontaros

Little tip the anti-static bag the board comes in is not anti-static on the outside of the bag.

vanti
vanti

So. I'd call this entertainment content or documenting a build more than a how-to or guide. If you are thinking about building your first PC I suggest you look up some other videos on YouTube or something from people that know a bit more and are better at explaining things =)

Arachnofunk
Arachnofunk

How much would that PC cost??? It looks expensive.

Godlikan
Godlikan

Imagine when dust sets in and you must clean it...

StHapns247
StHapns247

 Pro Tip: Make sure your components will fit in your case before purchasing. Not many people have a "spare" GTX 780 laying around lol 

bdous
bdous

We have the same CPU.

Gegglington
Gegglington

how much is that radiator cooler thing? my pc does sound like a hoover booting up a game

Gegglington
Gegglington

good show as per cam n seb i bought the same motherboard and cpu last week must be onto a good thing

bdiddytampa
bdiddytampa

The jump from a 680 to a 780 isn't really that big unfortunately... you guys probably won't notice much of a difference :-/

StHapns247
StHapns247

The R9 290x is overpriced compared to the R9 290. If you are looking to save some scratch go with the R9 290.

strigon04
strigon04

nice job buy a fancy small case that doesn't even fit the GPU and has everything crammed together. Rule #1 make sure it looks good on the out side lol.

zakc123
zakc123

i don't know if i'm modding wrong or you guys aren't modding enough.........but with the same gpu and a better cpu i can mod my game until it crawls at 15-20 fps

Bavoke
Bavoke

i want that star wars shirt

strigon04
strigon04

HA anyone with A+ or electrics background should know the anti static bags only are anti static on the inside putting the mother board on the the top is point less and a complete fail. : ) Nice video though you should do more like this. 

blackpuddytat
blackpuddytat

Nice guys, great to see you mix it up with this little project.


Was hoping for a parts and pricing list for this build, even if it was a "pause the video and take note" screen.


Looking forward to seeing the beast running Kevin Van Nord in ultra uber ultimate setting next week. :)

Coseniath
Coseniath

This is completely wrong. When we are talking about Skyrim, The only way to go with CPU is Intel. 

Even last generation core i3! can compete with FX8350 in perfofmance in this game. 

http://images.hardwarecanucks.com/image//skymtl/CPU/A10-7800/A10-7800-64.jpg 

http://www.techspot.com/articles-info/467/bench/CPU_2.png 

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2014/06/24/intel-pentium-g3258-review/5 

And I can continue linking... Intel is the ONLY option here. 

As for GPU, since people with 7970GE were complaining that with a lot of mods, they were reaching 3GB VRAM limit already, I think that eiether a R9 290 which has 4GB or a more expensive GTX 780 6GB is the best choice here.

CiTizenMaSSaKre
CiTizenMaSSaKre

@dmblum1799 Playing Skyrim with Mods is nothing lik eplaying Skyrim on the consoles. You are missing out. The mods for Skyrim are not just the goofy mods you see on this show. There are mods that add hundreds of new npcs, hundreds of new quest, new landmasses to explore. They are creating a mod that lets you travel the entire continent of tamriel filled with quest, cities and towns to visit, ruins and caves to explore. You console gamers are missing out on thousands of hours of gameplay with the mods.

e5115271
e5115271

@Daian I'm pretty sure all the stuff was 'donated' by the manufacturers for the publicity coverage they would get, I doubt they had the £1500 or so quid spare to just go out and buy all the gear. Although it did seem kinda noobish to realise that the graphics card wouldn't fit half way through, but by then the AMD card had already got it's 5 minutes of fame.


Manufacturers in the electronics industry have been rebranding OEM components since time began, calling them out on that is a bit pedantic I think.

sally-san
sally-san

before i get called an AMD hater, i see they changed the gpu but i was fine with that card

inveigh64
inveigh64

@Godlikan But cleaning and maintaining your PC is just as fun as gaming on it :3 or maybe I'm just a dork.

pongley
pongley

@zakc123 That's the folly of the PC gamer. You mod your game up the wazoo and then buy new components to give you back your lost framerate. Then you mod some more and drag it right back down again.

strigon04
strigon04

@Coseniath agree Intel and GTX are the way to go I currently have my eye on a nice 770 on new egg but don't want to spend $380 with all the games i will be buying this year.

numbes
numbes

@The-Neon-Seal @Arachnofunk well over £1k when you add the accesories 780gtx £340 500gb ssd £170 8350 £130 not really overclockable on that mobo aswell stupid 16gb ram £120 mobo £40

£70 psu £60 cooler mechanical drive unkown size £40- £120 £60 case maybe 

Coseniath
Coseniath

@inveigh64 @Godlikan Well I decided not to clean my air filters from dust and I lost 1 GTX570. So yeah people, clean the dust from your PC once a while...

pongley
pongley

@Coseniath @inveigh64 @Godlikan The only thing I ever have to clean is the heatsink for my CPU, because it's huge and get's a half centimetre solid layer of dust after a while. For some reason the CPU absorbs all the dust so the rest of the case is almost entirely dust free.