New to PC gaming, need some advice

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#1 Posted by ghost5891 (1296 posts) -

So I'm good with computers and hardware in general and I can make upgrades as needed. For this reason I believe it would be cheaper in the long wrong to switch to pc gaming instead of continuing with my console gaming, but I have some questions.

Right now these are the components I'm looking to to get for pc gaming and I want to know if this would be sufficient enough to run most games (mostly skyrim) in ultra or high settings.

i7 core 3.4GHz with turbo boost

8Gb RAM 1600MHz

Dual 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 7970m

I know the graphics cards is more than enough and CPU should be good but I wasn't sure if I sure go with 8GB RAM or 12GB RAM, will that amount even show enough of a difference?

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#2 Posted by MonsieurX (36746 posts) -
you won't notice differences with 12gb for gaming
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#3 Posted by geitenvla (960 posts) -

Skryim won't run on that... it will fly.

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#4 Posted by AcidThunder (2332 posts) -

weren't the 'm' versions of gpus supposed to be for the notebooks?

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#5 Posted by MonsieurX (36746 posts) -

weren't the 'm' versions of gpus supposed to be for the notebooks?

AcidThunder
Pretty sure it's a laptop
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#6 Posted by AcidThunder (2332 posts) -

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weren't the 'm' versions of gpus supposed to be for the notebooks?

MonsieurX

Pretty sure it's a laptop

didn't see that turbo boost
this would be more of a switch to 'laptop' gaming than 'pc' gaming

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#7 Posted by SKaREO (3161 posts) -
Go with GeForce or get left in the dust.
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#8 Posted by lockjaw333 (1743 posts) -
Those components will run everything out right now maxxed out. Laptop build? Good luck, never tried my hand at that!
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#9 Posted by Alex_Baratheon (33 posts) -
That's a hell of a rig...you should be able to max out most, if not all, games on the market right now. Not sure about the experience you're gonna get on a laptop...they're not really made for gaming, you know.
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#10 Posted by 8-Bitterness (3707 posts) -
How can you upgrade as needed on a laptop?
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#11 Posted by RyviusARC (5653 posts) -

How can you upgrade as needed on a laptop?8-Bitterness

Some laptops offer the ability to switch out the GPU and CPU.

I know the MSI one with the 7970M will allow for it.

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#12 Posted by flipin_jackass (9765 posts) -

I don't think it will. I upgraded my RAM from 4 to 12 GB last month and there was almost 0 difference. I used DoW II, Metro 2033 and GTV IV benchmarks... nil change. I think 8 GB is more than enough. But if you're spending that much on a new PC, I guess you can spare the extra $20 for 4GB more and sleep better at night. lol

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#13 Posted by lockjaw333 (1743 posts) -

I don't think it will. I upgraded my RAM from 4 to 12 GB last month and there was almost 0 difference. I used DoW II, Metro 2033 and GTV IV benchmarks... nil change. I think 8 GB is more than enough. But if you're spending that much on a new PC, I guess you can spare the extra $20 for 4GB more and sleep better at night. lol

flipin_jackass
I agree. For games that are currently out, anything over 4GB seems like more than enough. Games these days rely heavily on your GPU's vram, so I would say that's a more important factor than your system RAM. I think you pretty much need 1.5GB+ vram these days to get the best performance with all the bells and whistles turned on. Go with the 8GB. I have 8GB and I don't even come remotely close to using it.
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#14 Posted by AcidThunder (2332 posts) -

Those components will run everything out right now maxxed out. Laptop build? Good luck, never tried my hand at that! lockjaw333

no it won't run everything maxed out because its a mobile gpu
the hd 7970m is roughly equal to a gtx 570/580

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#15 Posted by The_Capitalist (10838 posts) -

12GB is only really useful if you are multitasking. Otherwise, you won't notice any performance increase.

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#16 Posted by ghost5891 (1296 posts) -

They are laptops because I need something more mobile since I will also be using this for school, I'm looking at a couple between an MSI and Alienware which I'm very unsure of due to the price compared to MSI. Most of the MSI laptops I've looked at do allow for cpu and gpu upgrades and I have upgraded a couple laptops (more experience with desktops). also does having dual cards really make a difference cause I found some with and nvidia 675m and same cpu and ram as posted and I'm wondering if that's just as good, better, or worse. I would honestly much rather do a desktop for gaming but I can't afford a desktop and laptop and I need mobility. Any other suggestions for gaming laptops would be welcome also please, Thank you.

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#17 Posted by LazyKris_89 (25 posts) -
Those specs are great if you want to run the latest games high-ultra at 40fps and higher. You'll have no problem running Skyrim. You don't need more than 4-8GB ram.