My price range is 500-1000$ I intend to play skyrim, minecraft, oblivion and other common games on it most of which will be heavily modded, I want to be able to run them on high graphics with no** lag. I posted previously about a laptop with these capabilities, and was told that a pc was the best way to go as it would be a lot cheaper. looking for the cheapest option with the most gaming power
I always use this page to select parts for my custom rigs: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/
You can add whatever you want, you can see the final price and you can also see if all the parts you selected are compatible.
If you don't know what to pick, I already built one that could satisfy your needs: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3QmZ6
This PC could easily play all those games with 100 mods and still have 60FPS (I'm exaggerating though!)
Anyways, if you don't feel like building PCs or you just want a pre-built PC then I've searched in Newegg and Amazon for the best gaming PCs around your budget and these are the best I could find:
Yeah, I know, these are (Like I said) the best PCs I could find in the best online stores, but I suggest building one since you get a lot more power for a lower price and you feel awesome when you finish building it.
Anyways, the best PC you're going to find is going to be a custom one from you, amazing power for the price!.
If you have any doubts you want me to clear out, be sure to update your question.
*Building your own* sounds good, except then you are responsible for the hardware being compatible. Windows 8 isn't the best Operating System for old games.
Skyrim Specs: (Video Graphics is where most machines fail the test)
You Do need a machine that meets these requirements for Skyrim.
•Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
•Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU processor
•4GB System RAM
•6GB free HDD (Hard disk drive) space
•DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM: Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon HD 4890 or higher
•DirectX compatible sound card
•Internet access for Steam activation