What components of a gaming PC are most important for modding games?

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I’ve never built a PC before but have seen a lot of YouTube videos about amazing mods for a lot of Bethesda games.
As a first time builder, which parts should take priority for modding games?
Also any general tips for feeling a bit…overwhelmed by the process of PC building?
I know a lot of people do it…but still.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 
I guess the most important part for modding would be the CPU as you need one that is powerful enough to process the game + mods + windows at same time.
Next probably GPU but thats always top on a gaming list.
Apart from that, make sure you have enough storage.
And ram
And a Good Power Supply

If you tell us budget and where you are, someone probably suggest a build for you, if you want. filling out these questions would help (just copy/paste from top post) - https://forums.pcgamer.com/threads/how-to-ask-for-new-build-or-upgrade-advice.2745/
 
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Wow thanks! Um…for a budget I guess somewhere between $2500-$3000 maximum? (I recently came into a bonus at work, but still don’t really know what I’m doing when it comes to computers…)

I’m also in the Sunnyvale area in the Bay Area.
 
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Why Are You Upgrading: (e.g. I'm having trouble running game X or my PSU broke)

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Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

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Wow thanks! Um…for a budget I guess somewhere between $2500-$3000 maximum? (I recently came into a bonus at work, but still don’t really know what I’m doing when it comes to computers…)

I’m also in the Sunnyvale area in the Bay Area.
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CORSAIR RMx Series (2021) RM850x 850W 80+GOLD Modular Power Supply $139.99

GIGABYTE Z690 GAMING X $209.99

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DeepCool AK620 CPU Cooler $64.99

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i7 12700 / 12700F gaming benchmarks.

 
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GIGABYTE G27Q 27" 144Hz 1440P Gaming Monitor, 2560 x 1440 IPS Display, 1ms (MPRT) Response Time, 92% DCI-P3, VESA Display HDR400, FreeSync Premium, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, Height Adjustable $249.99

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G-SYNC Compatible

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Why are you upgrading: Consoles don’t have very many mods.

Budget: $2500-$3000 tops (Hopefully that’ll allow for my Skyrim to look really nice)

Approximate purchase date: As soon as possible?

Use case: Games and Modding them!

Are you buying a monitor: Yes.

Monitor Resolution and desired frame rate: 1024x768 or 1280x1024 and I dunno much about frame rates, so I’m gonna say…smooth peanut butter.

Preferred websites for parts: I have an Amazon account…

Parts preference: Ones that work.

Overclocking: …Maybe?

Comments: I think I’m drowning..
 
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Why are you upgrading: Consoles don’t have very many mods.

Budget: $2500-$3000 tops (Hopefully that’ll allow for my Skyrim to look really nice)

Approximate purchase date: As soon as possible?

Use case: Games and Modding them!

Are you buying a monitor: Yes.

Monitor Resolution and desired frame rate: 1024x768 or 1280x1024 and I dunno much about frame rates, so I’m gonna say…smooth peanut butter.

Preferred websites for parts: I have an Amazon account…

Parts preference: Ones that work.

Overclocking: …Maybe?

Comments: I think I’m drowning..
Building a PC these days is easy peasy. It's similar to putting together legos ... especially with all the youtube vids out there today.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npGL2-pRXlU
 
Parts preference: Ones that work.
Welcome to the forum, and good choice :)

You'll get a great PC for that budget.

I have an Amazon account
Don't limit yourself to just Amz. I've had great experiences with Amz and others—mostly Newegg, occasionally B & H Foto & Electronics, but there are plenty more good suppliers.

I think I’m drowning
Yeah, I remember my first build 23 years ago—I made sure to wade near the bank and swim only parallel to the beach, while wearing an inner tube :D Should've won a Michelin * for that build…

One thing you must do is create an account at PCPartPicker and as you decide on parts to use, add them to your list there. That'll make it a lot easier for us to help you.

general tips for feeling a bit…overwhelmed by the process of PC building
How do you prefer to learn stuff—read or video?

Don't be in any rush for your first build. Take time selecting your parts, then build slowly in stages, testing as early as you can—you must discover any problems as early as possible, not when the whole thing is put together.

Ask for help at each stage, we'll do our best :)
 
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Thanks for the help so far guys.

So Mr. Why_Me,

I’ve been looking at the build you recommended and I like what I see.

However, I don’t necessarily think I should go with the first thing I see (even though the little kid in me desperately wants a new toy to play with).

That being said, would a setup like that reasonably allow me to load many mods onto a game like Skyrim or maybe multiple games?

I’ve seen people with load/mod orders that seem to almost completely redesign the game. And it just looks like something I’d really want to do- curtail my own very immersive experience and make an older game look next-gen.
 
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You dont need any special hardware for modding anything. Its all done in software, mods of games are still just games.

Also your monitors are pretty ancient. If you want your games to look modern you'll need to pick up a 1080p or higher monitor. 2560x1440 is normal these days, and with your budget you can easily fit in both a new monitor and a powerful rig.

@Why_Me s build is good. Watch a couple of build videos on Youtube and you'll be grand.
 
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Ok so someone was kind enough to suggest this build from pcpartpicker.

My only Remaining questions are: what kind of monitor would best go with a build like this and…what are your thoughts as far as modding goes?

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16824012015
GIGABYTE G27Q 27" 144Hz 1440P Gaming Monitor, 2560 x 1440 IPS Display, 1ms (MPRT) Response Time, 92% DCI-P3, VESA Display HDR400, FreeSync Premium, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, Height Adjustable $249.99 Save: $50.00 (16%) Free Shipping

https://www.gigabyte.com/Monitor/G27Q#kf

https://www.displayninja.com/gigabyte-g27q-review/
G-SYNC Compatible
 
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Your build is fine. I'm just posting this to show you other options.

https://www.newegg.com/black-lian-li-lancool-ii-performance-atx-mid-tower/p/2AM-000Z-00086
LIAN LI LANCOOL II MESH C PERFORMANCE BLACK Tempered Glass ATX Case $119.99
+ $10 off w/ promo code W3BBV284, limited offer Free Shipping

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EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G6 850W 80+ GOLD Modular Power Supply $104.99

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09PXL3ZZB
MSI MAG B660 Tomahawk WiFi DDR4 $189.99

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09NPJDPVG
Intel Core i7-12700F $312.96

https://www.amazon.com/DeepCool-AK620-High-Performance-Dual-Tower-Dissipation/dp/B09CSXS3X4
DeepCool AK620 CPU Cooler $64.99

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZPLM1R1
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3600 32GB (2x16GB) CL18 $102.99

https://www.amazon.com/PNY-CS2130-Internal-Solid-State/dp/B0869C35V2/
PNY CS2130 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 Internal SSD $139.99

Total: $1025.90

A better look at those components.

https://lian-li.com/product/lancool-ii-mesh/

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-B660-TOMAHAWK-WIFI-DDR4

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/deepcool-ak620-review

https://global.deepcool.com/products/Cooling/cpuaircoolers/AK620-High-Performance-CPU-Cooler/2021/13067.shtml

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134592/intel-core-i712700f-processor-25m-cache-up-to-4-90-ghz.html

i7 12700 / 12700F gaming benchmarks.

 
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