Best Pre-Built PCs for Playing Skyrim: Special Edition Windows Central 2021
Skyrim: Special Edition takes the original title from Bethesda and turns everything up to 11 with fancy new graphical effects, 64-bit support, and other handy features that make it an RPG that demands mods to be installed. To enjoy this massive adventure at a stable frame rate or to dive into the modding scene, you'll need a good PC to handle it. We've rounded up some great PCs that will run Skyrim: Special Edition well.
- Sleek Tower: HP OMEN Obelisk
- Budget Shout: CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme
- Power Perk: iBUYPOWER Trace2 9250
- Gaming Companion: Razer Blade 15
- Unlimited power: Dell Alienware Area-51
Sleek Tower: HP OMEN ObeliskEditor's choice
The OMEN Obelisk from HP isn't the most affordable machine in our collection, but it grabbed our top spot for rocking some killer specs for the price. You can configure it with up to an Intel Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA GTX 2080 GPU, and 16GB of RAM. All you need, however, is the $900 configuration, which includes an AMD Ryzen 5 3500X and 8GB RAM, and GTX 1660 Ti.
Budget Shout: CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme
This rather affordable PC tower from CyberPowerPC has an Intel Core i5-9400F processor, NVIDIA GTX 1660 GPU, 8GB RAM, 240GB SSD, and a 1TB hard-disk drive (HDD). The best part is this is a standard case that you'll find from other vendors, allowing you to upgrade to your heart's content.
Power Perk: iBUYPOWER Trace2 9250
This PC from iBuyPower sports all the same components you'd buy yourself, except the company builds it for you and makes sure everything works prior to shipping. While you pay a little more for this luxury, it's a solid option with an Intel Core i7-9700F CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 240GB SSD, and 1TB HDD.
Gaming Companion: Razer Blade 15
Why not take Skyrim with you? The Razer Blade 15 is a slim gaming laptop but packs some serious heat with this model sporting an Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti GPU, and 16GB of RAM. Perfect for taking down dragons on the go.
Unlimited power: Dell Alienware Area-51
You want 4K texture mods, enhanced graphics and lighting, high-res foliage, and more, so you need some considerably high levels of performance. This is where the Dell Area-51 comes in with AMD Threadripper CPUs. Starting out with a Ryzen Threadripper 2920X CPU, AMD RX 570X GPU, 2TB HDD, and 8GB of RAM, you have quite the gaming machine. You can configure the PC to have more RAM and a faster GPU or install your own after ordering.
If we're to choose a PC for Skyrim
Skyrim, as a vanilla experience, isn't the most demanding game. All you need is an Intel Core i3 or AMD Ryzen CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or ATI Radeon 4890 GPU, and 4GB RAM. These PCs easily meet those requirements and will allow you to even mod the game a little with new companions and perhaps a texture pack or few. If you need a single recommendation, go with the HP Omen Obelisk.
Not only does the Obelisk look like a solid gaming PC, but it's also got everything packed inside that you'll need, including at least a GTX 1060 GPU and Ryzen 5 processor at an affordable price. It's possible to even upgrade the PC at a later date with a more capable Ryzen CPU and NVIDIA GPU if you want to play some other more demanding games or mod Skyrim with more impressive visuals.
Should you have an available budget and wish to go all out from the get-go, the Dell Alienware Area-51 can be kitted out with impressive components like AMD's Threadripper CPU series and powerful NVIDIA RTX graphics cards. Just be prepared to part with some serious cash for these enthusiast builds.
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