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Skyrim choppy play in Ultra

I'm getting very choppy play when I am trying to play Skyrim, that I don't think I should be having with my computer. I can max out other games to the highest quality but not with Skyrim. It's worse when it is dealing with light, candles, braziers, magic enemy spells(vampires kill me easily because I can't fight back due to the lag/choppy/low frame rate I am getting), and sometimes when there is too much detail like trees.

These are my specs,
OS: Win 7 64 bit
Processor: Intel i7 860@2.80GHz (8 CPUs)
Memory: 12G
Video Card: GTX 460
Ram(video card ram): 4G
Resolution: 2560x1600

I am not able to run the official 2k HD textures that were released, it makes my skyrim look like I'm cycling through pictures...

I can't install mods that increase the HD of textures, trees, water etc, because the framerate drops to 2-8.

So what is the issue? I would have thought, given my specs, that my pc should be able to handle not only ultra settings but also HD texture mods. If that isn't the case please let me know and if you could offer any help, advice, or hardware/upgrade suggestions I would most appreciate it!

Thanks for taking the time, sorry if this was too long.
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  1. At that resolution, you'd need a lot of Vram. Hate to break it to you, but there is no 4 GB model of the GTX 460
  2. Skyrim is hard on CPUs. not just how many cores or threads, but one or two threads. Its a CPU intensive game. overclocking would improve your fps alot. Also, a 460 is a decent mid-low card, but im running two 560 ti 2gb editions, and I am able to play with the HD textures and a few mods at 55-60 FPS, even with my overclock. Texture loading and CPU usage are the two things that will lower your FPS the most.

    Do you play with high AA on?
  3. You're getting a vram bottleneck. The game uses about 1,8 GB at average on my current GTX 670 at 1920x1080.

    I couldn't max the game either on my old GTX 560 ti which also only had 1 GB of vram - you need to upgrade, your hardware is too old and slow.

    You should start by the GPU and then work your way up. Your CPU is still capable of handling todays high-end GPUs.
  4. TidusJames said:
    Skyrim is hard on CPUs. not just how many cores or threads, but one or two threads. Its a CPU intensive game. overclocking would improve your fps alot. Also, a 460 is a decent mid-low card, but im running two 560 ti 2gb editions, and I am able to play with the HD textures and a few mods at 55-60 FPS, even with my overclock. Texture loading and CPU usage are the two things that will lower your FPS the most.

    Do you play with high AA on?


    I tried with different levels of the AA (from highest to lowest), and even turning it off the game was still choppy.

    I am only running one card. So without overclocking should my current computer be able to run this (with the high textures) at a high setting, or is that not possible without overclocking my gear?
  5. lostgamer_03 said:
    You're getting a vram bottleneck. The game uses about 1,8 GB at average on my current GTX 670 at 1920x1080.

    I couldn't max the game either on my old GTX 560 ti which also only had 1 GB of vram - you need to upgrade, your hardware is too old and slow.

    You should start by the GPU and then work your way up. Your CPU is still capable of handling todays high-end GPUs.


    Okay, I'll still try and find a workaround with my current get-up but if it looks like it's not going to cut it then I will definitely start with my GPU and go from there.
  6. Get gpuz and I bet that your every bit of your 1Gb of vram is being used.
  7. GTX 460 won't play (3d game which is released after 2011) smoothly with max setting for that resolution.. (except game house games)
    And your vga didn't have 4gigs memory, it's just 1gb with addition of swapped memory from your system..
  8. Sorry yes, it's meant to be 1G and not 4G, typo on my part :)
  9. bignastyid said:
    Get gpuz and I bet that your every bit of your 1Gb of vram is being used.


    Testing it out, but you're probably right. -_-

    Anything I can do to... alleviate that?
  10. Get a better GPU or turn down the settings
  11. Arlith said:
    bignastyid said:
    Get gpuz and I bet that your every bit of your 1Gb of vram is being used.


    Testing it out, but you're probably right. -_-

    Anything I can do to... alleviate that?

    All you can do is upgrade the video card.
  12. bignastyid said:
    Arlith said:
    bignastyid said:
    Get gpuz and I bet that your every bit of your 1Gb of vram is being used.


    Testing it out, but you're probably right. -_-

    Anything I can do to... alleviate that?

    All you can do is upgrade the video card.


    Any suggestions for a mid-high video card?
  13. Best answer
    This shows some cards running skyrim @ 2560x1600
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-review,3200-7.html
  14. Thanks everyone for the hep, suggestions, and quick replies! Well, bleh, time to fork out some mulah for a new GPU... :(
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