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April 7, 2014 10:26:55 AM

Hi,

Im trying to build a computer to play Elder Scrolls online as smoothly as possible without putting a ton of money on the machine. Right now the game works fine with everything on normal and high, i'd like everything to be put to MAX and still work great.

I have this setup right now:

OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
Intel Pentium G630 Sandy Bridge 2.7GHz LGA 1155
BIOSTAR B75MU3+ LGA 1155 Intel B75
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Would the GTX 760 be a huge graphic improvement or is the rest of the system to low to really perform well with it? If the card alone isn't enough, what else should i be changing to make it work? I don't mind spending a few extra hundred dollars if it's truly worth it.

If the GTX 760 would work,which version should i buy? There seems to be a lot of different version out there with different price tags, i just can't seem to figure out which one i should buy between all of them.

Finally, is the GTX 760 the best choice (bang for the buck) for Elder scrolls online with everything at MAX? If not, what would you suggest? I'd rather not go over 350$ for the video card. But obviously if someone tells me that for 400$ i have a LOT better, i'll just put the extra money.

Thanks you very much gentlemen,
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April 7, 2014 10:33:32 AM

you can get an evga superclocked gtx 750 for $90 after rebate on amazon right now.
that's about 50% faster tahn you 6850.

I wouldn't go much past that with your weak processor. your CPU is going to bottleneck you in a hurry
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April 7, 2014 10:35:12 AM

Honestly, your CPU will bottleneck the graphics card.
The CPU is not good enough for the GPU to preform at its best standard.
I would recommend upgrading the CPU to a i5+ before upgrading to a good card like that.
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April 7, 2014 10:37:48 AM

lowriderflow said:
you can get an evga superclocked gtx 750 for $90 after rebate on amazon right now.
that's about 50% faster tahn you 6850.

I wouldn't go much past that with your weak processor. your CPU is going to bottleneck you in a hurry


this is a good point. The other option is go big on the GPU and live with the bottleneck, but upgrade the CPU asap down the road.
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April 7, 2014 12:18:29 PM

Alright. What would be the best ''budget CPU and motherboard'' to go with the GTX 760 in this case? Like i've said i've no problem putting a few extra hundred dollars if need be.

I've read somewhere that the Intel Core i3-4340 was quite good for gaming as a budget cpu, is this true?

Thank you gentlemen.
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April 7, 2014 6:23:26 PM

what games do you play? or plan on playing?
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April 7, 2014 10:11:28 PM

Elder Scrolls Online.
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April 8, 2014 8:25:35 AM

LordPM said:
Elder Scrolls Online.


if its anything like skyrim itll only run on 2 cores primarily, so the i3 would be better. but for SERIOUs multitasking, id put the 6300 up to the job any day. Word processors and web browsers are both very lightweight and will be no stress for either of the chips. what i mean is like gaming, and running a background virus and malware scan, and logging temps, fraps ect, then cores start to shine. i prefer the 6300 because its more rounded i feel, the i3 is better for simple apps.
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