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Can i Play Skyrim or do i need a upgrade?

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November 18, 2011 1:16:05 AM

Hey Guys, i want to buy skyrim but im not sure if i wil be able to play it with my current setup. i was looking and was thinking about buying a GTX 550ti because of the price and being a good graphics card. So here are my specs:

AMD A6 3600 cpu
AMD 6530d Graphics
6GB Ram

so is that enough?
what settings do you think i can play on?
Should i upgrade to the GTX550 or somthing else?

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November 18, 2011 7:00:08 PM

If you want to upgrade then better upgrade to GTX560 TI
It has far more performance boost than GTX550
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November 18, 2011 7:40:31 PM

yes, but could i play it now?
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November 18, 2011 8:07:50 PM

On lower settings, yes. Just don't expect it to look great.
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November 18, 2011 8:59:06 PM

You could defiantly play it but it would require fairly low settings.
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November 18, 2011 11:08:09 PM

If I want to play on high to ultra setting what car should I buy?
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November 19, 2011 3:07:51 AM

That would depend on your budget but I would defiantly recommend the 560 over the 550.
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November 19, 2011 4:11:03 PM

Thought the Gtx 460 plays all games, so does the 6770 and cost 35$ less and offers equal performance. If you tweak Skyrim enough, it should look nice with that card and frame rates should be excellent. Getting the trinity version of your cpu should be ample to play Skyrim on great settings. Put it this way, if Intel HD 3000 aka i5-2300 sandbridge can play skyrim at medium settings under right configuration though at lowest resolution 800x600 framerates dipping to 25 occassionally be mostly 30+, then your CPU can definitely do it; as it is known to be twice as good. Still trinity is going to be flawless and come out around March 2012. Previously was thinking of getting a cheap sandybridge 2 core celeron which are fast + 6770 GPU which would come at 170 + tax, or should I wait for Trinity and will there be that same CPU at 100$ which is a steal; probably not, probably at 120. The biggest problem when buying from AMD is that in each generation there CPU speed does not improve; so by waiting you gain some and you lose some. Conclusion, haha, I am waiting for Ivy bridge which will be released sooner or at the same time as production commenced in October. Will get the lowest cost 4 core variant which will ship with fastest graphics Chipset; Intel doesn't completely milk us haha. I know I will be able to play skyrim perfectly albeit still at lower resolutions, but also has Quicksync and faster CPU. It can play BF2, BF3 COD black ops, starcraft 2, Skyrim, The Sims 3, Resident Evil 5, Need for Speed shift, left 4 dead and hopefully farcry 2 etc at lower resolutions. If you need high res, then go with 6770 for sure. or Trinity in crossfire mode with a compatible GPU; the latter should be game proof several years, but only good for gaming; some games might choke the CPU too much.
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November 19, 2011 4:35:08 PM

so if i were to buy a GTX 560ti what kind of FPS and settings could i pull off
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November 19, 2011 5:26:56 PM

The 560 will be able to run high settings and probably ultra with a few adjustments, however Skyrim can be very CPU dependent on high to ultra settings.
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November 19, 2011 11:40:35 PM

what exactly does cpu dependent mean?
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November 20, 2011 1:03:16 AM

And I'm guessing I need a new psu because I only have a 300w
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November 20, 2011 2:05:21 AM

Hey there,

Have a look at Tom's article on Skyrim requirements. To play it on high to ultra high settings you need at least a tri-core 3Ghz plus CPU and a gtx 460. it depends now on what resolution you want to play but this suggested setup would run flawlessly on high settings 40+ fps at 1920x1080. You'd need a new 500W PSU too just to make sure.

Hope this helps mate!
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November 20, 2011 4:04:51 AM

Okay so what kind of fps would I get with a GTX 560 and on a 1300x768 resolution
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November 20, 2011 9:45:37 AM

You'd get 60+ fps on ultra IMO. But still you may need to change your PSU.
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November 20, 2011 4:45:19 PM

Skyrim demands a lot from the cpu , so higher your cpu speed, the better but a good GPU will definitely help like others have suggested. But as is, I imagine you can run it at 1280x720 (720p) at medium/low setttings fine. The game still looks great in those settings although your draw distances will be fairly low.

If you want to add a video card, your options are limited with a 300w psu but here's one that should fit the bill if you don't want to upgrade your power supply.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 100324L Radeon HD 6570 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card 79.99
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November 21, 2011 1:08:52 AM

tekmage said:
Skyrim demands a lot from the cpu , so higher your cpu speed, the better but a good GPU will definitely help like others have suggested. But as is, I imagine you can run it at 1280x720 (720p) at medium/low setttings fine. The game still looks great in those settings although your draw distances will be fairly low.

If you want to add a video card, your options are limited with a 300w psu but here's one that should fit the bill if you don't want to upgrade your power supply.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 100324L Radeon HD 6570 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card 79.99

I was planning on changing my psu to a 650w
Does that mean i would still have to play at med settings?
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November 21, 2011 2:13:35 AM

Well, changing to a 650w psu will allow you to get a better dedicated video card then the one I listed above so the answer would be no What kind of budget do you have in spending on said video card?
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November 21, 2011 3:20:56 AM

Well like I said in the previous posts, I was going for a GTX 560ti
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November 21, 2011 3:43:55 AM

that should do fine.
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November 21, 2011 4:34:34 PM

Okay any suggestions on a 560ti's and psus?
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February 8, 2012 6:37:44 AM

To get better performance with an AMD FM1 board I would recommend upgrading the CPU to the Quad Core A8-3850 or A8-3870. This will also upgrade the video to Radeon 6550. That's a boost in performance in both CPU & GPU for the one price.
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February 9, 2012 10:40:46 AM

I'd wait for trinity
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