Hello, I've been searching for a solution to my problem for a while now.
I can only play skyrim on the lowest settings in full screen despite the game recommending the high setting, in windowed mode i can play it on medium/high setting but i dont want to play it on a tiny window.
The game gets horribly laggy on any other settings and i cant figure out why, ive tried suggested things like downloading certain mods and changings thing in the skyrim folders but to no avail.
CPU: intel core i3 2100
GPU: GeForce GTS 450
OS: windows 7 64-bit
Any help is greatly appreciated, and sorry if im missing and technical info, im not much of a PC whiz.
so apparently you can only overclock an i3-2100 a very small amount due to it being locked, such a small amount that its not worth the effort
and find it hard to believe my CPU cant handle the strain of skyrim as it is
You shouldn't find so hard to believe, because Skyrim will make best use of a quad core, the higher the frequency, the better. Your CPU is a dual core, no Turbo Boost available for it and no "K" designation, so no unlocked multiplier. For its price, this CPU's performance is absolutely great, but not for Skyrim. Maybe you should try lower resolutions than 1080p and you could crank up a bit the details and might get better results with that.
Skyrim will lag because you're playing at 1080p. I just built a PC with the exact spec as yours only my GTS450 is only 128bit and I'm just running it at 1360 x 768 on medium setting with no lag, though high setting was recommended but I opted to go medium for framerate gain.