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AMD FX 4100 vs i7 920 for skyrim?

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November 12, 2011 7:30:12 PM

Ok so building new pc, got no parts so far.
but should i end up buying lets say a top of the range GPU, 8gb Ram, 1920 x 1080 monitor etc. which one would be better for Skyrim?
cheers :D 

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November 12, 2011 7:40:53 PM

I would say i7 920...but really you should go for the i5 2500k and overclock like mad. Reviews seem to say Skyrim likes all the ghz you can get.
November 12, 2011 7:44:40 PM

bulldozer is a flop. i own a 955be and im glad i stayed with it. why buy the older gen 920? an i3-2100 will due just fine. if you have the money an i5 2500k will last you a few years. gpu wise i use a 6950 2gb and skyrim looks great on ultra. people are having odd performance issues with 580's and sli and crossfire at the moment. so wait for new drivers. 6870 on up is what i recomend.
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November 13, 2011 8:35:20 AM

get a sandy bridge. i7 920 is a dead end, and bulldozer is not a good gaming processor. both 920 and fx4100 will bottleneck your future high-end GPU.
core i5 2500k is for now the best gaming processor for the bucks.
November 14, 2011 12:24:20 PM

I am running Skyrim with virtually all settings turned up, on a Phenom II 945 @ 3.2GHz, 4GB DDR2, and a GTX 460 video card

It runs really well. Skyrim isn't a real system hog, as long as you have a decent modern video card and a quad-core CPU, you should be fine
November 14, 2011 1:36:30 PM

x4 955 gtx 570 3.00ghz 4.2ghz

Average Framerate: 72.87 Average Framerate: 78.77
Max. Framerate: 107.12 Max. Framerate: 121.55
Min. Framerate: 53.52 Min. Framerate: 60.75
GO WITH A X4 9** ITS ALL YOU WILL EVER NEED
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November 14, 2011 1:54:42 PM

Yeah, it's not surprising that Skyrim is not demanding. It has been designed to run on both consoles and the PC from the beginning so that generally means minimum system requirements to run the game should be modest.

I wonder what other games will be using Bethesda's Creation Engine...
November 14, 2011 2:49:01 PM

I'm not sure but I do feel bad for everyone who went out and got some $500 Intel CPU and sli 1GB video cards JUST for this game which seems to be running fine on my secondary machine (Core 2 Duo @ 3.4/3GB DDR2/9800 GT 512MB - the system I upgraded from)

In other words, to answer your question yugimon, get a mid-range AMD system that will run Skyrim and Crysis 2 at full settings, and save your money for another upgrade later. You'll have two systems for basically the same price that you'll spend building ONE super-quality system now

It's like the argument I had with this Ford dealer. He was convinced that I should get a brand new Mustang GT, but it's simply not cost effective when you can get a 2006 for a third of the money, and just wait a few years for the 2011 model to come down. Phenom II chips were an arm and a leg last year, now you can get them for next to nothing - and they will run ANYTHING.
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November 14, 2011 3:09:41 PM

ch3rok33jo3 said:

It's like the argument I had with this Ford dealer. He was convinced that I should get a brand new Mustang GT, but it's simply not cost effective when you can get a 2006 for a third of the money, and just wait a few years for the 2011 model to come down.


But you don't get that new car smell and the crushing realization that the car has depreciated by 50% as soon as you drive it out of the dealership.
November 15, 2011 12:11:07 AM

jaguarskx said:
But you don't get that new car smell and the crushing realization that the car has depreciated by 50% as soon as you drive it out of the dealership.


Only if you buy a car from the big three ;) 
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November 15, 2011 12:19:44 AM

ch3rok33jo3 said:
It's like the argument I had with this Ford dealer. He was convinced that I should get a brand new Mustang GT, but it's simply not cost effective when you can get a 2006 for a third of the money, and just wait a few years for the 2011 model to come down. Phenom II chips were an arm and a leg last year, now you can get them for next to nothing - and they will run ANYTHING.


Only problem is that the 2006 GT is nothing like the 2011 GT. A 5.0 V8 pulsing with power under the hood, its a whole different machine. Plus the 2011 looks a bit better to me.

But if I had the money and choice it would be a 67 Shelby. Just something magical about Eleanore.

inanition02 said:
Only if you buy a car from the big three ;) 


Its not as bad as it used to be, for Ford at least. They have made a lot of good chocies (new 5.0 V8 GT, European Focus/Fiesta and a Mondeo based Taurus) so their cars are holding their value a bit more. I can't say the same for GM/Chrysler though. Taking the bailout money hit them pretty hard.

As for the OP, I run Skyrim maxed (minus AA as it kills performance, waiting for a patch/driver update) on a Q6600 @ 3GHz and a HD5870. I would say at least a HD6870 is in order GPU wise and a 2500K would be pretty happy.
November 15, 2011 12:43:03 AM

jimmysmitty said:
Its not as bad as it used to be, for Ford at least. They have made a lot of good chocies (new 5.0 V8 GT, European Focus/Fiesta and a Mondeo based Taurus) so their cars are holding their value a bit more. I can't say the same for GM/Chrysler though. Taking the bailout money hit them pretty hard.



True - the new Fiesta and Focus are really nice - particularly in the hatchback trims. Time will tell regarding value though. That said, I'll take my Subaru, which is nearly 2 years old with 24k miles and still worth over 80% of it's sticker according to KBB. And worth 90% of what I paid after getting a great deal :) 
November 15, 2011 2:48:15 PM

Please, continue hijacking this thread for vehicle purposes xD
November 15, 2011 4:19:51 PM

yugimon121 said:
would the HD 6790 1GB be good enough should i use an i5 2500k and 8gb ram?
Not looking for Ultra settings (maybe high/very high)
but seeing as this guy can play at max settings with those specs I guess mine will run well?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FyQLfe4ny0&feature=rela...


Sorry about that. I would say you should be fine with the 2500k, 8gb of ram and 6790. You probably wont be able to use antialiasing but you can use high/very high detail.
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November 16, 2011 1:02:24 AM

yugimon121 said:
Please, continue hijacking this thread for vehicle purposes xD


As I said above, a 2500K and a HD6870 would be the best combo. Or wait for the HD7870 which should provide a bit better performance and use even less power.
November 16, 2011 4:23:10 AM

jimmysmitty said:
Only problem is that the 2006 GT is nothing like the 2011 GT. A 5.0 V8 pulsing with power under the hood, its a whole different machine. Plus the 2011 looks a bit better to me.


True story!

Sorry for starting a car bunny trail hah
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