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GPU upgrade for Skyrim

Hi! New to Tom's Hardware, need some expert advice.

Goal: Run Skyrim on Max (Ultra) settings at 1920x1080 with stable 60fps on 120Hz display.

Plan: Slap in a GTX 560Ti, a Corsair TX650V2 PSU, and forget about it. (alternative: GTX570 w/ TX750V2)

System:
OS: Windows 7 64bit
Motherboard: Asus IPIBL-TX (ie no overclocking ability)
CPU: C2Q Q9450 @ 2.66GHz
PSU: Delta 460watt
RAM: 4GB DDR2 @ 800MHz
GPU: Geforce 8800GT 512MB

- Would bottlenecking from a stock Q9450 lead to something like a 5% drop in performance on a GTX 560ti/570 or something more significant? (Can't OC CPU)
- Bottom line: will a GTX 560ti or a GTX 570 (w/new PSU) run well enough in my system at stock settings to max out Skyrim at 1920x1080 at a smooth framerate, or will I need to upgrade other components?
- Assuming bottlenecking is not a significant issue, will a 560ti be sufficient or should I spring for the 570? (I don't care about headroom for the future.)
- Are there any other flaws in my plan or tweaks I should consider?

Thanks so much for your time!
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  1. I think the gtx 260 would be able to play it high, with your system. (Not ultra). This is actually the recommended gpu for Skyrim. You also have 4 gigs of memory - (the fact that it is ddr2 doesn't matter).
    Also, what OS do you have?
  2. Djentleman said:
    I think the gtx 260 would be able to play it high, with your system. (Not ultra). This is actually the recommended gpu for Skyrim. You also have 4 gigs of memory - (the fact that it is ddr2 doesn't matter).
    Also, what OS do you have?


    Windows 7 64 bit OS. Ultra settings are the goal - if possible!
  3. Best answer
    if you are looking for a reason to upgrade, dont justify it by a new game, just go get it!
    your C2Q should be ok for a 560Ti, and the rest of your system a-ok for skyrim
  4. Best answer selected by mousemonkey.
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