Trying to get a perfect Skyrim, which of these GPU's are best?

Hello,
Likewise the title, trying to aim for a 40+ fps in a maxed Skyrim, 1680x1050 aa x4 af x16,
Budget is in the 150ishh range
Looking at the Palit 460 sonic, MSI 6870 twin frozr, or a gigabite 560 ti(but this is pushing my budget at 200$ after rebates)
What should I do?
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  1. Encase you are unfamiliar...

    Skyrim Recommended System Requirements

    OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP (32 or 64 bit)
    CPU: quad-core Intel/AMD
    RAM: 4GB
    HDD: 6GB hard disk space
    GFX RAM: DX9 video card with 1 GB
    GFX: GTX 260/Radeon 4890 or higher
    Audio: DX compatible sound card

    So not anything too serious, but I don't want to lower myself for future games, although the Witcher 2 and Diablo 3 are the only real games in my line of sight right now.
  2. This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Graphics & Displays by Area51reopened
  3. Ickorasunder said:
    Hello,
    Likewise the title, trying to aim for a 40+ fps in a maxed Skyrim, 1680x1050 aa x4 af x16,
    Budget is in the 150ishh range
    Looking at the Palit 460 sonic, MSI 6870 twin frozr, or a gigabite 560 ti(but this is pushing my budget at 200$ after rebates)
    What should I do?


    Im useing the MSI N460GTX 4X AA 16X AF 1440X900 all Texture filtering off the game's set to ultra. Plus ini seting to push the detail's. I avg 35FPS to 60FPS out in the woods and plan's 25FPS to 40FPS in town's I only hit the mid 20 if im trying to view a hole town at ones.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518

    My RIG
    Windows 7 64Bit
    Phenom II X4 3.2Ghz
    4GB G.Skill RAM 800Mhz DDR2
    MSI N460GTX Hawk
    ECS A790GXM-A
  4. My GTX 275 achieves very good frames in Skyrim at 1900x1200 with high presets and all the sliders maxed. I would estimate 30-60 in the outdoor areas, 30-50 in the towns and a constant 60 inside dungeons and houses, etc.

    Diablo 3 Beta runs perfect as well, constant 60 frames per second, even when there are lots of enemies on screen.

    Any of those cards you listed are better than my GTX 275 so you can't go wrong with either. I am an nVIDIA fan so I would recommend the GTX 470 or GTX 560 Ti. If you wait a little bit longer, a refreshed GTX 560 Ti will be released which may push the prices down a bit more.
  5. I don't have any experience w/ the 2 Nvidia card you listed so can't really give an opinion on what's best. I can say that the Twin Frozr II 4870 seems to be working well in my older rig for Skyrim.

    I'm running default Ultra settings @ 1680x1050 w/ only character distance detail knocked down to high and AF down to 8x. I'm getting a pretty stable 40-45 fps on a whole. I've had a few instances of a momentary bog down/choppiness (like 3 or 4) and 3 app hangs in the past week, but I'm more inclined to relate these to my CPU being sub optimal and the game needing a few fixes than GPU.
  6. I have a GTX 460 1GB overclocked to 875 Mhz and play on a 1680x1050 monitor. My CPU is a Phenom II @ 3.6 Ghz. I can max the game with the Ultra preset with just shadows moved down to High. I go over 40 FPS the vast majority of the time (only drops below it in NPC heavy areas of towns).

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500202

    Meets your budget.
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