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November 7, 2011 1:33:48 PM

Hello! I am very unsure about computer tech-stuff, So I'd be very happy if you could help me figure out which graphics card I should get to run Skyrim on the highest possible settings (or if I can update my graphics card at all).

I have a Packard Bell IPower X2.0 that I bought in 2009:

The specs are:
Manufacturer:
Packard Bell
Processor:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory:
9216MB RAM
Hard Drive:
618 GB
Video Card:
2x NVIDIA GeForce GT 230.

As mentioned before, I'd be happy to know what card I should get, or if its even possible to replace the old ones with a new better one.

Thank you :) 

*Edit* I may not have been able to give you the correct informations you need to help me (forgive me!). If I miss something, please say what info you need and I shall do my very best to provide with more information.

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a c 143 U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 1:56:39 PM

Skyrim is not a demanding game, the recommend GPU is HD 4890 and one of the old nVidia GTX 200 series.

So whatever your resolution is, Any mid range GPU such as HD 6850/70 or GTX 550/60 will do a great job in that game.
November 7, 2011 2:12:02 PM

Thank you for your reply, ilysaml. I will have a look into the cards. And they seem to be rather cheap aswell!
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a c 143 U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 2:15:48 PM

Tell me, is this a Desktop machine or a laptop ?
November 7, 2011 2:34:09 PM

It's a Desktop machine from 2009
a c 143 U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 3:07:42 PM

Ah, okay. so as i recommended a 6850/70 will almost max out the game @ high settings.
Also, you have a good CPU. IF you get a high end GPU such as HD 6950/GTX 560Ti you'll be able to play BF3, Crysis 2, Deus Ex HR @ ultra setting and max out them.
November 7, 2011 3:15:39 PM

Thank you for pointing that out for me. Hopefully I will be certain what to get now. Thank you again for all your help, Ilysaml. :) 
a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 3:17:27 PM

Nobody knows what graphics card will be needed to run the game maxed out yet. The game is out in a few days so you may as well wait and see what the benchamarks are like before wasting your money on a card that might not be good enough.
a c 143 U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 3:37:03 PM

The recommend GPU to play the game @ high settings is HD 4890, HD 6850 is faster than that. I'm pretty sure the OP will run the game smoothly even @ 1080P @ high settings.
The HD 6850 maxed out Deus Ex HR with everything @ maximum @ 1080P with 57FPS avg. Deus Ex is more demanding than Skyrim.
November 7, 2011 3:38:54 PM

Please indicate the rating of your power supply and does it have any pci-e connectors.
a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 4:24:33 PM

ilysaml said:
The recommend GPU to play the game @ high settings is HD 4890, HD 6850 is faster than that. I'm pretty sure the OP will run the game smoothly even @ 1080P @ high settings.
The HD 6850 maxed out Deus Ex HR with everything @ maximum @ 1080P with 57FPS avg. Deus Ex is more demanding than Skyrim.


The "Recommended" specs are usually well below what is actually needed to play with Ultra/Max settings.

Like I said OP the game is out in 3 days, you should wait for the benchmarks before spending your money, thats is what I recommend you do.
November 7, 2011 5:32:34 PM

Hello friends, thanks for all your replies.

I reckon it would be a good idea to wait until the game comes out to figure out which card to get. I got a question about my Power supply aswell, and I'm afraid that I dont know what I'm looking for. So I took a few pictures of the inside of my computer, including a close up of the powersupply. Hopefully that will answer some questions.

I'm just afraid that my computer from Packard Bell isn't 'upgradeable' at all. Atleast I couldn't find those pci-e connectors howardp6 mentioned above.

I also wrote down what was written on my powersupply, in hope that it could clarify to an answer aswell :) 

Album of the computer -> http://imgur.com/a/AeUFo

The info on the Powersupply is:

AC Input: 220-240V~, 4A, 50HZ
DC Output: 400W
a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 5:40:32 PM

Are you wanting to know if your PSU will run your new graphics card? or are you wanting to know if you will be able to change your PSU?
a c 125 U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 5:42:38 PM

I would recommend sticking with Nvidia, simply because it obviously supports SLI. In theory it should support CF as well but it's possible it doesn't. Anyway, in the same tier as the 6850 is the 550 Ti or 560 (non Ti).

I would probably suggest a 560.

Also, I would recommend a PSU upgrade simply because they tend to ship their PCs with crap PSUs. Even just a Corsair 430CX should be sufficient.
November 7, 2011 5:43:53 PM

Both if possible. If the PSU aren't able to run a new graphics card like the HD 6850, I'd have to get myself a new PSU aswell I belive.

If it's too weak to run a new Graphics card, and I can't change my PSU, then a new computer would be the only solution to run newer games like Skyrim and such.

Sorry for all the troubles I'm giving.
a c 125 U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 5:53:01 PM

PSU's are easy to swap :) 

Just make sure you plug everything back in.
November 7, 2011 5:56:53 PM

Fantastic, thank you. Do you think the PSU I have will give enough power to run a graphics card like the "MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti 1GB PhysX"?
a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 5:58:59 PM

Well as far as I know, your PSU is 400w and has two +12v rails both with 17 amps so you have a total of 34 Amps which may be sufficient to power a new graphics card such as the GTX 560 but I wouldn't recommend it. I would advise you to buy a new PSU and as long as the PSU you have now is standard size you will be able to replace it with a new one.
a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 6:00:10 PM

bommy said:
Fantastic, thank you. Do you think the PSU I have will give enough power to run a graphics card like the "MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti 1GB PhysX"?


A 560 maybe but a 560Ti is pushing it too far in my opinion
a c 125 U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 6:01:00 PM

I agree with gothems. Also, 560 Ti is a really great card and all but you can definitely save some cash by getting the non-Ti version. It's a bit slower but still a really nice card.
a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 6:14:43 PM

The 560ti is a great card, and will be good with this game. Before buying a power suopply, I want to urge caution and pay for a quality unit.

Here's a couple on the 500W range that would be good:
Antec Earthwatts:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Silverstone:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC power and cooling, 7 year warranty:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ modular:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not sure if you can order from newegg, but I'm sure you can find one of these models in your area.
a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 6:50:53 PM

wolfram23 said:
I agree with gothems. Also, 560 Ti is a really great card and all but you can definitely save some cash by getting the non-Ti version. It's a bit slower but still a really nice card.


Despite what people are saying, if you have anything less than a 560ti or 6950 and try to play on ultra settings... ... You're asking for it to stutter. Unless by Ultra you mean everything Ultra then 4xAA

edit: 6950 1GB version is the same price ~ better up front than a 560ti and requires less power. A much better solution.
a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 10:07:09 PM

Gothams Finest said:
The "Recommended" specs are usually well below what is actually needed to play with Ultra/Max settings.

Like I said OP the game is out in 3 days, you should wait for the benchmarks before spending your money, that's is what I recommend you do.


The 260 and the 4890 were for high to ultra settings. Keep in mind this game is made for the 360, so i see no more than dx10 for the game. IMO, the 6850 would do you some good!
November 9, 2011 10:01:56 PM

Hello everybody, and thank you for all your feedback. I have now chosen a new Graphics Card and a new Power Supply, and after many hours of "Uuhh, I hope thats supposed to go there", I successfully installed both, and my computer runs like a charm.

Atleast Battlefield 3 is running amazing on High settings, which will be enough for me. Hopefully Skyrim will be able to run on some of the highest settings aswell, which I'm sure of thanks to the lovely feedback I got here.

Again, Thank you all again for guiding me to the right path for a good Power Supply and Graphics Card. :) 
a c 125 U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 3:48:09 AM

That's great bommy. What did you buy?
a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2011 9:10:30 AM

Congratulations. I wish you lots of enjoyment with your new graphics card. What did you go for in the end?
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December 14, 2011 8:11:49 AM

bommy said:
Hello everybody, and thank you for all your feedback. I have now chosen a new Graphics Card and a new Power Supply, and after many hours of "Uuhh, I hope thats supposed to go there", I successfully installed both, and my computer runs like a charm.

Atleast Battlefield 3 is running amazing on High settings, which will be enough for me. Hopefully Skyrim will be able to run on some of the highest settings aswell, which I'm sure of thanks to the lovely feedback I got here.

Again, Thank you all again for guiding me to the right path for a good Power Supply and Graphics Card. :) 


Hi, Bommy, can I ask what power supply you bought? I have the exact same beast of a computer and I'm looking to replace the power supply with one that works in the US on110v. Any help?

Thanks
!