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Should I upgrade my video card for Skyrim???

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November 8, 2011 12:39:58 PM

Hello,
I have a AMD Radeon HD 5870 and wanted to get your guys opinion on upgrading for Skyrim. Will this card handle that game on high setting? Will the difference be substatial enough to garner an upgrade?

Thank you,

Will
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November 8, 2011 12:59:37 PM

What about the other specs?
I think we should wait until that game is release to see it's hunger of resources... :) 
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November 8, 2011 1:21:39 PM

wa1 said:
What about the other specs?
I think we should wait until that game is release to see it's hunger of resources... :) 



These are my other specs: Intel Core i7 930 Bloomfield 2.8 Ghz (no Overclocking), Asus P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 MB, CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower, HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5, CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2, G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB, Kingston SSDNow V+100 SVP100S2/96G 2.5" 96GB SATA II, Samsung F3 1 TB
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November 8, 2011 1:30:56 PM

Did you even look at the system requirements. Skyrim is a console port. They just added improved textures for pc. If this doesnt answer your question then ask yourself. Is my pc more powerful than an xbox 360? Probably so.
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November 8, 2011 1:39:20 PM

Hello,

It really depends on the resolution you will be using. I would guess you'll be able to do 1920 x 1080, though with low filters. 1680x1050 should be feasible with AA and AF. Also, it's not a good timing for an upgrade, if I were you I'd try the game first, and wait on the upgrade untill after christmas.
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November 8, 2011 1:42:12 PM

Best answer selected by elitewillie.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 1:42:36 PM

You have a solid setup there, buddy, I'm sure you'll get a high fps for that game. :) 
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 1:54:18 PM

You'll have no problems unless you are running some insane resolution. Why did you select Musissokah as BA anyways?
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November 8, 2011 3:15:58 PM

I can run battlefield 3 on ultra at 2048 x 1152 with my saffire toxic 5850 with great frame rates.
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November 8, 2011 3:17:23 PM

^ Liar.
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November 8, 2011 3:18:46 PM

acerace said:
^ Liar.

thor220 said:
I can run battlefield 3 on ultra at 2048 x 1152 with my saffire toxic 5850 with great frame rates.


Doesn't surprise me so much, as I'm running 6048*1080 on high-ultra with a 6970
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 3:36:22 PM

Well, so my knowledge is not enough.
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November 8, 2011 3:49:22 PM

acerace said:
Well, so my knowledge is not enough.

Don't make accusations if you haven't checked your facts. :non: 
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November 8, 2011 3:52:09 PM

My bad, Im sorry thor220.
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November 8, 2011 4:11:44 PM

Ok, so I take back my word. 5850 will not handle BF3 on ultra at that res. I have no proof but AFAIK the 5850 don't have that much horsepower.
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November 9, 2011 12:44:02 PM

thank you guys for the reply's Im probably just gonna hold off and see how it plays.
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November 12, 2011 1:01:24 PM

What everyone seems to be missing here is the core of almost all fps issues when gaming with a semi decent rig. Please note, every pc is as good as its weakest component. If you have a decent GPU, PSU, CPU, RAM, MB, etc, then 9 times out of 10 it's your HDD... Unless your HDD is a SSD or 10000rpm WD raptor (which will nly give you 33% more than most) its your shitty 7200 HDD causing all your issues. Think of it as a connected system, where the weakest component bottle necks the rest.

Also your overriding graphics config (sli, xfire, CCC settings etc) can affect your gpu. Although if your gpu, CPU etc can cache, R/W etc though ram to the HDD faster than the HDD can respond and act, again that's your HDD's problem..... unless you have no idea about the associated drivers and software.

Also ensure when you update your gfx driver you do a clean sweep. Especially with ati. Oh, don't forget the files they store in the registry too.

One more thing.., sorry. The components temperature dramatically affects performance. Especially gpu. So make sure it's not over heating more than speced on full load. With put liquid cooling it's all about air flow... Cool pushing though the front and fans pulling the hot through the back. pc gaming 101.

BR
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