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Advice on Skyrim/Future Build.

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November 8, 2011 1:59:33 PM

Looking to do a little upgrading for skyrim and maybe a little future proofing (not possible I know just makes me feel better about dishing out the dough).

Evga 580 3gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130655

Asus Gen 3 Board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131792

Gskill 8gb ddr3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428

I50-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

Will be playing on Hp Zr30w 2560x1600

Any advice would be much appreciated want to make a decision by the end of the day so i can get it by friday Thanks
a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 2:02:47 PM

Looks good!

Perhaps a bit overkill on the video card, but then again you will be running on a huge screen.

What PSU are you going to use for this? make sure that it can push out AT LEAST 600-700 watts, and is from a reputable company. A cheap 1KW unit is no better then an reputable 500 watt model.
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 2:03:33 PM

What you have listed here will be potent haha.

What advice are you looking for? Do you need a PSU, Case, looking to save money?
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November 8, 2011 2:08:09 PM

I guess i am looking for advice on the overall build will they work good together is there something I missed and is there something better for the same price or a little more that would be worth changing out. I have a silverstone. Pretty sure it is a silverstone 750 but no for sure will look at it before hitting submit purchase for sure but i know it is a 750 and a good company.
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 2:13:46 PM

Well personally I would also add an SSD, and perhaps I would spend less on graphics, however, if you've got the cash to burn, go for it.

Your PSU also seems good. Not worried about that. Just make sure it has a high enough amperage on the 12V rails.
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 2:14:27 PM

Yep, Silverstone is a good company, you should be fine.

2500k is the best gaming CPU out there at the moment (especially once it's oc'd) So for sure stick with that.

The GTX 580 is also the best single GPU solution out there at the moment. I think you will be happy with both. If you are looking to save money, a GTX 570 or HD 6950/6970 would also likey be able to max Skyrim out.
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 2:16:54 PM

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Well personally I would also add an SSD


SSDs are great for boot times and load times. They are also easy to add at any point. If you need to boot fast, Grab a SF-2200 SSD, but personally I would get what you have listed for the Skyrim launch, and look for black friday deals before you spend a bunch on an SSD
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 2:19:59 PM

True, SSD is easy to add at any later point, just needs a reinstall.

Not helpful for FPS, but is useful for general system snappyness! :) 

Either way you go, you'll have fun with that rig!
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 2:26:09 PM

What's your current video card? The PC build looks good, but you might want to hold off on a new GPU for a couple months if your current one is still serviceable. Its possible that in conjunction with the i5-2500 you may get enough of a boost in FPS to get you by until the new Nvidia and AMD releases (which I've heard rumored from both around December or early in the new year).
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November 8, 2011 2:33:47 PM

My current rig right now is a hd 4870 with phenom 9850. Which is why I am looking to upgrade. Do you think i will need the 3gb vmem in order to run skyrim at that resolution?
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 2:36:37 PM

No, you won't need 3GB VRAM,

I'm running 6048*1080 with a 2GB 6970 and it run's fine with most games. 3GB is overkill, but eh, why not?
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 2:44:41 PM

You wouldn't need 3GB for Skyrim. Depends on the price difference. If you want the 3Gb to be safe, (for more monitors in the future, or higher amounts of game textures) then go for it. If you want to save some money go with the 1.5Gb
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 3:08:51 PM

Hold of a few more days until Skyrim is released to make up your mind on the GPU. Your current system will definitely be able to run the game on "high" settings and if you are unhappy with that, then a GTX 580 should be able to satisfy your needs.
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November 8, 2011 3:13:53 PM

Warmacblu said:
Hold of a few more days until Skyrim is released to make up your mind on the GPU. Your current system will definitely be able to run the game on "high" settings and if you are unhappy with that, then a GTX 580 should be able to satisfy your needs.


You really think my old ass 4870 and 9850 will be able run skyrim on high at 2560x1600?
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 3:14:00 PM

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Your current system will definitely be able to run the game on "high" settings


I don't think a 4870 (not sure on the VRAM) could run High settings at 2650x1600 (<- that's a lot of pixels). Maybe medium or low would be more realistic.

Also, I think the point was to have it up and running by release day.
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 3:14:37 PM

N.Broekhuijsen said:
No, you won't need 3GB VRAM,

I'm running 6048*1080 with a 2GB 6970 and it run's fine with most games. 3GB is overkill, but eh, why not?


Sadly I think that Nvidia cards tends to deplete easier VRAM than AMD cards. Can't explain this, but that's a feeling after read many reviews in the last years.
Maybe, just maybe, a GTX 580 can deplete it's standard 1,5GB in resolutions like yours. In this case I would recommend the 3GB card for OP
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 3:17:23 PM

vitornob said:
Sadly I think that Nvidia cards tends to deplete easier VRAM than AMD cards. Can't explain this, but that's a feeling after read many reviews in the last years.
Maybe, just maybe, a GTX 580 can deplete it's standard 1,5GB in resolutions like yours. In this case I would recommend the 3GB card for OP

Interesting, Haven't heard of that before.

Either way, If you're buying a whole new machine, the couple of bucks difference from 1.5-3GB should be a nobrainer anyways, since it's only marginally more compared to the total sum
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 3:25:07 PM

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Interesting, Haven't heard of that before.


I haven't heard this either

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Sadly I think that Nvidia cards tends to deplete easier VRAM than AMD cards. Can't explain this, but that's a feeling after read many reviews in the last years.


Can you reference any of these reviews or is it just a feeling you have? I have never heard anything like this before.
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 3:33:11 PM

Check this link out guys:

http://www.behardware.com/articles/844-1/geforce-gtx-58...

At the resolution you will eventually want to run at, you will need SLi anyways in order to get playable frames.

I think your 4870 will be able to play the game on "high" settings at 1900x1200 but not at your current resolution. I would still recommend waiting and maybe turn down the resolution or setting until we know what cards will be able to play it at your resolution.
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November 8, 2011 3:37:32 PM

Im smiling just thinking about Skyrim. I can understand the urge to upgrade but with new GPU's coming soon, any big dollar purchase may be regretful later. Anyway, Huzzah! Elder Scrolls fans, the adventure will soon begin!
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2011 3:41:28 PM

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Check this link out guys:

http://www.behardware.com/articles [...] round.html


Nice comparison. Like I said, you won't need the 3Gb for Skyrim.

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You really think my old ass 4870 and 9850 will be able run skyrim on high at 2560x1600?


I don't think he was suggesting you don't buy any of the upgrade. Just that you buy the non-GPU components to see how your 4870 performs with the new hardware. And no, you won't be able to run high at 2560x1600.

If you want to pump up your Gfx on release day, I would get the GPU with the rest of your stuff, but if you want to save money, you could update the rest of your core components and see how your 4870 performs like Warmacblu said.
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November 9, 2011 1:01:40 PM

Well I took the plunge and hit the submit button!

Final Build

Msi Lightning 580 3gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair HX750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GSkill 8gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus Gen 3 board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i5-2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I figure you only live once and whats the fun of waiting around to play games maxed out. Figured if I wanna play games not maxed I might as well play ps3 :) 
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a b U Graphics card
November 9, 2011 1:12:56 PM

Nice, I can't wait for Skyrim.

You'll have mo problem maxing things :) 

If you are done here, please close the thread (by selecting a best answer)
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