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What graphics card to upgrade to (playing Skyrim)?

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November 24, 2011 6:49:29 PM

Hi,

I currently have a 2008 vintage system with a ATI 4850 based video card running a E8500 (Core2Duo 3.16ghz) system with 8GB of DDR2 memory. I want to get some additional FPS out of skyrim than I am getting on the current "medium" graphics setting.

What would be the best bang for the buck to get a decent boost in performance over what I have now? I was looking at ATI 6770 and 6870 based cards.

Thanks!
Chad
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November 24, 2011 6:53:43 PM

The 6870 is the best bang for the buck and it's twice as powerful as your 4850 based on gigaflops.
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November 24, 2011 7:03:35 PM

What's your resolution?
And HD 6770 is probably the cheapest card you can get that will max out Skyrim and get playable frames.
An HD 6870 is also a great card to consider.
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November 24, 2011 7:08:06 PM

I am playing it on a Samsung 24" widescreen LCD with a native resolution of 1920x1200 but I don't have a problem running at a lower resolution than native if it helps out overall enough. I am sure that I am currently running Skyrim at something less than that right now on medium settings.

Thanks!
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November 24, 2011 7:23:59 PM

Something better than the HD4850 for 1920x1200 is definitely a good idea but Skyrim is also rather CPU intensive. Overclocking that processor if at all possible would be a good idea.
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