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March 5, 2012 9:10:17 AM

I put together a computer in 2008 for word processing, and now I want to play Skyrim on it.

It is a micro atx board compatible with amd am2+, and am3 processors up to 95w that i am keeping.
And it has 4 gigs of ddr 2 that i'm not going to replace.
And a decent collermaster 460w ps.
With bad onboard graphics.

The processor is dual core Athlon x2 2.5ghz, not fast.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

now the question, Can I stick a new graphics card in it and expect to play Skyrim ok at maybe 1080p resolution?

HD Radeon 6670 for 80+$?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or should I be getting a CPU that is a litter faster, and a graphics card that is a little faster to widen the bottleneck a little?

Athlon X3 3.3GHZ for 80+$?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and HD Radeon 6770 for 110+$?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for the advice.
a c 80 U Graphics card
March 5, 2012 9:32:06 AM

there is no such thing as a decent coolermaster 460W power supply. Its an extreme power plus isn't it? They are horrible
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a c 80 U Graphics card
March 5, 2012 11:21:10 AM

OK. Its only rated for 324W at 12V. It fails to deliver its rated power, and lies on the label which is typically. But at least its not an extreme and shut down instead of blowing up.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-El...

That being said it should handle an X3 and 6770.
however the 7750 is the same price, with similar performance and lower power. 6770 might be a tiny bit faster. Probably a toss up.

7750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

5770 in skyrim (its the same as a 6770). there's some benches of the 7750 in skyrim in the 7750 review.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/skyrim-performance-...

A triple core 3.5 should be playable at ultra and you can always turn the detail down a little or go for a light overclock.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/skyrim-performance-...

I think you'd want both the CPU and GPU.
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March 6, 2012 2:29:58 AM

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