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Hi all!

I'm new to this site and i'm quite a noob when it comes to hardware. :D

Ok to my problem. I really want to play skyrim, problem it's really laggy when I play it and i'm willing to upgrade my PC to a point where I can play Skyrim smoothly. Here are my PC specs:

Processor: AMD AThlon II X2 240 @2.8Ghz
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8200 (512 MB)
RAM: 1.8G

I don't mind running Skyrim on low so long as the is smooth, the problem is even on low, its very laggy. I think the RAM is the one I need to upgrade but i'm not sure...so should I upgrade my RAM for a lagless gameplay of Skyrim?
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  1. You need both RAM and a new graphics card. If you're not trying to run it on super high settings, I recommend the gtx 460 for graphics.
  2. new processor, Video card and ram. Upgrade to at least 4 gigs of DDR3 ram, Get at least a GTX460, a GTX660 would be better and buy a 965BE and aftermarket cooler.
  3. Hello and thanks for the reply, but does getting a new processor really necessary?, I know that mine is pretty outdated, but yeah...is it?
  4. your cpu is the main bottleneck, but pretty much the whole system is a bit slow.



    The a4 3400 is the equivalent to the atlon x2 240

    the chart is done on a 7970 video card and before skyrim's multicore patch, wich pretty much raises the fps ton all quad core cpus, both amd and intel.

    If your working with a minimal budget, as stated, get a phenom X4, some more ram, and a better video card in that order.
  5. so getting some more ram and better video card but not upgrading my processor will still put the game on a laggy performance?...sorry if i'm a bit to stupid to quite understand all this stuff. :D
  6. mineralwater said:
    so getting some more ram and better video card but not upgrading my processor will still put the game on a laggy performance?...sorry if i'm a bit to stupid to quite understand all this stuff. :D


    yes. Your system will be limited by the processor speed and architecture. It's a budget processor not made for gaming.
  7. yes
  8. I see..with this in mind..I think its better if I just start from scratch and build a new PC...anyway..thanks for the answers you've all been of so much help.
  9. Best answer
    A good start for a tight budget would be the new AMD A10 APU or A8 APU.



    you could get by with just the APU (ie cpu + graphics card), motherboard and memory.

    would be reasonably priced, and upgradeable.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1076923

    The A8 5600k is $20 cheaper also.
  10. Hello again,

    i've look into this PC

    Processor: AMD Trinity A10-5800K 3.8Ghz(4.2ghz Turbo) APU Buildin GPU HD7660D
    MotherBoard: Asrock AR-FM2A55M-DGS Motherboard
    Memory: Team Elite 4gb ddr3 1333 w/heat spreader
    Hard Disk: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB Sata 3
    Casing: Core Elite Casing
    PSU: Core elite 600w psu

    the CPU is as noob2222 suggested, all this is priced at $320, is it reasonable?
  11. mineralwater said:
    Hello again,

    i've look into this PC

    Processor: AMD Trinity A10-5800K 3.8Ghz(4.2ghz Turbo) APU Buildin GPU HD7660D
    MotherBoard: Asrock AR-FM2A55M-DGS Motherboard
    Memory: Team Elite 4gb ddr3 1333 w/heat spreader
    Hard Disk: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB Sata 3
    Casing: Core Elite Casing
    PSU: Core elite 600w psu

    the CPU is as noob2222 suggested, all this is priced at $320, is it reasonable?


    I've never heard of a "core elite" power supply so that would concern me. Buy a quality power supply from Corsair, XFX, Antec, FSP or Seasonic and scrap the one that comes with that case. Price is good for what you are buying.
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