I am possibly going to be upgrading my PC soon and I am a little undecided on what way to go when I do. First let me mention that I use my PC mostly for playing Skyrim and building 3d Models using 3ds Max. I also use my PC for college work but I don’t think that’s really an important consideration since even a laptop could handle that task. So primarily please keep in mind that this is a Skyrim PC.
That is my current custom built rig. Now, I know some people are probably thinking, “Why would you want to upgrade that system? What would be the point?” The point to upgrading is that although it would appear to be more than enough to run Skyrim and any other game it actually is not. I tweak the living crap out of my Skyrim game with HD textures, ENB graphic mods, and the works. With all those tweaks I can run at 60 fps but I experience fps drops which I think are attributed to high-def textures loading. In order to avoid those random fps drops I had to lower my AA to x4, disable Occlusion and I had to uninstall the high-def textures.
I don’t want to have to run at AA x4, I want to run at AA x8 and I want my high-def textures as well as my Occlusion. So I decided it was time to upgrade before my current parts held no resale value on the market. Question is, what do I upgrade that would wield the greatest performance boost.
I can afford to go one of two ways. I can either afford to upgrade my GTX 570 SLI config to GTX 680 SLI or I can upgrade my processor and mobo to an Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme on an ASUS Rampage IV Extreme which in turn means I’ll need to replace my CPU coolant system with a CORSAIR H80. Perhaps neither of those choices is the right one and wouldn’t serve to get the results I am looking for. This is why I came here. I don’t really know what route to take.