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November 21, 2012 8:09:18 PM

I have a HP Pavilion
Specs are:

Radeon HD 7450 graphics card with 1GB DDR3 dedicated memory

AMD six-core FX-6120 Processor

Its really laggy and I can only run skyrim on the lowest settings, so do I need a different Processor or a different graphics card to to run it on high settings, and to be nice and smooth

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a c 258 U Graphics card
November 21, 2012 8:26:06 PM

Both really but the main problem is the graphics card. That is not a card for gaming.
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a c 228 U Graphics card
November 21, 2012 8:30:25 PM

The video card is the reason your performance is so low. Stepping up to a HD7770 (or higher) would improve your satisfaction greatly.
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November 21, 2012 9:30:44 PM

What graphic card do you recommend for playing skyrim on high
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November 21, 2012 9:31:36 PM

So what video card is recommended to play skyrim and xcom on high settings
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a c 228 U Graphics card
November 21, 2012 9:46:33 PM

I would look at a HD7870 or higher. What is the wattage on your HP's power supply (on label on side of power supply if you don't know)?
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a b U Graphics card
November 21, 2012 9:48:16 PM

if the system came with a 7450, it wouldn't come with a power supply strong enough for a 7870. you could put in a 7750, it doesn't require a power connection.

if you are able to swap out the power supply, a 7850 or 7870 would be advisable.
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a c 258 U Graphics card
November 21, 2012 10:38:52 PM

I agree with an HD 7770 for a minimum with those games. However, as has been said you will likely need a new power supply anyway making something stronger more advisable. What resolution do you play at? At 1920 x 1080 I would say an HD 7850 would be your best bet for the money with an HD 7870 an even better choice if you can fit it in your budget.

Here is an excellent article Tom's does every month on the best cards for the money.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

The reason I said both in my first post is that Skyrim especially is very CPU bound. Even a processor with fewer cores like the FX 4300 will do better because of the higher clock speeds.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/skyrim-performance-...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-8350-vishera-rev...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
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