Graphics Cards - As mind boggling as the chicken and the egg?
Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:52 AM
Recently I decided to get Skyrim for PC as it was 50% on Steam even though I already have it and completed it on Xbox, because I fancied adding mods as I did to my lovely Oblivion.
Anywho, enthralled with excitement, I failed to think 'Would it work well?' it was in the back of my mind, well in the end I managed to get 10 fps whilst running. I assumed it was some settings that were affecting my game as my brother had recently bought this Gaming PC. It was a build, Galaxy 3 body with a Cyborg Gaming Keyboard, R.A.T. 3 mouse and a HP 2311x monitor. These are the specs:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Intel Core i5-2380P CPU @ 3.10Ghz, 3401 Mhz 4 Core
ATI Radeon HD 5400
1Terrabyte Disk Drive
8 GB RAM
It runs most of my usual games, Team Fortress 2, Garrys Mod, Mount & Blade: Warband etc well as expected since they aren't really 'graphic heavy' games and focus more on the simplicity and gameplay, rather than beauty.
Anyway, to the point, I was told on the Nexus forums that my graphics card was holding me back, the HD 5400 series is apparently out of date compared to the 6000 and 7000 series being produced. But I didn't like the idea of having to pay an arm and a leg for a £100-200 graphics card when the PC with all this together was about £400-600, as well as money being tight at the moment. So after hours of searching for graphics cards, almost frying my brain, I picked out a few but in the reviews it's all 'expert jargon' speaking of '2.1 hubs connected to the 30.5 Ghz 0203io53 cisco kelskf 020202 system' which isn't helpful to someone who just wants to play a fantasy game without interruption or lag.
So which of these is the best to be able to run Skyrim on Ultra detail or just High detail?
GeForce GTX 650 1024MB GDDR5 - $104.99
GIGABYTE GV-R677D5-1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - $89.99
MSI AMD Radeon HD 7770 1024MB GDDR5 - £86.99
MSI AMD Radeon HD 7750 2048MB GDDR3 - £69.98
SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY Radeon HD 7770 - 1 GB GDDR5 - £80
Or any you reccomend that aren't there? I want to get a graphics card that goes 'above and beyond' preferably so I won't have to update it anytime soon + when the PC gets older, it won't just fail on me.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:00 AM
http://www.uesp.net/...em_Requirements Maybe something in the 7770 range.
Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:35 PM
Also if you have any huge problems with fps you might want to consider disabling shadow effects, antialiasing effects etc. Those drain alot of graphics memory on many different games.
Hope it works out for ya man.
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