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I ran Skyrim on a 5760x1080p display setup on my GTX 680 with super heavy textures and ENB.

Max VRAM usage I was able to get was 3800MB.

For single 1080p I'd suggest a 670/7950 or above. This game is really CPU intensive so there is a bottleneck, it's going to be the 930. And you might want to consider, if at all, a processor with huge single-thread performance rather than 4+ cores because Skyrim utilizes only two threads anyway.
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I don't think I'd shell out the cash for a 780 just to play Skyrim @ 1080p. A 7950/760 should do fine and you can even grab a 4GB 760 if you're that worried about VRAM.
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Originally Posted by tomxlr8 View Post

Hello. I'm about to build a new computer for gaming.

My current PC is:
i7 930
GTX470 SLI
1080p

Skyrim with lots of hd texture mods and ENB bring it to its knees.

Could anyone please comment from experience whether
4770k
GTX 780
will be ok for 1080p modded skyrim? or should I shell out for SLI?

Besides this one game I can't imagine anything else needing SLI at this resolution as most other games still run fine on my current setup at high settings. Which would mean I'd hold off with SLI until I can get the 780 on ebay for half price.

Thanks.

Get a card with more than 3 gb, its not enough if you heavy mod skyrim, @GTX TITAN Owners' club, theres reports of almost 5gb of memory with heavy mods...
If you got the cash go for a Titan, if not and dont mind going red, 7970 GE 6GB or GTX 680 4gb make pretty good deals nowadays even SLI or Crossfire!

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If it was me, I'd get a GTX 760 4GB [Extra Vram for the mods] and though I doubt you'll really need it you can SLI that. Full Review is of 2GB version.










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Get a card with more than 3 gb, its not enough if you heavy mod skyrim, @GTX TITAN Owners' club, theres reports of almost 5gb of memory with heavy mods...
How is that even possible? Skyrim is a 32 bit game, no?

Anyway, you'd have to really, really, REALLY love modding Skyrim to buy a $1K video card just for that.
post #16 of 63
stick with your 930. it is strong enough. more than enough. oc it to 4GHz and get this at the price of a 760 but the power of a 770 . . .

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Thanks for the additional advice.

WRT more than 3GB vram, I've read the same posts around the net but every single time this is people playing with 3 monitors; often one of the monitors being 1440p and even with 3D on. I've never heard of anyone playing on a single monitor at 1080p going past 3GB.

I've read lots of reviews on 770 SLI or 760 SLI and I guess the only reason I'm leaning on 780 is because of the new architecture I (perhaps naively) assume it will stretch for longer. In 18mths I can SLI it for half price. With 770/760 I'd be SLI'ing it straight up I guess.

In Australia a Titan sets you back $1300. A 780 is $800. So it's a pretty big difference.

I like the last post about sticking with current rig . I've got a Thermalright HR-02 cooling it at the moment and overclocking it is just plain frustrating. I'd have to shell out for a case to house a W/C setup I suppose, then the W/C kit.
HOWEVER, that would defeat my argument of buying a new rig "every 3 years" because...you know, kids need it to be fast for school wink.gif or something like that. I've gotten by for 15 years getting a new PC every 3 years, can't risk breaking that cycle. It could turn into an unmitigated disaster that haunts me for the rest of my life.
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Thanks for the additional advice.

WRT more than 3GB vram, I've read the same posts around the net but every single time this is people playing with 3 monitors; often one of the monitors being 1440p and even with 3D on. I've never heard of anyone playing on a single monitor at 1080p going past 3GB.

I've read lots of reviews on 770 SLI or 760 SLI and I guess the only reason I'm leaning on 780 is because of the new architecture I (perhaps naively) assume it will stretch for longer. In 18mths I can SLI it for half price. With 770/760 I'd be SLI'ing it straight up I guess.

In Australia a Titan sets you back $1300. A 780 is $800. So it's a pretty big difference.

I like the last post about sticking with current rig . I've got a Thermalright HR-02 cooling it at the moment and overclocking it is just plain frustrating. I'd have to shell out for a case to house a W/C setup I suppose, then the W/C kit.
HOWEVER, that would defeat my argument of buying a new rig "every 3 years" because...you know, kids need it to be fast for school wink.gif or something like that. I've gotten by for 15 years getting a new PC every 3 years, can't risk breaking that cycle. It could turn into an unmitigated disaster that haunts me for the rest of my life.

at stock it will prolly bottleneck the 7950. how much more a 780?

edit: get a H80 or something better . . .

http://www.overclock.net/t/538439/guide-to-overclocking-the-core-i7-920-or-930-to-4-0ghz

had a 950 at 4GHz with 1.18v awhile back. it was lovely.
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post #19 of 63
it's hard to "judge" what card/vram you need for modded skyrim since it's entirely on you to decide how much is enough for your budget. you can always pick and choose which texture mods are worth using vs worth buying more vram for

just be sure to use the texture pack optimizer (or something like that, I forget the exact name) - compresses what textures you have and really cuts down a bit on vram usage

for those that think buying a 780/Titan just for Skyrim isn't worth it - how is it much different than those who upgrade just because their rig can't max out Crysis 3 or Metro LL? The only difference I see is that Skyrim is actually the most enjoyable to play
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for those that think buying a 780/Titan just for Skyrim isn't worth it - how is it much different than those who upgrade just because their rig can't max out Crysis 3 or Metro LL? The only difference I see is that Skyrim is actually the most enjoyable to play
Skyrim just isn't a very demanding game. It can eat up a lot of VRAM with texture mods but it doesn't require a ton of GPU horsepower.

Why spend $650-$1000 when you can get a $250 card with 3 or 4GB of VRAM that will play it just fine?

And for the record I'm enjoying Metro:LL waaaay more than I ever did Skyrim. But then I generally prefer games with stronger narratives.tongue.gif
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