Originally Posted by raghu78
OP wait till HD 9950 / HD 9970 launches. once perf reviews are out you can decide. What motherboard and psu do you have ? Do you have a AM3+ motherboard which supports FX- series CPUs. if you do then I would suggest selling the Pheniom II X6 1055 and getting a FX-8320 and overclocking it to 4.5+ ghz. also you need a quality 550w PSU with 45A on +12v rail if you want to get a HD 9900 card and overclock it further.
My mobo is awful, 790FX chipset so I don't even have SATA 3. PSU is also bad (coolermaster God of War series). I'd upgrade mobo, but it does it's job and the cost of getting a better one is too much for the benefit. I'll sell the whole rig in a year (hopefully) see what I can get for it and start over but with decent components.
Originally Posted by Aparition
When you load up Skyrim check your CPU usage. If you are %100 on all cores, then look at GPU usage if your at %100.
If say your at %100 cpu but only %80 on GPU then you will get more frames with a faster CPU, and be similar performance with a faster GPU.
If your at %80 cpu and %100 GPU then you'd benefit from a faster GPU.
I'm not sure how well Skyrim uses the CPU so its not an exact science but that is the general idea to see where your system is struggling.
As another user pointed out getting a faster CPU and Xfiring another 7870 would also be a good investment, and probably cheaper.
Skyrim is really bad at multithreading. The main game thread is at 100% on a single core, that's the bottleneck. I recently OCed my CPU and in game stutter dropped hugely while fps saw a slight increase. I find it hard to believe that a much better graphics card wouldn't help though - but GPU is at 100% so isn't the issue.
Xfiring with another 7870XT is a no go, they only have 2GB VRAM, 3GB is minimum.
Originally Posted by TheRoot
No point, I've got Tahiti LE now so performance boost will be minimal as I don't want to crossfire.