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  1. ryanl809

    ryanl809 Thread Starter

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    Hey, I don't know if upgrading my graphics card will help with my slight lag on Skyrim and other games, my specs are:

    CPU: QuadCore Intel Core i5-2400, 3.3 GHz
    Motherboard: Pegatron 2AC2
    Ram: 6GB DDR3
    Video card: NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT 1GB

    Would an upgrade of my graphics card help?
    If so could you point me to a good one that will work with me and not be over $130ish. Thanks.

    PS: If the card you wnt to point me to is over my price limit check http://www.memoryexpress.com/ !:)
     
  2. fel1x

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    CPU: QuadCore Intel Core i5-2400, 3.3 GHz is probably the best place to start with first, you should consider disabling the bios function of limiting the multiplier. the lag is very likely that but to disable may mean heating issues, warranty etc

    try your mobo supplier for a bios overclocking software which you can run only when playing the game

    re your card , it is old hat but still good compared to many out there

    your cpu will at times of lower demand during the game de clock to half that 3.3
     
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    Woah, the CPU is fine and you don't need to tweak any settings in the BIOS. It does throttle down when performance is not need to reduce power consumption and reduce heat but that doesn't happen during gaming. A second generation 3.1/3.4Ghz quad core is more then sufficient for Skyrim.

    The Graphics card on the other hand is very weak.

    From here: http://www.systemrequirements.in/system-requirements-for-the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim.html

    A Geforce 9400GT isn't close to the recommended Geforce GTX 260 or Radeon HD 4890 that is recommended for Skyrim.
    See here where the GT 9400 stands in comparison to the 260 or 4890: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-card-radeon-geforce,3085-7.html

    You ideally should be looking a Geforce 460 or 550 and higher. For AMD cards a Radeon HD 5850 or 6850 and higher to get the best possible results.

    Depending on what power supply you have you may need to upgrade that too to support the graphics card, 500 watt minimum from a quality manufacturer such as Corsair, Antec, Enermax, or OCZ to name a few.
     
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    Am I right in thinking your computer is an HP? If so you will defiantly need to upgrade the PSU as your curent one is probably only 350w ish. It is deferentially worth doing tho as a new graphics card will make a world of difference.
     
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    It's a desent graphics card but not amazing howether it should be able to play skyrim no problem :)
     
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    Well I posted the requirements for Skyrim, they recommend a Radeon 4890, which is about the same as the newer 6770. Yes, you can go lower but if you aim for the recommended then you get all the high quality graphics, higher framerates, and smoother gameplay. Plus you won't be a buying another card in a few months when a new game comes out needing a more powerful cards.

    The Radeon 6670 would be acceptable, but a Geforce GT 440 is well below the recommended cards.

    Here's a Radeon 6770 for $106.99($91.99) after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131434 It's a bit cheaper than the 6850 and not far off from its performance.
    Here's one from your site: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX33945

    You still need to check the power supply, if its the stock HP power supply then you'll need a new power supply as well.
     
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