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Old 03-03-2014, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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I have a 3 year old desktop running an i3 550 3.2ghz w/8 gigs ram. The PC still has integrated video and stock power supply which obviously has to go. The only game I want to play is Skyrim with all the cool mods, and maybe some Dragon Age Origins. I typically play console with friends, but those games warrant the full experience.
The PC runs via HDMI to a 47" 1080p 3d television. I want to run high settings and have it look good on that size screen. Will a $200-300 video card handle this or do I need to just build something better from the ground up?
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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A $300 video card will require a new power supply.

Since your Processor and RAM specs are *decent* this is the rare instance that upgrading just the card and Power Supply might make more sense...
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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That is good to hear. I can bump the ram to 16gb if necessary, but was worried about the i3 holding it back too much though. In regards to running through a larger tv instead of a monitor, are there resolution issues to be concerned with?

PS - I sit 6-7' from the tv with wireless keyboard/mouse.

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Old 03-04-2014, 10:24 AM
 
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If you haven't already bought that stupid game, then I say, don't do it!
I had a social life before Skyrim, not a great one but at least I had one!

All kidding aside, I agree with Peregrine, besides the video card and possible PSU upgrade, I am thinking a CPU upgrade if, of course, motherboard supports it. Playing that game with a newer i7 chip would be much better, imho.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:33 AM
 
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In regards to running through a larger tv instead of a monitor, are there resolution issues to be concerned with?
From that distance it probably won't be too bad, but remember that it's still only going to have 1920 * 1080 pixels. They are just larger pixels, so it's not like getting a much larger monitor and having a ton more resolution, it's just going to stretch what's on the screen to fit the larger space.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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Without knowing what power supply you have, this is the best card you can get without upgrading it;
Amazon.com: EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti w/ G-SYNC Support 2GB GDDR5 128bit, Dual-Link, DVI-I, HDMI, DP Graphics Card (02G-P4-3751-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-3751-KR: Computers & Accessories
The manufacture recommends a minimum power supply of 300w and the GTX 750ti does not require auxiliary power inputs. $150

For a card under $300 this is the best you can get.
Newegg.com - EVGA 02G-P4-2761-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
At $256 you will probably need a new power supply to go with it. The manufacture recommends a 500w and the GTX 760 requires two 6 pin power cables. Make sure you have the space in your case for this card though as it is 9.5" long and you will need a little space above to plug in the power cables.
This $90 650w power supply is a high quality unit (manufactured by SeaSonic) and has two 6(+2) pin PCIx power cables.
XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:20 AM
 
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If you haven't already bought that stupid game, then I say, don't do it!
I had a social life before Skyrim, not a great one but at least I had one!

All kidding aside, I agree with Peregrine, besides the video card and possible PSU upgrade, I am thinking a CPU upgrade if, of course, motherboard supports it. Playing that game with a newer i7 chip would be much better, imho.
I lost several months of my life playing it on PS3 lol. I went back and played a PS3 modded save file later on with upgraded skills, gold, carry weight etc....then I saw the YouTube videos with all the PC mods available so itching to dive into to that! I may just get the better video card for now and build something over time for the future.

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From that distance it probably won't be too bad, but remember that it's still only going to have 1920 * 1080 pixels. They are just larger pixels, so it's not like getting a much larger monitor and having a ton more resolution, it's just going to stretch what's on the screen to fit the larger space.
Good to know, thanks!


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Without knowing what power supply you have, this is the best card you can get without upgrading it;
Amazon.com: EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti w/ G-SYNC Support 2GB GDDR5 128bit, Dual-Link, DVI-I, HDMI, DP Graphics Card (02G-P4-3751-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-3751-KR: Computers & Accessories
The manufacture recommends a minimum power supply of 300w and the GTX 750ti does not require auxiliary power inputs. $150

For a card under $300 this is the best you can get.
Newegg.com - EVGA 02G-P4-2761-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
At $256 you will probably need a new power supply to go with it. The manufacture recommends a 500w and the GTX 760 requires two 6 pin power cables. Make sure you have the space in your case for this card though as it is 9.5" long and you will need a little space above to plug in the power cables.
This $90 650w power supply is a high quality unit (manufactured by SeaSonic) and has two 6(+2) pin PCIx power cables.
XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com
I appreciate the info, time to research! My PSU is stock junk, so will definitely change it out. Will take some measurements and put together a plan. Thanks!
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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As far as CPU, I think you are still good with an i3. Though it is an older i3 and is about on par with today's Pentium.

This would upgrade your socket 1156 CPU to an new i5 750 for $165.
Amazon.com : Intel Core i5 750 Processor 2.66 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I5-750BOX : Desktop Computer Central Processing Units : Electronics
The trouble with that is that you can get an i5 4430 for about $15 more and it will blow away the i5 750. (But you would also need a new motherboard for the i5 4430)
But for $75 a used i5 750 could be a fair price. The seller says it even comes with the heatsink & fan. You would need to also get a tube of thermal compound for the used CPU. That may be worth the risk in buying used.

An i7 is a waste for gaming and that money would be better spent on a better graphics card.

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Old 03-04-2014, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Yea, I agree. The current processor won't be a bottle neck with a monster video card in there.
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:33 PM
 
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I lost several months of my life playing it on PS3 lol. I went back and played a PS3 modded save file later on with upgraded skills, gold, carry weight etc....then I saw the YouTube videos with all the PC mods available so itching to dive into to that! I may just get the better video card for now and build something over time for the future.
What mods were you referring to exactly? When I found the Legendary Edition on eBay for $36, I couldn't pass it up. I didn't own another or older version of the game but the Legendary Edition got several different big mods bundled with it. I have been playing the same Wood Elf character I initially started with back in 9/2013.

I don't even wanna see how many hours I have wasted.
It'd just depress me that much more but at least at level 102, I have finally gotten a bit tired of it.

i3, as others mentioned should be good enough and I would probably not bother with a CPU upgrade, especially if CPU upgrade also meant upgrading the motherboard.

Good luck and have fun, see you back in 2015.
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