Video Cards for Skyrim

#1sly_thiefPosted 12/8/2011 3:46:12 AM
I don't know a lot about video cards, so can someone please rate/compare these two for me? Trying to find a relatively cheap graphics card for Skyrim.
SAPPHIRE 100323L Radeon HD 6570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ZOTAC ZT-95TEK2M-FSL GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Thanks in advance!

#2_Zephyre_Posted 12/8/2011 5:25:52 AM
I think you should get at least a HD 6670 if you want to play it on around medium settings.
#3Dead3ye-Posted 12/8/2011 6:05:12 AM

Get a HD 6950, or two.

#4artemis21Posted 12/8/2011 6:15:47 AM(edited)
Worked fine on medium settings for me using 9500GT. 25-40 fps with all reflections on water enabled and distances in the middle slider, aa disabled, high textures and others on medium. Playing on 1.3 patch with amd athlon 64 X2 dual core 5200+ 2.71ghz, 1440x900
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#5ChoGathPosted 12/8/2011 6:06:48 AM
9500 will get you medium, and some high.

I have one of those in my other computer, it works fine.
#6riff429Posted 12/8/2011 6:09:14 AM
9500 GT here as well. You can max the crap out of the settings if you drop the resolution to something like 1024x576. It still looks just fine. High resolution isn't everything!
#7animalfruitPosted 12/8/2011 6:31:06 AM
Whatever you do, don't buy a card from Sapphire. They have terribly-inadequate coolers. Go with MSI, Asus, EVGA, or the like. Sapphire cards have been known to overheat at stock speeds.
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#8voldtektsmannPosted 12/8/2011 6:48:37 AM
i can vouch for asus! great cards!

and the 6950 would give you a lot of bang for your buck and will run this game smoothly! dont listen to the dude saying two though, dont need that, but its nice to know you can throw in another next time you want to upgrade and they are cheaper =)
#9animalfruitPosted 12/8/2011 6:54:01 AM
With ATI chipsets, you generally want the XX70 models, not the XX50 models. In general.
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#10VinderexPosted 12/8/2011 7:03:32 AM
My Radeon HD 4550 automatically chose high settings, though it was a little too laggy then. Medium quality works pretty well; there's still a little bit of lag, but it's tolerable. So the Radeon HD 6570 you're looking at ought to work well.
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