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Can I run GTA4 and Skyrim mods with no trouble on max?

#1Oakland510_Posted 9/29/2013 7:15:43 PM
Never used mods for Skyrim and I didn't even finish the game which I bought at midnight release and also I haven't played GTA4 in a while which I got on console. I heard GTA4 looks amazing with some mods so I wanna play it again on PC.



3.3Ghz Intel Core i5-2500K 6MB Cache Quad-Core
8GB (4GBx2) Corsair Vengeance 12800 DDR3 1600Mhz
1GB GeForce GTX 560Ti GDDR5 PCI-E Dual-DVI/HDMI
#2BowsaaPosted 9/29/2013 7:16:58 PM
You'll run into vram issues, especially with modded Skyrim.
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#3Darkcloud20Posted 9/29/2013 7:45:37 PM
Skyrim will absolutely kill your GPU because of vram issues if you use even a bit of Texture mods.
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#4animanganimePosted 9/29/2013 8:30:49 PM(edited)
I am sorry but for GTAIV that's not going to fare too well especially with some of the sexy looking mods out there
Here is a video benchmark
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y03B469c-MY
So around 50-ish which is awesome, but the benchmark is quite easy to run because everything happens at night, the second the sun comes up it's a different story
And the game is quite a bit more demanding with some of the photo realistic mods, and that guy from the video OCed his CPU to 4.7 ghz

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#5Oakland510_(Topic Creator)Posted 9/29/2013 10:33:42 PM
So can I just upgrade my graphic card in order to max them out with mods? If so what's the lowest card I need?
#6SlaynPosted 9/29/2013 10:59:56 PM
Oakland510_ posted...
So can I just upgrade my graphic card in order to max them out with mods? If so what's the lowest card I need?


Question should be how much are you willing to spend.

So you want to run a modded Skyrim, Ultra settings, 16x AA at 1080p, 60 fps?
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#7Oakland510_(Topic Creator)Posted 9/30/2013 12:06:10 AM(edited)
Slayn posted...
Oakland510_ posted...
So can I just upgrade my graphic card in order to max them out with mods? If so what's the lowest card I need?


Question should be how much are you willing to spend.

So you want to run a modded Skyrim, Ultra settings, 16x AA at 1080p, 60 fps?


$500 is the max but just let me know what are the things I need to be able to run Skyrim with those settings you listed as well as GTA4 and possibly future games
#8SlaynPosted 9/30/2013 12:05:15 AM
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-5.html

I find it to be pretty accurate. I wouldn't go based off of Skyrim and GTA4 specifically, but the best you can get for your money.

7970 or a GTX770 seem to be your best bet, which I cannot argue with. You could potentially get better performance with two GTX760's for instance, which would be around $500. Actually the performance would be VERY high, but some people don't like SLI. I have two GTX660's and I love the performance.
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#9Oakland510_(Topic Creator)Posted 9/30/2013 12:18:22 AM
I got this also

GIGABYTE GA-Z68P-DS3

I would need to upgrade it right? I remember a while ago someone told me it can't do sli. I didn't know much about computers back then and I still don't
#10SlaynPosted 9/30/2013 12:26:16 AM
Oakland510_ posted...
I got this also

GIGABYTE GA-Z68P-DS3

I would need to upgrade it right? I remember a while ago someone told me it can't do sli. I didn't know much about computers back then and I still don't


It mentions Crossfire support not but SLI. I don't remember if a motherboard still needs to specifically support SLI or if you only need two PCI-e slots, but I wouldn't change the motherboard just to use two cards. I would go with a single card.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-770-gk104-review,3519-10.html

Going by this review, the 7970 actually beat the 770 in Skyrim, but I think Skyrim heavily favors AMD cards if I recall. They are running the game at 1440p in Ultra, no mods, so 1080p with mods should be easy enough. Also I prefer Anandtech, but they didn't have Skyrim in their review. This benchmark seems a bit more accurate, putting the GTX770 ahead by a little bit.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6994/nvidia-geforce-gtx-770-review/10

I would say that the 7970 is a good buy for a single card at much less than the GTX770, and it overclocks as well. I would say you would be happy with the card for what you want...
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