This got a little long. Bear with me or read tldr :)
First thing to note is that I have a Nvidia GTX 1080 (8gb) and a 3k res screen (Its a laptop though, 17" and not perfectly ventilated).
Anyway, I'm following the step guide. I've made it to 2.G Landscapes and Environments, and glancing down this list, and beyond to the other sections, I see that the guide stays away from the highest quality versions of the mods listed, choosing 1k over 2k and 2k over 4k. I understand why of course, but I have a few questions.
Can I choose the highest quality versions (up to 3k ofc) of all the mods in this guide without any issues? Can I assume that the guide chooses the resolutions it does purely to avoid being resource intensive? Or is it an issue of the trade off in performance just not being worth it for the HQ versions?
What kind of performance drop can I expect forgoing a faithful step installation to an all HQ one? Can a 1080 handle it? What about with another 50 - 100 mods on top of the step process? ENBs and city overhauls and grass/tree mods and all them sweet sweet pretty people mods.
Maybe you can tell, but I've never had a good computer, and this will be my first game on it. Even worse, I've not even stepped into the game for any meaningful amount of time yet. I have no idea of what I can expect from my laptop "rig" yet, and while I'll have figured it out at the end of my modding journey one way or the other, a heads up from more experienced modders and computer nerds would help me out greatly.
TL;DR: Can I choose the highest quality versions (up to 3k) of all the mods in this guide without any issues? What kind of performance drop can I expect going forgoing a faithful step installation to an all HQ one? Can a 1080 handle it? What about with another 50 - 100 mods on top?
Thank you for your time.
Edited by wordflow, 17 July 2017 - 06:46 PM.