I am quite new to modding (there's a pandemic, I got bored) and while I haven't yet decided whether to attempt the full STEP LE install, I've found the instructions and other resources to be incredibly helpful in figuring out which end is up, so thanks to everyone who worked on them. There are a lot of guides and articles out there but not all of them are as clear and easy to follow.
I have both a specific and a general question related to achieving acceptable performance on an older PC. Mine is at least younger than Skyrim itself, so I've got that going for me. It runs unmodded Vanilla absolutely fine.
I was confused by the system requirements listed in the guide since if you look at the Tom's Hardware CPU hierarchy, there are i3s and i5s all up and down the list.
This is what I've got:
AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz
12 GB RAM
So, I'm fine on RAM and the graphics card but I can't figure out how my processor stacks up against what the guide is asking for. Can anyone help with that question?
My second, more general question is -- how can I make an educated guess whether a mod or a particular combination of mods will work on my system? Obviously, I won't want to try anything extremely graphics intensive but is there a way to sort of figure out where the line is other than trying things one by one?
I welcome suggestions for general reading on this topic too.
Thanks and I hope everyone is keeping safe and well!