Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:03 AM
Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:05 AM
Just wanna point out that while extreme STEP does need a pretty good card, you are still limited by the 3 GB RAM limit of Skyrim so if you get a beefy card and download the highest res mods, you will end up crashing all over the place and will have to lower the texture resolution anyway regardless of how good your GPU is. Believe me, I bought a 7970 for extreme step and found out the hard way :-/
Hi guys, not sure if you remember me. I disappeared due to work and real life, but here I am again and I have a question for you.
I had been running STEP on my computer with these current parts:
[CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W Power Supply](https://www.newegg.c...N82E16817139010)
[GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GeForce GTX 470 1280MB x 2 in SLI](https://www.newegg.c...N82E16814125338)
[Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz](https://www.newegg.c...N82E16819115225)
[Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0](https://www.newegg.c...N82E16811129021)
[Western Digital WD Black 1TB 7200 RPM Internal Hard Drive](https://www.newegg.c...N82E16822136284)
[G.SKILL 6GB 3 x 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 PC3 12800](https://www.newegg.c...N82E16820231225)
[ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard](https://www.newegg.c...N82E16813131359)
[ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2, CPU Cooler 92mm PWM Fan](https://www.newegg.c...N82E16835186134)
120G Intel SSD Hard Drive
And I wanted to upgrade a bit to try to run extreme STEP. My question is this, can I just buy the new GTX 770 or do I need to replace the processor, board, and ram. My budget isn't unlimited so I'd rather just spend it all on the graphics card, but I was hoping for some input. I have built my pc before, but I am not great at figuring out what I really should go with. Any help is appreciated.
PS. Looks like you guys have put together a terrific set up here!
EDIT: Also, your links don't work
Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:21 AM
Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:47 AM
The limiting factor in your setup are your graphics cards. I had a setup similar to yours with dual GTX 470 1.25GB in SLI and upgraded to a single EVA GTX 680 4GB and now have close to constent 60 FPS even with ENB. With the previous graphics cards I could not run ENB at all or I would be at 8 FPS. You will have to optimized textures though or you will easily run into the 3 GB RAM limit and CTD.
Well that's unfortunate.
How to people run extreme step then? Any advice on the cpu though? Would it be a limiting factor at all?
Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:49 AM
Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:57 AM
Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:07 AM
Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:09 AM
I honestly don't think the 770 or 780s are worth it. Correct me if I'm wrong but I read somewhere that a 780 is only ilke 25% better than a 7970 ghz? Also, they cost about $250 more. If you overclock a 7970 ghz you can easily get a 15-20% boost which would make it slightly worse than a 780.
You might like to take a look at the article I posted here: https://forum.step-p...=38025#pid38025
Its general advice on upgrading ready for next gen games. I agree with their conclusions.
My advice is also that if you are going to upgrade, look to a graphics card with plenty of vram. You can easily add more ram later, and it remains to be seen how significant a CPU upgrade will be.
BUT, my best advice would be to wait a bit longer if you can. As the next wave of GPUs come out, there could be some very good deals on the current models.
Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:25 AM
Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:28 AM
Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:34 AM
Yes I'm not overwhelmed by these new cards, but my point is that they should drive the price of the current models, and there could be some deals. For example, the new 770 is priced at 400 bucks - same as the 670, which must surely now be looking at a price drop, and is an excellent card.
I'm honestly not upgrading until the new 8xxx series come out from AMD. I think AMD has an excellent opportunity to improve. If they improve their drivers as well then they'll be golden. I was considering buying another 7970 ghz but I honestly dont want to have to deal with crossfire ever again.
Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:55 AM
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