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#91 Neovalen

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 03:17 PM

Well the important thing is (and the reason why I decided on 3gb) is because when you are heavily modding Skyrim, you can easily go over 2GB vram if you have enough texture packs installed (just ask Neovalen). While the extra memory may not come into play for other games, it does come into play for Skyrim with tons of texture packs.

This is most definitely the case, with just Beth HRDLC (half normals) + SRO 2k (unoptimized atm) I can hit over 2GB VRAM around Windhelm. Most places lower but Windhelm is a killer for resources and where I am doing the majority of my stress testing. I haven't even gotten to weapons, armor, characters, FX, etc yet with my latest round of testing. For modded Skyrim I'd certainly say 3GB is a great thing to have.


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#92 Aiyen

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 06:38 PM

It is most properly a great thing, however my tests show that it is not strictly required. However for your silly resolution Neovalen then it most properly is! :P With lower resolutions then it should not matter. I only run at 1650x1080 and I have verified that I could run the game just as stable as Neovalen could, but I would get lower performance in terms of stuttering, and loading in new cells. I only have the 2Gb model of the 660. However as I think I stated in some other thread, then VRAM does matter, but the exact amount is really fuzzy. The only thing I know is that if you go to 1Gb or below your game will stutter so much that the game engine just crashes eventually due to a massive bottleneck. Also windhelm is a fine place to test, but as we found out in some other threads then falkreath and riverwood are still also prime candidates since they contain cells with varying terrain types, hence far bigger texture loads.

#93 Neovalen

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 08:53 PM

Agreed on River wood and Falkreath but they were both lower in my testing thus far.
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#94 Asimov

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 11:07 AM

Just an update. Went with a 770 GTX 4 Gb Overclock. OMG...so much faster than my old set up. Loading up full STEP this weekend. Looking forward to what I can handle. 
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#95 DoYouEvenModBro

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 11:16 AM

Just an update. Went with a 770 GTX 4 Gb Overclock. OMG...so much faster than my old set up. Loading up full STEP this weekend. Looking forward to what I can handle. 

Yea, I imagine it would. I have a 7970 3gb ghz and it runs great. Good luck modding. 
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Posted 19 June 2013 - 03:41 PM

Think about the 3.1 GB RAM limitation...
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Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:58 AM

I honestly thought and went through it about a million times in my mind and then said, ahh **** it. Hopefully it works out well. I think it will. I probably over spent a bit but o well. Thanks for everyones input. 
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#98 rootsrat

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 09:13 AM

I honestly thought and went through it about a million times in my mind and then said, ahh **** it. Hopefully it works out well. I think it will. I probably over spent a bit but o well. Thanks for everyones input. 


Please refrain from using NSFW words.
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#99 Vond

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:12 AM


I honestly thought and went through it about a million times in my mind and then said, ahh **** it. Hopefully it works out well. I think it will. I probably over spent a bit but o well. Thanks for everyones input.


Please refrain from using NSFW words.


I won't bother arguing (much ;) ) about this, but things like this have always made me curious.. Is that really an issue in the US? I know that in general we are more "liberal" when it comes to swearing in Europe, esp on tv and so on, but I can't imagine why that post would be considered nsfw


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#100 DoYouEvenModBro

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:15 AM

 

 

I honestly thought and went through it about a million times in my mind and then said ahh **** it. Hopefully it works out well. I think it will. I probably over spent a bit but o well. Thanks for everyones input.


Please refrain from using NSFW words.

 


I won't bother arguing (much ;) ) about this, but things like this have always made me curious.. Is that really an issue in the US? I know that in general we are more "liberal" when it comes to swearing in Europe, esp on tv and so on, but I can't imagine why that post would be considered nsfw


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I'm in the US. What word did he use? I only care about NSFW pictures on my PC screen like nudity or weird stuff while I'm at work. My manager isn't going to read what I'm typing or reading on a forum. Also I just switched bosses and unlike my micromanaging previous manager who yelled at me for sending a text message, this new boss doesn't seem to ever check up on me nor care what I'm doing :P as long as I complete my work.


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#101 rootsrat

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:15 AM

Because I replaced the 'F' swearword with the stars ;)
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#102 Vond

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:18 AM

Because I replaced the 'F' swearword with the stars ;)


Yeah I figured that bit, which is what made me curious why using the word would be considered nsfw. I completely understand pornographic content, but apart from that there's nothing really considered nsfw here atleast :)


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:40 AM

Well, maybe you read posts from this forum with your children nearby? Anyway, as for me, I've got the graphics card that I wanted (660), and I'll be installing it this weekend, along with a operating system reinstallation (because it's getting quite cluttered over on my computer). Gonna also try out Windows 8 as well.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:59 AM

Windows 8 is really not as bad as people make it out to be especially if your hardware supports it. I have yet to try it on my Desktop (Windows 8 Ready Motherboard) but even with fast boot disabled on the 5400 RPM HDD of my laptop (I use my SSD now) it only took maybe 30 seconds to boot. Which for those that don't know is comparable to the slowest Linux. Plus once you have a start menu replacer life's smooth. I do need to install the SSD in my Desktop though I just keep going back and forth on buying the Student Edition of Windows 8 Pro ($59.99) since I do still need to replace my GFX card since my desktop's GFX card is puny.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 11:05 AM

Windows 8 is really not as bad as people make it out to be especially if your hardware supports it. I have yet to try it on my Desktop (Windows 8 Ready Motherboard) but even with fast boot disabled on the 5400 RPM HDD of my laptop (I use my SSD now) it only took maybe 30 seconds to boot. Which for those that don't know is comparable to the slowest Linux. Plus once you have a start menu replacer life's smooth. I do need to install the SSD in my Desktop though I just keep going back and forth on buying the Student Edition of Windows 8 Pro ($59.99) since I do still need to replace my GFX card since my desktop's GFX card is puny.

Is there any reason to upgrade from windows 7 to windows 8? I mean I don't really want to do it if there's no point. I was also under the impression that windows 8 was more geared towards tablet pcs and touch screens. 
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