Best Answer lelouch_luffy , 27 March 2014 - 09:36 PM
If you follow the STEP guide and don't use an ENB, then yes, you might be able to use this card just fine. I'd estimate you'd get in the 30-40FPS range. However, that's not what was asked so I answered based off what you were wanting to do.
If you're looking to upgrade, it all depends on how much you're wanting to spend. I recently bought a GTX 760 4GB for around $300 and eats a STEP modded Skyrim up and spits it out like child's play (I'm not currently using an ENB though). Even chews up Crysis 3 on very high settings and keeps it in the 50-55FPS range. However, I doubt you're wanting to spend that kind of money. You can find a GTX 650Ti for around $130 or a GTX 660 for around $190 right now. Both are good cards and are the previous generation so they'll last you a good while longer.
Comparable cards on the AMD side are going to be your Radeon 7850 and 7870 which will run you between $160-$200. However, the Radeon R270 may give you slightly better performance over the NVIDIA cards mentioned above for around the same price.
The Radeon R270X should out perform all of the above mentioned cards for around $200.
Thank you. I believe you guys. But for testing purposes I'm going to install an ENB and use Skyrim Performance Moniter to see what goes on. I think I'll try one of the ones Gopher is thinking of using for the next chapter of his LP. "Natural lighting and atmospherics". I just want to be able to show the performance log with the enb to my bro and he might suggest good video cards too. I know that Gopher has a good video card and didn't take much of a performance hit after he turned off depth of field in live testing. I would like to know how to display a question as "solved" like I've seen by some of the other ones. (Gopher has HD DLC optimized, and Skyrim HD 2k textures)Go to the full post