Hello to you all guys. I'm sure glad to be here. So here's my current rig:
CPU - AMD Phenom 9500 Quad-Core 2200 Mhz
GPU - Gigabyte Geforce GTX 750 TI OC Windforce
Memory - 2x Apacer 2 Gb 333 Mhz DDR 2
HDD - Samsung HD321KJ 320 Gb 7200 rpm
Motherboard - ESC GeForce 7050M-M Chipset nForce 560 Southbridge nForce 630a
Windows 7 Professional x64
So the thing is I think that something from that list seriosly bottlenecks my videocard, in particular I suspect it's the CPU. For example:
Stock GPU frequencies
Graphic settings - default high settings assigned by the Skyrim launcher.
FPS - min: 27, max 92
The same setting but the anti-aliasing off, virtually the same FPS
The first settings but with the addition of 8x transparency anti-aliasing forced through Nvidia control panel:
Virtually the same level of perfomance
After tweaking Skyrim INI to enable CPU threaded calculations in the game and telling (not literally, through INI tweaks ) the game engine explicitly I have more than 2 cores:
The first settings:
FPS: 32 - 102
So now I think that My CPU is the bottleneck.
Also, and this is very important, I have to use this software "AMD Fusion Utility for Desktops v 1.1" to enable a feature called "boost your HDD performance". If I don't do that the Skyrim FPS are effectevly a half of what I provided. I don't know how that boosting feature works but I'd like to be able to stop using it, because I suspect that it's not very healthy for my HDD.
So the HDD can also be a bottleneck.
So the question is:
Which hardware can I replace to get the full or at least the best possible advantage out of my graphics card. Or should I throw my junky PC into a trashcan and build a new one from scratch?
Thak you all in advance. Sorry for making this post a little too long
Edited by iCake, 28 June 2014 - 09:05 AM.