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#1 Banjo09

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:55 PM

I have a Dell Dimension E 510, Pentium 4 CPU 3GHz, Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 256 RAM, and want to use it for playing Skyrim when it comes out.
I need to add more RAM.
Is it better to use two 2GB RAM modules or four 1 GB RAM modules?
Does it matter?

Also, can the RAM be upgraded in the video card?

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 12:15 AM

If you do upgrade your ram, Skyrim will not run as it has higher system requirements. You can not upgrade the video ram on a graphics card.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 27 October 2011 - 04:16 PM

I love The Elder Scrolls and will be getting Skyrim, here are the official specs.

Minimum Specs
Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
2GB System RAM
6GB free HDD Space
Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
DirectX compatible sound card
Internet access for Steam activation

Recommended Specs
Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
4GB System RAM
6GB free HDD space
DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher).
DirectX compatible sound card
Internet access for Steam activation

Ignore the minimum specs, those are just to get it to run. To get it to run well, you will need the recommended specs. To get it to run at high or ultra settings, you will need a system beyond recommended. Your system cannot run Skyrim as it doesn't meet the requirements for the CPU. You would also need to upgrade your RAM and get a new graphics card since the video memory on it cannot be upgraded.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 05:59 PM

So, I assume my CPU is not upgradeable and by the time I buy RAM and a new video card (and power supply) my cost benifit ratio has gone way down.
What to do? I have a good set of powered speakers and a good monitor.
Skyrim would be the "highest" needs for computing power.
Any suggestions for a bang-for-the-buck solution?
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Posted 27 October 2011 - 11:49 PM

The best way is to start from scratch by building a AMD system which will give you the best bang for your bucks.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:12 AM

Thanks,
I'll start a new post...

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