Skyrim 30 Fps-58 FPS?!

Hi Team,


I have a rig of .

GTX 690
AMD Phenom II x4 2.8 Ghz,
8 GB RAM (OEM)
1 TB 7200 RPM
Win 8.1

I have modded the game, but it does not include any graphical mods.

I put all the settings on Ultra, but I should at least hit up to 60fps with GTX 690.

What is going on?

If I have a bottleneck please tell me and advise me which part I need to upgrade.

Please give suggestions such as I-5 3570k (with specifics)
BeenardinoAsked:
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☠ MASQ ☠Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes but with Titans out there I wonder if nVidia will continue to develop Quad SLI support given the small improvement in performance in linking top-end twin cards compared to $$ spent.

I certainly wouldn't invest in a second GFX card right now.  If you want to SLI later a suitable second card would be cheaper to buy then than now.

"future proofing" gaming rigs is IMHO like buying those cosmetic products that promise younger looking skin.  Eventually, no matter how much you spend, the wrinkles will start to show.

But I am getting the impression money isn't a big issue ;)
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
What framerates were you getting with the vanilla Skyrim install?

DVD or the Steam version?
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BeenardinoAuthor Commented:
Same fps (as mention above) on the steam install
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Which nVidia driver version are you on?
And which mobo?
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BeenardinoAuthor Commented:
Lastest drivers. Just downloaded the new driver yesterday.
Dell OEM it only supports AM3 cpus but I am willjng to upgrade mobos for better cpus
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
So an XPS Desktop? It does look like bottleneck is CPU/mobo - have you tried clocking the Phenom?  You should be able to get it up above 3GHz, maybe as high as 3.4 and still run stable.

Are you using the Dell stock PSU?  Will the GTX690 be able to pull enough power (at max it requires around 300W)

What fps do you get on "High" rather than "Ultra"?

You could change the CPU for another AM3 but I'm not sure you're going to get a significant improvement and changing the board will prob mean new RAM as well as CPU

"I put all the settings on Ultra, but I should at least hit up to 60fps with GTX 690." On what hardware platform?  The X4 830??

If you do upgrade then an Intel LGA 1155 would still be a good entry level budget gaming board and for gaming the Intel chipsets and CPUs still have a significant edge over AMD.
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BeenardinoAuthor Commented:
I see masquerade. If i wanted to upgrade to dual 690s which cpu would you recommend and which mobo?
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Maybe a Z77 board with a good i5 but do you really want to SLI a pair of GTX690s?  Even at 5760x1080 over three monitors you're not going to see much difference at Ultra and 4x AA in Skyrim - I'd stick with the one card and invest the savings from not buying a second!!
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BeenardinoAuthor Commented:
Lol i definetly dont want to buy a another 690 for skyrim. Its just for future proof. Would you still recommend the z77 board and i5 for dual 690s?
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BeenardinoAuthor Commented:
Lol, your correct at that i think it would be better to buy a 790 when they come out ratjer then get dual.

However if you were to dual would you still use an i5 and z77 mobo?
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
It will work but I wouldn't do it personally because of the poor performance per $ improvement ratio I've already described
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BeenardinoAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much for your time and i apologiew for making you answer the same question twice.
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