Will an old PC run Skyrim?

It’s not always easy to find out if an older PC is capable of running newer games, so in case anybody’s searching for it, I’ll throw this out there:

Skyrim runs acceptably on my Intel Pentium D 3.4GHz. The computer also has 4GB of memory and a newer graphics card, a two year old ATI Radeon HD 4850 GDDR3 512MB. Although the game got a bit of a reputation for being underoptimized, I thought it performed surprisingly well given my hardware specs.

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guest Sat, Dec 8, 2012 9:10 pm

That's really not a bad pc, that ati is very good video card old yes but is not bad at all it on par with the HD5770 for example, and 4gb is the standard amount of memory the only "bad" thing is the cpu.

Skyrim is really buggy (really even with all the gb of patches and fixes) but for me is not underoptimized there are better games more optimized engines but is not that bad

e11 Tue, Dec 11, 2012 2:16 pm

I think the main bottleneck at this point is that the motherboard has a PCI Express x16 1.1 interface where the video card uses PCI Express x16 2.0.  They're compatible but the 2.0 interface would provide up to twice the bandwidth.

This creates an issue with things like detailed textures, but other than that, once everything's loaded to the card it's great.  Still not quite enough to play Grand Theft Auto IV, unfortunately…

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