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Question

Okay But What Does it Actually Do

Jan 15, 2017 1:53PM PST

So I've been cramming information into my skull for a long while, and I understand in which ways I can upgrade my pc and what they will "technically" do for me, but what in real terms? How do I shorten my Skyrim loading screens? How do I get 60+ frames in 1080p? How can my Fallout 4 quit bogging down to load textures mid game? I have a GTX 970, an Intel I5, an Elgato capture card, and plenty of RAM and VRAM.

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May have to give up capture.
Jan 15, 2017 2:05PM PST

Capture can double the load in both CPU and GPU.

So that alone could get you most of the way to 60.

But load times are a combination of CPU, RAM and disk speed. Are you on SSD yet? It's time given that 480GB and slightly more cheap drives are now under 99 bucks here and there.

The i5 is fine until you told me you do capture.

Post was last edited on January 15, 2017 2:19 PM PST

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Dang Flabbit
Jan 15, 2017 2:13PM PST

That helps a lot, so getting an SSD would help load times? Like, huge difference or small difference? Also I'd like to start a lets play channel, so if I wanted to keep the capture card, would I have to upgrade to an i7?

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SSD speeds are night and day here.
Jan 15, 2017 2:21PM PST

Not going back. As to the CPU, you would have to start task manager and do some work capturing and then go and see if the CPU topped out.

-> There are also ways to lighten the load. Reduce resolution and settings (gamers tend to know this so I stop here.)

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Sorry?
Jan 15, 2017 5:51PM PST

What do you mean by night and day?

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Here's an article about SSD HDD speeds.
Jan 16, 2017 8:13AM PST