Just one. Now let's read Toms about the i5 vs. i7 and driving 3 GPUs.
"Our tests demonstrate fairly little difference between a $225 LGA 1155 Core i5-2500K and a $1000 LGA 2011 Core i7-3960X, even when three-way graphics card configurations are involved. It turns out that memory bandwidth and PCIe throughput don't hold back the performance of existing Sandy Bridge-based machines. "
OK, so you have the 780 and want a little more punch. I'd read a few googles like:
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1790790/optimized-nvidia-control-panel-settings-gtx-780.html is a good read.
Then again, the 980 is one fine card.
So recently I have been adding a bunch of mods to my Skyrim game as I would like to play it again but I've already played the crap out of it in its original form. My game currently locks in around 52 FPS and won't component would be causing this? My initial instinct was that it was the CPU since its having to process all those extra entities. Is this correct? I plan on upgrading to a 980ti at the end of this year and am looking into possibly upgrading my CPU as well. Would upgrading my CPU provide higher framerates in this situation? I know usually CPU upgrades only provide a few frames but clearly this is a special situation that is bringing my computer down to a crawl. Also, if i were to upgrade my CPU, what would be the best CPU to upgrade to? I would prefer to stay on the LGA1150 platform so I don't have to buy a new motherboard as well, unless I could make huge gains by switching to a specific CPU on a different socket.
I have done some monitoring in and out of these high density modded areas and have noticed that my CPU usage jumps around from 60-90% usage, maybe occasionally spiking to almost 100 when I am looking around rapidly. This is initially why I suspect this could be the bottleneck. Is there a way to measure GPU usage? Currently I can only observe via EVGA Precision X that the fans ramp up to 80-90% speed. My ram sits around 6.9 GB usage so even though I play on expanding to 16GB as well, I don't think this is the issue.
CPU: Intel i5 4670 k
Motherboard: ASUS Gryphon Z97 LGA1150 DDR3 mATX
RAM: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
Boot Drive: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Main Drive Currently Being Used For Skyrim: Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200RPM 64MB CacheSATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
PSU: Cooler Master i600 - 600W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Bronze
GPU:EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card
Any help, insight, explanation, or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.