I recently started modding games, particularly Skyrim.
I5 750 Intel Processor 2.67GHz
GForce GTX 560Ti Graphic Card
6GBs of RAM (3x2)
Normally I can play the game on Ultra High but since i added so many mods the game started lagging a lot in certain parts and freezing.
I thought I needed to get a better graphic card but I uninstalled all graphic mods and even lowered the graphic down to high and then to medium, and it helped a little on some parts of the game, but on other I still get massive lag and freezing, particularly areas with a lot of things or when i get into fights with a lot of enemies.
So for example lets say I get attacked by over 5 enemies when i have 3 or 4 followers o when I'm in a area with a lot of people the game becomes unplayable and choppy no matter what my graphic settings are. I also noticed if I alt+tab out of the game and then tab back in the game plays a LOT smoothing, with very little lag (thought it keeps the cursor arrow in game which is distracting and annoying).
On the other hand if I have graphics to the on Ultra High with all the graphics mods, i do notice some FPS drop and some small lagging during slow parts of the game (Walking on a road or field with not much on it) but nothing choppy until I get into places with a lot of objects and then it gets choppy and freezes a lot like usual.
So I'm ready to upgrade some components but I'm not sure what I need to fix my problem, given the fact the lowering graphics doesn't really do much and that it's large number of objects on screen (lots of enemies or walking on a street with lots of shops and NPCs) which causes the lag/freezing, is it more RAM that i need? Or is it a better processor? Or are the symptoms misleading me and i really do need a better graphic card? I used to have 8GBS of ram but 1 of my sticks died and i did noticed some performance drop, thought I had no mods back then so it wasn't that much.
If anyone has any suggestions or tips to help me figure out exactly which part i need to upgrade I'd appreciate it. Thank you.