Is Skyrim too much?
My PC is rather old, but I can run skyrim at ultra settings (without anti-aliasing, and FXAA on) - but all the fades at max, and the ansiotropic filtering at 16 as well. It runs pretty well, I don't have a recording software, but I believe it's at LEAST 24fps - no tears, minimal lag. I know what 60fps looks like and this is DEFINITELY not that, but still, it's nice enough to play...
But lately my PC has been overheating while playing skyrim *(and only skyrim) - freezing up and forcing me to hard reset. Am I pushing it too far? If it runs smoothly why can't I play at ultra settings?
Not the best at computer HARDWARE - I mainly do video for a living, but still - this issue only happens with this game. Could it be the graphics card causing the freeze?
The "freeze" is a total computer lockup where the system becomes unresponsive. No ALT-TABs no CTRL ALT DELs, nothing. No button response, no mouse, no controller, nothing. Complete lock. Sometimes the sound FX hang, and sometimes just the music keeps playing.
Sorry if this is the wrong forum or a stupid question.
My settings for my PC are as follows: (it's old)
Intel Core2 Quad Q8300 @ 2.50 Ghz
Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit
NVidia GTS 250
My Skyrim Settings are
16 Ansiotropic Filtering
High Texture Quality
Low Radial Blurs
High Shadow Quality
Water Reflects All (Except Sky)
All Fades at Max
L.O.D. Fade ON - Distant Objects are high details.
For reference, I play Fallout 3 and NV on ULTRA (with Anti-Aliasing at 8X) and no problems with lots of MODS too. The freezes only happen on skyrim. Can a game cause this? Or is this just an aging platform that needs an upgrade?