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Your PC Must Be This Powerful to Run Skyrim

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And now the figures you've all been waiting for! Bethesda's Pete Hines has tweeted the minimum and recommended PC specs for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and they're rather reasonable.

First off we've got the minimum specs, which are just enough to get you playing the game without all the bells and whistles that come from packing your PC case with cash.


Minimum PC Specs:
Operating System: Win XP/7/Vista (32 or 64 bit)
CPU: Dual Core 2GHz
Memory: 2GB RAM
Video Card: DirectX9c video card w/ 512MB RAM

See? Not that bad at all, but it you want those bells and whistles you'll need something a little meatier.


Recommended PC Specs:
Operating System: Win XP/7
CPU: Quad-Core Intel/AMD CPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 6GB Hard Drive Space
Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
Video Card: DirectX9 video card with 1GB memory. GTX 260/Radeon 4890 or higher

Okay, that's a little more painful, but not outside the realm of affordability. Hines does note on his Twitter that the recommended specs are to run the game on High, not Ultra, so there's still room for improvement.


So who's got a mighty machine ready to tame this beast come November 11?

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