Well, I might be of some help there. I have a mid-tier gaming rig with a CPU clocked at 3.33GHz, 8GB of RAM (Skyrim can only use 4GB anyway), running a Nvidia GPU (Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560Ti). I've installed a hellovalot of texture enhancers, run most settings on High, and run poloENB, which is an ENB profile arranged by a Japanese fellow that IMO blows most other shit out of the water in terms of both performance and prettiness. Have some screens: EDIT: Click the thumbnails for the full-sized images. TBH, you can probably make a rig that can run at least this level of graphics now for less than a grand, provided you've already got a decent monitor. The Z77 mobos run pretty damn cheap lately, and if you're willing to spend a bit you can probably find a good deal on a decent processor to boot.