Gtx 970 or r9 390 8gb for modded skyrim

Jc93

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Alright so i played the hell out of skyrim on the ps3 and now i have built my first pc as of right now all i have is a 7870 which i got for $100 but will be upgrading in a month or two . Im planning on modding skyrim to the moon, and i mean every graphics mod i can possibly squeeze in there but still keeping smooth gameplay, when i do and would rather get the 970 due to it power usage cause i only have a 500w psu what i want to know is a) can u exceed the 3.5 "full speed" vram with a ton of mods and b) if it can at that point will an r9 390 or a 970 even be powerful enough to keep the fps at 60 regardless of the vram if i pump that much eye candy in there i hope thats a clear enough question. Id appreciate real experiences with one of these cards and not just speculations i know u will rarely need more vram than the 970 offers at 1080p which ill be playing at by the way but i want the best experience i can get.
 

Jc93

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Ya i know im really kickin myself for only goin 500 but it was on sale $20 off for $35 so i went with it with that said im plannin on getting a new one eventually anyway because i really want at least a semi modular psu cause the mess of cords kinda drive me nuts but if i wont see any significant performance increase in the 390 with its vram id rather wait til later i still need to get 4690k as well rockin a g3258 at the moment lol
 

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Jc93

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Its an evga w1 500 i believe kind of a cheapy and also depending on if the new pascal or arctic islands gpus live up to the hype ive been reading about ill probly sell whatever i get within a year or so depending on how the reviews go ill prolly just go with the 970 i mean ive been a console gamer up until about a month ago im sure itll pack plenty of punch for me
 

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