Nvidia releases a "Skyrim Tweak Guide" for PC users

If you're playing Skyrim on the PC and using the absolute lowest settings you're doing it wrong. Come on! That's not why you build a gaming rig! You put that sucker together so that games would look life-like! Luckily, Nvidia hopes to help you optimize your game, even if your system might not be able to handle everything The Elder Scrolls V has to throw at you. The hardware company has released a lengthy tutorial detailing how to get the most out of your computer's hardware when playing Bethesda's latest open-world RPG.

Nvidia's detailed guide gives full descriptions for all of the settings available in Skyrim's options menus, and provides screenshot comparisons to show exactly how modifying each setting will change the game's visuals. Its goal is to help you figure out exactly which elements you're willing to sacrifice so that you can get better performance.

And, well, it sure is robust! Seriously, this thing hits on just about every single setting in the game's menu to help you make as informed a decision as possible. Or, you know, you can just buy the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 version and enjoy the game running on medium settings without needing to fiddle with anything (as long as you're willing to lose the ability to install mods that let you ride dragons, of course).