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Almost ready to upgrade, are my 560ti's 1GB (SLI) still current?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
May 17, 2013 11:20:29 AM

Current system is showing its age. Specifically playing Neverwinter which seems to have a CPU bottleneck as confirmed on TH.

Intel Dual Core E6400 3.0ghz
2TB 7200RPM drive
560ti 1GB (SLI)

How much mileage do you guys think I can get out of these cards? I play Neverwinter and Starcraft mainly. Dual screen, normally watching video while playing.

Think its worth waiting for the next gen stuff coming out in a few months? Or just buy an I5, MB and ram keeping the rest. I can afford around $500US. I don't need a super high end system, but low frame rates make me rage. Thoughts?

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May 17, 2013 11:25:06 AM

It truly depends on what games you are playing. It may be better to upgrade your CPU at this point as many of the newer games utilize multiple threads. Starcraft is more CPU dependent than it is GPU dependent. Consider stepping up to Haswell when it is released and then upgrading your GPUs around Black Friday.

Consider the following upgrade:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $446.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If you want to go with an Intel build then I would recommend waiting a few weeks for Haswell.

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May 17, 2013 11:43:08 AM

560 SLI trumps the 580, which can still max most games at great framerates, and should for the foreseeable future. I'd say keep the GPUs, and focus on the CPU upgrade and ram upgrade.
May 17, 2013 1:15:57 PM

Thanks guys :)