I built (with much help from my friend) my first PC about a year ago, and am now looking at upgrading it. (I am not all that familiar with computer components/building.)
Here’s the build:
Case - Cooler Master Elite 430
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX Intel
Processor - Intel Core i5-3450 (using stock cooler)
Power Supply - Corsair CX600 ATX
Video Card - XFX Radeon HD 6770
Memory – 8 gb (2x4gb), G.Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3-1600, PC3-12800
Sound Card - Asus Xonar DG
HDD – 2 WD Caviar Blue 500 gb
My only reason for wanting this is because I’ve been experiencing FPS drops in the games I have been playing recently (Borderlands 2 and Batman: Arkham City). Borderlands will normally be around 45 FPS, and sometimes up to 60, but will also occasionally (not even when a lot of bad guys show up) drop to/below 30. In Arkham City, I pretty much have to play on low settings). I am also looking at getting myself some more games for Christmas during the Steam sale (darn you, Valve), so I fear that I won’t be able to play them with my current rig.
I am on a rather tight budget (<$200). Based on my limited knowledge, I am considering upgrading my GPU to a GTX 660/660 Ti. I am leaning toward Nvidia pretty much just because of this PhysX thing that is advertised in Borderlands and Batman. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWFkDrKvBRU
Is it possible to get the same effect without an Nvidia GPU?
I would love any guidance/advice on upgrading my computer or even just on how I could increase its performance (other than lowering graphics settings).