Hey guys, I am looking into getting a new videocard to run battlefield 3/Skyrim!
my specs (the important ones at least):
-Intel core i3 550 3.4Ghz
-EVGA gts450 1g (yeah i know, its not that great)
-8gb 4 sticks ADATA memory
-OCZ FATALITY 550w PSU
I play at 1600x900 resolution, also AA does not really apply to me that much, I will usually run games with it very low or not at all, because honestly if a game is engrossing to me, I won't notice every little edge.
What I really want to do is run battlefield 3 at ultra or almost ultra, same with skyrim.
I was really looking into a GTX570 but in reality, that is a little too much for a videocard for me.
Wait for the new 560ti in a month. It will be equal to the 570 performance but with a much lower price.
Negative. The "rumored" new 560Ti will have it's GPU replaced with the same chip as the GTX570/580 with 2 disabled streaming multicores. It's basically a GTX 570 with one more SM disabled. Expect it to have lower clocks as well and be priced a little higher than the current 560 Ti. It will perform better than the existing one, but will not perform better or equal to the 570. They probably are not selling as many right now as it really isn't a deal performance wise. This will position it better.
A GTX 560 Ti will do you just fine. BF3 is very video card intensive, you will probably run it on High setting at your resolution. However, BF3 does a really good job of scaling and High looks amazing. For that price range an AMD 6950 1GB card would perform a little better in BF3. Skyrim is out on the 11th so there are no review yet. I would imagine BF3 is more graphic intense.