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Upgrading my PC: Video Card Upgrade Path Question

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August 4, 2011 6:46:03 PM

So i'm planning on upgrading my system. Haven't done so in about 4 ish years, and its time to upgrade.

  1. Summary
  2. CPU
  3. Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz 46 °C
  4. Wolfdale 45nm Technology
  5. RAM
  6. 8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 479MHz (5-7-7-22)
  7. Motherboard
  8. EVGA 132-CK-NF78 (Socket 775) 41 °C
  9. Graphics
  10. SMBX2431 (1920x1080@60Hz)
  11. 512MB GeForce 8800 GTS 512 (BFG Tech) 75 °C
  12. 512MB GeForce 8800 GTS 512 (BFG Tech) 71 °C
  13. SLI Enabled
  14. Hard Drives
  16. 488GB Seagate ST350063 0NS SCSI Disk Device (RAID)

Planning on upgrading to the new Sandy Bridge.

MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Corsair CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB

But where i keep getting tripped up, is my VGA.

Seen above, I have dual GeForce 8800 GTS 512's in SLI. Now, those cards are SEVERAL generations behind.

According to this

(published May 2011)

My card is somewhere around 9 from the "top". The card i'm looking at, is the GeForce 560 TI. 5 spaces ahead of my 8800GTS.

Where i'm stumped though, is my 8800GTS's are in SLI, so they're significantly more powerful then just a single 8800GTS 512. It says not to upgrade within 3 teirs, because you may not feel a improvement. Well I want to feel an improvement.

Will the GeForce 560 TI out perform my SLI 8800GTS 512's?

I want everything on this system to outperform my old, with still room to grow. (space for more memory, i can buy a better CPU if i wanted it, add in a second video card, so on and so forth. )

(also i do overclock quiet a bit, right now my settings are stock to get a baseline. also my memory is ***, i know. )

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August 4, 2011 9:25:00 PM

If you really want DX11 and troll on the forums because you can't play all games with maxed eyecandy, go ahead and buy the a 560 or two. If you want to save some cash, don't upgrade since you won't notice much of a real world difference and you'll be disappointed.
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August 4, 2011 10:15:15 PM

It would be a significant upgrade, but it would definitely be the weak part of that build.

To remove all doubt go with a GTX570. Get yourself phat, good quality psu so you can add another down the road and for overclocking. You won't need to overclock your cpu for one GTX570, but for 2 you will.
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August 4, 2011 10:31:28 PM

I have 2 Gtx 570's and have been using only one for most of my gaming. I only use SLI for Crysis... Go figure lolz!
August 4, 2011 10:31:57 PM

Really a great card and yes you would see a HUGE improvement.