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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
  15. 63GB SAMSUNG SAMSUNG MMCRE64G5MXP SCSI Disk Device (RAID)
  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
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...

(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. )
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.
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