Hi folks. Looking for some help on upgrading my video card. I've had my current rig since about the beginning of 2008 and it has served me well (with some issues of course) but given the recent stuttering I am getting in BFBC2 I think its time to upgrade my video card. I also want to make sure I have a video card that will be able to run BF3 well when it comes out. Would love advice on what I should be looking at. My budget is anywhere from $150 to about $250. Read about the 560 ti and possibly 550 ti's in SLI but would love some feedback. Thanks.
Right well your system is looking quite long in the tooth. You're still on DDR2 memory and running a dual core processor, so it's no wonder you're getting stuttering.
Getting anything above something like a 550Ti will be seriously held back by the rest of your system. In my opinion you should save up a bundle of cash and do a complete platform upgrade (CPU, motherboard, RAM) plus your GPU upgrade (you can obviously keep HDD and whatever else).
Okay, so I bumped up my speed from the 2.6 to 3.0 using my MB's tune software and it smoothed things out for the time being. So, I guess my question now is, since I can't afford a full upgrade yet (but will start saving for one) does it make sense to:
1) purchase something like a 560 ti now and pair it with my OC'ed CPU to give me a performance boost until I can get the rest of the pieces, or
2) hold off on everything for now to wait for Bulldozer to drop, then purchase CPU, MB, power supply and a video card then (assuming the video card's price will drop as well)?
Guess I'm just trying to determine if purchasing the video card now will help with my OC'ed CPU or if the difference will be so minor I should wait for all prices to drop and purchase all as one.