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GTX 550Ti or GTX560

I'm building a Sandy Bridge PC, and am trying to decide which graphics card to buy. I will be playing mostly FSX and GTAIV. The thing is, I'm not sure whether the price difference between the GTX 550 and 560 is justified by the difference in performance. On that note I'm not sure what the performance difference would be between them (I haven't been able to find any comparison benchmarks with either of those games). My current GPU is a Sapphire HD 5570 and I will be buying a Corsair TX750 in the next week or so. Will the GTX550 be enough to run FSX/GTAIV on pretty much maxed settings, with ENB series, at 50 to 60 FPS with a res. of 1680 by 1050? Please note that I will be buying an i5 2500k and overclocking (hopefully) to between 4.4 and 4.7 ghz.

Also note that I am on a tight budget, and would prefer to spend as little as possible without buying a total piece of crap.
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  1. 560 or 560 Ti?
  2. I'm looking at the GTX 550ti against the regular GTX 560.
  3. The non Ti 560 is little more than a GTX460 with a slightly increased clockspeed and price, so personally I wouldn't bother with that one.
  4. So, then the 550 Ti is my best choice?
  5. The 550Ti is also little more than a GTS450 with an increase in clockspeed and price.
  6. Okay, soooo...what are you trying to say then? I know it's really just an improved repackaged model but I have seen a benchmark comparing the 450 and 550 and I'd prefer the newer one, but what exactly are you suggesting here?
  7. I am an Avid FSX user with many many hours on it, I would ask you to reconsider and grab a HD 6950 2gb, I have an HD 5770 which is roughly equal to the 550ti and if you buy that you will probably be slightly disappointed with its FSX performance.
    Also, what add-ons are you running for FSX?
    It would be also worth buying a SSD or Velociraptor for FSX later on since it reads a tremendous amount of times while playing on FSX
  8. At the moment I'm not really running any addons with it other than the CLS 747 and a few Just Flight aircraft. Eventually I hope to buy REX, UTX, GEX, and some FlyTampa airports, as well as the PMDG 737, Captain Sim 757/777, and CLS MD-80. As well as TrackIR 5 (once I save a few hundred dollars for all of these). Unfortunately the 6950 is WAAAAAAAYYYYY out of my price range (I have no job :P). Besides, I already know that FSX is partial to Nvidia cards so I'd prefer to avoid ATI for now.
  9. UnitedExpress4180 said:
    Okay, soooo...what are you trying to say then? I know it's really just an improved repackaged model but I have seen a benchmark comparing the 450 and 550 and I'd prefer the newer one, but what exactly are you suggesting here?

    I'd suggest either getting the Fermi card that is what it was supposed to be (GTX560Ti) or get the older slightly cheaper model and turn the clockspeed up to match it's 'new' version.
  10. So I should buy a 460 or a 560TI?
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    Ahhh, I see. The GTX 560 would be fine for you then, but I must warn you, if you load up with PMDG and Captain Sim stuff, it will begin to struggle.
    Do try and get a "ti" version they are better and if possible get a Twin Frozr, but that might be pushing it.
  12. GTX 460 < GTX 560ti
  13. I might be able to afford the 560ti, but the Twin Frozr is once again out of my range. Perhaps the PNY 560ti might be a more affordable, but still usable card?
  14. I have actually never heard of PNY, Check out the reviews and make your own decision about that. The best brands are MSI, EVGA, Asus, Sapphire, XFX. I think that's them all.
  15. Okay, thanks for the help! :)
  16. You're welcome
  17. UnitedExpress4180 said:
    I might be able to afford the 560ti, but the Twin Frozr is once again out of my range. Perhaps the PNY 560ti might be a more affordable, but still usable card?

    The last PNY card I bought was a 6600GS and it still works as far as I know, I've been running a pair of Palit GTX560Ti's for a couple of months or so and most of that time they have been folding 24/7.
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