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August 11, 2011 9:42:16 PM

The EVGA GTX 550 TI 2GB is only $206.00 including shipping and a 5 year warranty (3 yrs. plus 2 extended purchased). Is this card worth it? Please advise.

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a b Î Nvidia
August 11, 2011 9:49:41 PM

No, get a HD 6870 or a GTX 560 ti for about the same price or less.( with rebate )
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August 11, 2011 9:53:20 PM

the 550ti is def not powerful enough to even make use of 2GB imo like robjordy said you be much better suited by a 6870/gtx560/or gtx 560ti.

What are your full system specs and your monitors resolution and the make and model of your power supply?
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August 11, 2011 9:56:34 PM

No. EVGA is an excellent brand but you can get a better EVGA nVdidia card for the same or less money.

For the best bang for the buck check out the THG recommendations for different budget levels if you have not:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

Also consider getting a GTX 560 without the "Ti" - it is a little slower but saves some money. See this review :

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp...

This EVGA 560 - no Ti - would save you about $30 and would be faster:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A good site for general information about upgrading video cards, including selecting, buying and installing video cars is:

http://www.upgradevideocards.com/

Have you verified that your PSU has the power to drive the card and the power connector for it?
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a b Î Nvidia
August 11, 2011 9:58:36 PM

The vram can be used but the card overall is far to weak for such amount to really help. By the time that games and apps suck that much vram that gpu will not be able to keep up with the load.
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a b Î Nvidia
August 11, 2011 10:00:45 PM

Like jjb86 . . . and then a lot more . . .( what's in a name hey ), said it will never use the 2 GB so why pay for that ? Just give me the money then, it's also pointless.
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August 11, 2011 10:03:22 PM

Rustees post on a duplicate thread that has more info:

I'm looking at an Nvidia GTX 550 TI 2GB graphics card for $206.00. This includes shipping and a 5 yr. warranty (3 standard and 2 purchased extended). Plus there is a $20 rebate on the card. Please advise if this card is worth the price. I have an Nvidia 9800 GT 1 GB now and I want to upgrade. Would it be better to purchase the 2GB 550 TI or a 1GB 560? I play all my games on WinXP 32bit. I got a 750 watt psu (+12 rail of 54) and a dual core processor chip with 4gb of ram and a 28" Hanns-G monitor. Gaming has been good so far but I would like to upgrade. Any thoughts would help. Thank you guys in advance for your consideration with my request. (p.s. built the rig myself

Since this post already has comments I suggested viewer come here and posted the link.
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August 11, 2011 10:11:10 PM

And to answer my own question posted earlier, now that I have this info, the PSU questions are not an issue.

The real question becomes how much performance do you want to purchase - and that is pretty much personal preference. Earlier I posted the link to the THG list of recommended cards for different budget levels. One of the nice things about it is that it includes links to reviews of each card recommended so you can see what additional performance you are purchase. You just need to understand a little about frames per second (fps) rates. If not familiar with them, I take a look at the discussion near the middle of this page:

http://www.upgradevideocards.com/gaming.html

The bottom of the following page also has some helpful information about using reviews:

http://www.upgradevideocards.com/reviews.html

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August 12, 2011 1:04:09 AM

GreenDutchAlien said:
Like jjb86 . . . and then a lot more . . .( what's in a name hey ), said it will never use the 2 GB so why pay for that ? Just give me the money then, it's also pointless.


must've forgotten the 80's huh brah?
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a b Î Nvidia
August 12, 2011 1:37:46 AM

jjb8675309 said:
must've forgotten the 80's huh brah?


Back when 640kb ram would have been enough...
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a b Î Nvidia
August 12, 2011 10:06:48 AM

jjb8675309 said:
must've forgotten the 80's huh brah?


Euh, like the song ? Sorry, i'm a bit stupid maybe ( i'm Dutch, sue me ! :pt1cable:  ) but when i google it i get that.
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August 12, 2011 3:09:26 PM

80's brah, Tommy Tutone son! You liberal hippies in the Netherlands would not understand, you don't appreciate "butt rock"
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a b Î Nvidia
August 12, 2011 6:44:13 PM

I like butt though. By the way ; only those other idiots from Holland are hippies, i was a hardcore punk !
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a b Î Nvidia
August 12, 2011 7:39:29 PM

Yeah, i've seen it. It was a small hit in the far away Netherlands, so there are people over here with the same odd taste like you guys. :lol:  ( i liked the song also, but in those days i was a punker so i can't say that out loud )
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a b Î Nvidia
August 12, 2011 7:47:20 PM

Can't wait to get home and have sound with it, i'm at work now and have no sound on this crappy computer.
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a b Î Nvidia
August 12, 2011 7:51:00 PM

Ekk that sucks but any way I enjoy the 80s much better than any other decade plus they can't even match that quality now days.
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a b Î Nvidia
August 12, 2011 7:56:22 PM

They make songs then nowadays ? Not on the popular charts anyway, it's pretty much all the same rubbish. There still are some good songwriters but they are few.
Don't hear much from Rustee anymore by the way, what was the topic about again . . . Wasn't happy with us or our answers i believe, he started another thread with exactly the same question, sigh . . . :( 
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a b Î Nvidia
August 12, 2011 8:22:16 PM

Maybe i'm to harsh, i just saw now that it was posted just a couple of minutes from each other so maybe just a mistake, but, it still stays awfully quit.
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