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October 26, 2011 2:38:12 PM

I am curious if I will be able to get the full benefits out of a graphics card such as a GTX 560 Ti without having to worry about any kind of bottle necking from my processor or power supply.

Current Specs are:
INTEL I5-760 2.80GHZ
4G Corsair Dominator Ram
EVGA INTEL P55 TR P55V SLI/CROSSFIRE
XTREMEGEAR 600 WATT POWER SUPPLY
Currently have a gts 250 1G that I want to upgrade to be able to hopefully max Skyrim.
Will also be purchasing a new monitor to play in 1080p if that changes anything.
Any comments or suggestions are welcome, thanks!
October 26, 2011 2:58:26 PM

youre processor is easily powerful enough to not bottlneck even a top end card, and id think that power supply is powerful enough, you might want to consider overclocking your cpu though you can get a lot more performance out of a i5-760
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October 26, 2011 3:27:25 PM

At full HD, the GTS250 will lag a lot because in theory, 1080p requires twice the power of 720p. Your CPU won't bottleneck even a GTX 580. I suggest you get something like a 6870 for 1080p gaming.
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October 26, 2011 3:32:33 PM

doneganstm said:
I am curious if I will be able to get the full benefits out of a graphics card such as a GTX 560 Ti without having to worry about any kind of bottle necking from my processor or power supply.

Current Specs are:
INTEL I5-760 2.80GHZ
4G Corsair Dominator Ram
EVGA INTEL P55 TR P55V SLI/CROSSFIRE
XTREMEGEAR 600 WATT POWER SUPPLY
Currently have a gts 250 1G that I want to upgrade to be able to hopefully max Skyrim.
Will also be purchasing a new monitor to play in 1080p if that changes anything.
Any comments or suggestions are welcome, thanks!



Very simple go for the Radeon HD 6950 or Radeon HD 6870 according to your budget.

HAPPY GAMING...............
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October 26, 2011 3:36:05 PM

doneganstm said:
I am curious if I will be able to get the full benefits out of a graphics card such as a GTX 560 Ti without having to worry about any kind of bottle necking from my processor or power supply.

Current Specs are:
INTEL I5-760 2.80GHZ
4G Corsair Dominator Ram
EVGA INTEL P55 TR P55V SLI/CROSSFIRE
XTREMEGEAR 600 WATT POWER SUPPLY
Currently have a gts 250 1G that I want to upgrade to be able to hopefully max Skyrim.
Will also be purchasing a new monitor to play in 1080p if that changes anything.
Any comments or suggestions are welcome, thanks!

no sign of bottleneck i5 760 is powerfull cpu and enough for huge cards like gtx 590 or 6990.
so you will be fine at all.
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October 26, 2011 3:39:51 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Elder-Scrolls-Skyrim-S...

The system spec's were released today for SKYRIM and if you want to "max" out the settings you would have to take a look at the recomended system requirements and go from there. What is your budget for the upgrade and you may have to upgrade the psu depending on what video card you finally settle on and it would be a good idea to up the clock on your cpu. A 560Ti has a minimum psu requirement of 500w so if you end up going any higher with the video card you may end up getting a new psu.
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October 26, 2011 3:58:01 PM

In total I am looking to spend around 400-450 dollars in upgrades. The monitor I was looking at was around 180 or so, so the rest can go towards a GPU. Would it be worth keeping the gts250 as a dedicated physx card?

Also, should I bother with an overclocked version of the card?
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October 26, 2011 4:01:31 PM

no, get an gtx560ti this will be the best way.
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October 26, 2011 4:12:00 PM

You could use GTS 250 as a dedicated physx card, but the gains are minimum since not so much games uses it.
Another point, the GTS 250 would obstruct the GTX 560Ti airflow, saying this I'm thinking that is better to leave only one card.

About the OClocked GTX version, you could buy one for the beefier heatsink+fan combo. To OC urself, or to use in stock and get lower temps, ur choice.
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October 26, 2011 4:38:59 PM

Thanks for the input so far everyone. I'll do some more research and comparisons for the different manufacterors, I believe there was a review here comparing them that I will try and find again.

How important is the core clock speed? They seem to vary greatly with each card. Will the speed have a big impact from say a 822 MHz to a 950 MHz core clock speed?
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October 26, 2011 4:43:04 PM

if youre willing to overclock it yourself which is very simple, just get the one with the best cooler, apart from that a higher clock speed is a good thing and can significantly change performance
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October 26, 2011 5:51:09 PM

You could add another GTS 250 to run in SLI, though finding one at a price that makes sense is no easy task at the moment not to mention it would be best to replace your PSU if you did so.

For a new card I say either get a 6950 2GB or a 560Ti. You could also go with two 460s in SLI or two 6850s in CF :D 
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November 2, 2011 1:12:56 AM

Best answer selected by doneganstm.
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