I have a quick question. I currently have an Nvidia 9600 GS which really sucks when playing games. I want to upgrade to a more recent one. I saw on a website that the EVGA 550Ti is 108 euros now. Here are the specs:
GeForce GTX550 Ti OverClocked
1903 MHz shaders
Case Antec 1200
Cooler Noctua NH-D14
Processor Q6600 @3.2Ghz
Coolermaster 600Watt PSU
Motherboard Asus P5QLD Pro
2GB ddr2 ram 800 Mhz
Prolite E2472HD 1920*1080 Led monitor by iiyama
Do you think I should buy this videocard or do you have a better suggestion. I don't care which company makes my videocard. So all suggestions are welcome, whether it be ATI or Nvidia.
Thank you for correcting my assumption. Anything from ATI at about the same price with better performance? It seems my only choice right now is either a 460 or a 560 (ti).
You could try the 6850 which is faster than gtx 460 a bit or the AMD 6870 which competes with the 560 ti although the 560 ti is a little faster.I would always recommend NVIDIA because of rock solid driver support and Physx
Thank you for the suggestion. But I thought the 460 was slower than the 550 ti. Or perhaps you meant 560?
The 4 in 460 basically means the 400 series, the previous generation. The ones before that were the 3xx (OEM only) then 2xx. The next 2 digits can be used, to some extent, to gauge processing power, though only within the same series. A newer generation is generally faster and more efficient than an older one. This, however, is only a generalization and works best within a generation. For going across multiple generations, you'll need to reference something like Wikipedia (or other sites).
The 550 ti would be huge jump in performance compared to a 9600 GS (it's 5 generations ahead). If you have the budget for it (you haven't stated what your budget is), then I would recommend going for at least the 560 Ti. It's among the best for performance over price, and it's also the most energy efficient for its power (given that Wikipedia article).
Thank you all for your time, help and suggestions guys. I guess I will save some more money and wait a month and buy the 560 ti as suggested by most of you. I really appreciate all of the info you guys provided me.
I have two GTX 550 ti and they are ok but I should have done more reserch on the cards because the GTX 560 ti's are a all around solid card, good for gaming and other what nots you want to do. If I had to do over I would buy the GTX 560 ti's.