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Upgrading from 6770 to 560, worth?

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December 12, 2011 6:16:23 AM

Hello there,

I recently bought a Dell XPS 8300 (X8300-7008NBK) which came with a Radeon 6770 graphic card, I'm currently using a 20" monitor (max resolution 1440x900), I was thinking in upgrading the graphic card to a 560 or 560ti to play games such as WoW, LoL, Crysis 2, MW3 etc, I'm not expecting to run everything at max resolution but I like it to run smooth at least in "mid setting".

Is is worth upgrading the video card?
a c 169 U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 6:55:11 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums
For that res,560Ti is overkill.Your current card can handle games like WoW,MW3 and LoL fine on high setting and Crysis 2 on medium,do you have problems running them ?
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 7:05:19 AM

I would say yes it is a worthwhile upgrade.
The performance you can expect would be similar to crossfire 6770's
Higher in some games and slightly lower in others.
The PSU for that Dell may not be powerful enough for the 560.
5770 allows me to play full settings on crysis2 @ 1366x720 around 32fps
Your resolution is only slightly higher so a 560 will give you a very good boost in all games.
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December 12, 2011 7:23:18 AM

@Maziar : To be honest the computer hasn't arrived yet, it will on Tuesday, I was just thinking at saving time and order right away before it arrived. anyway i got around $300 to spend so what would u recommend, upgrade the video card to the 560/560ti or upgrading the monitor for bigger resolutions? I know that at bigger resolutions I won't be able to play at high setting but as you said that 560 card is overkill for my (max) current resolution. thanks for the previos reply btw.
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 8:41:18 AM

I suggest a better monitor, even at 1920x1080 the 6770 will be good for high settings in most games. Or you could just wait until you get it then decide when you see how it is.
a c 175 U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 8:50:29 AM

Yes It is worth it, but for me I think it is better to buy 6870.

Anyway it is not needed for an upgrade. Wait for 7000 series or GTX 600.
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 8:59:33 AM

OK so if its worth it is a matter of opinion and I suggest you try it then make up your own mind, also remember you may need a new power supply and upgrading may void your warranty. I you can cancel the order you will be better off getting or building a customised PC yourself.
a c 169 U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 2:03:59 PM

drask said:
@Maziar : To be honest the computer hasn't arrived yet, it will on Tuesday, I was just thinking at saving time and order right away before it arrived. anyway i got around $300 to spend so what would u recommend, upgrade the video card to the 560/560ti or upgrading the monitor for bigger resolutions? I know that at bigger resolutions I won't be able to play at high setting but as you said that 560 card is overkill for my (max) current resolution. thanks for the previos reply btw.

Well,560Ti is a waste for 1400x900.It's much faster than 6770 but I'd recommend getting a better monitor with 1080p resolution then upgrade the GPU.
December 22, 2011 9:05:28 AM

The XPS 8300 you're getting is almost $800, plus the $300 you want to spend on the new graphic card, I would suggest you cancel the order and put that $1100 into building a much better system yourself. Get the i5-2500k btw. And the hd6870 is only around $175 on Newegg.

LI'd prefer the 6770 over the 6870 because it uses only 1 6-pin connector and less power. But for hardcore gamming, you can get the 6970, 6990 or wait for the hd7000 series (no idea if it's out yet).
December 22, 2011 11:58:58 AM

I know it's horses for courses, as building a machine is quite daunting if you're new to computers (no offence anyone!!)

If sticking with the dell I'd be supprised if you had too many issues with the standard card at that relatively low resolution - I run an XPS with an older 5770 card at 1900x1080 without any problems - ok i don't max out on antialiasing, but at that resolution framerates are fine and I think the added sharpness makes up for the loss of detail tweaks. (crysis 2 / skyrim MW3 etc)

but my biggest reservation about the dell is upgradability, the XPS's generally only have a single PCI-E slot, which means cross fire/SLI dual cards is impossible, while with mine at least the PSU was only 350 watts - I think for a 560Ti you'd be looking for >500.

If new to computers a correctly spec'd dell is a fairly safe option, but i wouldn't be looking to ugrade straight out of the box.
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