I'm currently upgrading my computer to an i5-2500K on an Asus z68 board with 8 gigs of RAM. I'm upgrading from a Core 2 Duo with 2 gigs of ram and an 8800GT.
I'm a little pressed for cash, so I'm thinking of upgrading my video card later, BUT I'm wondering just how bad of a bottleneck the 8800GT will be. What do you think a game like Skyrim would be like? I will also be editing 1080p video on an occasional basis.
Question 2, then - if my native resolution is 1680x1050, does that make something like a 5770 a viable upgrade, or is that worthless?
Question 3 - when I do upgrade, knowing my resolution, should I spend the extra bucks for the Ti? What about the 550?
The 8800gt is a great card but it is getting old. (I had 3 of them at one point) A HD6770/5770 or a gtx550 would be a decent upgrade but not huge when trying to play a game as intensive as skyrim.
I would do the cpu board and ram, and maybe in a few months go big like a 570 or a 6970. Or maybe wait until the next video line comes out nvidia 600s and AMD 7000.
No need to rush. See how your upgrades do with your current card. It is easy to upgrade the card later.
When you do upgrade, make it a big jump, or you may be disappointed. 5770 would be decent, but see if you can't manage something like a 6950 or GTX560ti.
At every price point, you get fair value for your money. When you upgrade, but the best card you feel comfortable buying. The price stings for a shorter time than the remorse of not getting what you want.
Also, at the end of the year, amd is supposed to launch 7xxx series midrange 28nm cards. Don't know what level those cards will be. High end cards are not due to 2Q, along with kepler 28nm high end cards.
If your resolution is 1680 x 1050, then your graphics requirements will be a bit less. OTOH, one of your good upgrades would be to a larger 1080P monitor and keep your smaller one for e-mail/monitors etc. Plan for that.
Another vote for 560ti. However the 560ti 448 core cards have just come out and they are a good increase in performance. They are almost on par with a GTX570, of couse it's price is almost as much as GTX570.
The 560ti are great overclockers. You should definitely look into putting (at least) a small OC on your 560ti.
I think I agree with Embra here.
A 6870 is good for your resolution and keeps you well under 200
Although an overclocked 560 will pull away by quite a bit there is
a cost factor to consider.
As for the 5770 it would show a good upgrade to the 8800gt
it will not be night and day as it would with a 6870.
I have a 5770 and a 8800gt 1GB for reference to this statement.
a 560 ti will handle any games u throw at it. even with aa enabled on graphics intensive games. on the oyher hand a 6870 is on par performance with 560 ti but without aa. if aa is turned on then 560 ti will surely defeat 6870. but if u do not care about aa then go with radeon hd 6870 becoz it is much cheaper than 560 ti.
Definately get the 560ti , would give you the best performance and is worth the extra money in the long run. I'm running 2 on my core 2 duo and the performance is great. Don't just settle for something you may regret in the future, you can always add another 560ti to your new system later for a future upgrade.
I think I'm going to go with the 6870. From all the Newegg comments, it will totally satisfy my needs - that is, removing the potential bottleneck of my 8800 and kick some ass in any game on the market today. It might not have the best 1080p performance, but since I don't have a 1080p monitor yet anyway, I'm not too worried.
And the price? Seriously amazing. Thank you all for your contributions, I don't know how to pick a best answer.