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December 17, 2011 3:59:30 AM

Hi. This is my first post but i've been reading around for a while though. I need advice on upgrading my GPU from NVIDIA GTS 250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127423.
I'm pretty much set on either GTX 560 or HD 6870. The advice I need is if my current system (custom built about 2 years ago) will be able to handle these graphic cards. My current system is:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition (not OC'd)

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128394

Memory: 4GB DDR2 1066 (but will upgrade to 8GB, maybe more if I you guys think I need to)

I want to be able to run games like BF3, MW3, and Skyrim with high quality. I need to know if I need to upgrade the rest of my system if I want to run this graphics card. Thank you!

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a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2011 4:17:37 AM

BF3 and Skyrim are tough on the CPU.
A decent dual-core CPU w/o an OC will hold your system back.
What is your budget?
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December 17, 2011 4:19:49 AM

What graphics card you get depends on your PSU. 500W or higher is good for a 560 or 560 ti. If your PSU is 650W or higher, you could get a GTX 570 or 580.

You need a GTX 570 or 580 to max out BF3 and have good framerates.

8GB should be a good RAM upgrade. Any more than that is unnecessary.
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December 17, 2011 4:20:59 AM

If I was going to purchase soon (like within the week), I was going to spend about $250 for GPU + memory. But if you recommend me upgrading, then probably around $400 for everything. My power supply is BFG Tech GS-550 550W just in case you were wondering.
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December 17, 2011 4:22:40 AM

I was planning on spending for a new GPU now, and in about 6 months (when I get some extra school loans :p ) upgrade my entire system
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December 17, 2011 4:25:32 AM

I'd say go for a GTX 560.
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December 17, 2011 4:35:09 AM

I was actually leaning towards the HD 6870 after reading the reviews from Tom's haha. But I am still trying to decide.
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December 17, 2011 4:37:25 AM

imawake00 said:
I was actually leaning towards the HD 6870 after reading the reviews from Tom's haha. But I am still trying to decide.


I guess it comes down to personal preference. Go with the one your heart tells you to.

The only reason I suggested the GTX 560 is because I'm an NVIDIA guy.
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December 17, 2011 4:40:57 AM

Now If I get a new CPU, I'm going to need to install a new windows OS right?
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a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2011 4:44:22 AM

imawake00 said:
Now If I get a new CPU, I'm going to need to install a new windows OS right?

No.
Just uninstall the CPU from device manager and replace it with the new one.
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December 17, 2011 4:48:13 AM

Wow, thanks so much for all the help. Really appreciate all of it.
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December 17, 2011 5:24:48 AM

Do you guys think I can run this GPU: EVGA GTX 560 Ti
with my current system along with 8GB memory for now? I am hoping I can upgrade the CPU and power supply maybe in a month or two.
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a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2011 6:05:54 PM

imawake00 said:
Do you guys think I can run this GPU: EVGA GTX 560 Ti
with my current system along with 8GB memory for now? I am hoping I can upgrade the CPU and power supply maybe in a month or two.

Yes.
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