Need advice on upgrading

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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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. I'd say go for a GTX 560.
  6. I was actually leaning towards the HD 6870 after reading the reviews from Tom's haha. But I am still trying to decide.
  7. GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130634

    CPU (unless you can unlock the cores on your X2 550; it should be able to do so in the BIOS): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103894

    RAM: 4GB of the same exact model and brand of your current RAM.

    It should cost under $400.
  8. 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.
  9. Now If I get a new CPU, I'm going to need to install a new windows OS right?
  10. 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.
  11. Wow, thanks so much for all the help. Really appreciate all of it.
  12. 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.
  13. 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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