I am currently running a XFX Radeon HD4770 and am thinking of upgrading to a ASUS Geforce GTX 550 TI and am wondering if this would be a good upgrade to play games such as C.O.D. Black Ops, Modern Warfare2 and 3, Battlefield Bad Company2 and other first person shooter games? I welcome and thank all responses.
My rig consists of the following specs:
AMD Phenom X3 8400 triple-cored processor
4 Gigs of Kingston DDR2-800Mhz RAM
XFX Radeon HD 4770 vid card
(2) Sata internal Hard drives
An Enermax Silent Whisper II 535watt P.S.
You are not going to be playing those games at very high settings with a 550Ti , it may play those games but you will be stuck at low settings and resolutions. What kind of a budget amount do you have to work with. If you can save some money and get a 560Ti you will be able to get better performance and gameplay and you will enjoy playing those games more.
At least you have a quality psu unlike the noobs that pop up almost hourly. You are cpu bound and I suggest that you try to squeeze a little out of it by overclocking but beyond that a 6850/70 or a gtx460 should be considered minimum to be seeing a real upgrade over your current card.
PS it is not worth even trying to sell on eBay or having any thing to do with paypal. Those two have ripped me off out of enough money that I could have bought a i7 2600k and have enough left over to buy a high end cooler.