USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: AC: Revelations, Minecraft, Skyrim
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 320MB GeForce 8800 GTS (EVGA), No PSU info available (obscured by case construction, can't see it without removing Motherboard/disassembling).
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: ASUS P5N-E SLI (Socket 775), 4GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 399MHz (5-5-5-31), Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (B3) @ 2.40GHz
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg, Amazon, eBay (willing to use others if reputable)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A
OVERCLOCKING: No (Tried before OCing to 2.5GHz before, makes computer unstable even if temp is WELL within spec)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200, but I usually game @ 1280x1024 w/black borders.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to play most games released last year if possible. My research so far has indicated that I'll probably end up with either the 560Ti or the 550Ti (though I'm open to other suggestions). I'm basically asking whether my PC is powerful enough for the 560Ti to be worth it, or whether I should go with something slower (like the 550Ti) because I'm so CPU-limited. Uncomfortable considering SLI setup, as I don't know what kind of PSU I have. Would prefer to stay within power envelope of current GPU to be safe.
Well, even just the GeForce 550Ti sounds like a good call actually. If your PSU can run the 8800GTS 320MB, you can use it on that video card. It's also a decent upgrade from that as well. As for the video card. It is somewhat of a bottleneck especially on that resolution. The GeForce 550Ti is recommended for 1680x1050 or higher than 720p but less than 1080p.
gtx 560ti 448 cores or gtx 570 if u can get it but firstly make sure that u have an good psu with 2x6pin pcie connector for example 550,600w psu. minimum and lastly 500w of good brand with 2 x pcie connector.