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Upgrading from 320MB GeForce 8800 GTS

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March 6, 2012 10:21:25 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: April 2nd, 2011

BUDGET RANGE: $300 or less.

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.
March 6, 2012 10:49:14 AM

this would be hard, considering that your PSU is low quality and probably below 500w, unless your using a quality 500w psu to 520w psu then a gtx 480/460 or 560/570 or amd 6870/6850 is great
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March 6, 2012 10:56:20 AM

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.
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March 6, 2012 10:59:31 AM

If my computer can benefit significantly from a 560Ti over a 550Ti, I'd be willing to go through the hassle of upgrading to a better PSU. I've been having weird problems with my current one anyway...
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March 6, 2012 11:54:16 AM

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.:) 
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March 6, 2012 12:37:36 PM

Me personally. would wait 2 weeks. The first Kepler cards will be on the market.. Soon as they are out, do a day of research and find out what card would be best to get for your use and money.
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