I'm thinking of upgrading my PC, currently i am just upgrading my video card but i intend to build\buy a new one in a few months hence i currently only want to get a cheap video card. As of now i am thinking of buying a MSI nVidia GeForce GTX550 Ti Cyclone OC 1GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N550GTX-TI CYCLONE OC (www.amazon.com/MSI-OC-PCI-Express-N550GTX-TI-CYCLONE/dp...). Is this a good choice or is there any better model available in the same price range?
p.s: my computer is currently has the
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7200 @ 2.53GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
and 4 gb of ram
I pretty much only use my pc for gaming, and browsing the internet, and generally play games such as shogun 2 total war, stronghold, AoM, Dragon age, etc...
1st of everything, your PSU.. If your system is pretty old 2 to 3 years and you have a 500 PSU or less, you MUST change it before any atemps of getting a new GPU.
As you should know, PSU eficiency and power degrades overtime and if you put a GPU that usses at least 130W as the HD6850 under load it will fry your components..
For the whole upgrade get a nice 500-600W PSU from Corsair or any other good brand, and a HD6850, the GTX 460 (the 256bit version,not the 192bit one) its pretty awesome but hard to find in any store or for internet.
Here it comes, the GTX 550TI OC is good but for that money you can get better cards, if you are a Nvidia fan, its even better the GTX460 256bit version.
As you are planing to get a new system, the best thing u can do is getting the PSU and GPU by now, and the rest after, so you will be able to reutilize those parts...
Hope it helps! remember, theres 2 versins of the GTX460, the 192bit version its like a GTX550ti and the GTX460 256bit its what you want for your buck, or a HD6850...