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Need Advice on GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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April 21, 2012 12:50:56 AM

Some of you may remember me. Awhile back, I posted a thread about getting a card. Well, I did get a card that recommended by one of the members, but it's bad, it stutters and it freezes on DC Universe Online game. And when you scroll down on the thread, it jitters while scrolling down.

stay away from this card:
ASUS EAH6770/DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is the one i currently have.


Im consider to go with NVIDIA this time.

Which of these is better?

Which one is better:

ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC TOP/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week or soon

BUDGET RANGE: $140 Before / After Rebates No rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Game DC Universe Online, Graphic Designing, Auto Cad, Call of Duty. Watch movies HD

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon HD 4770 and 650w CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Processor, Mobo: ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard, 8GB of RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, ebay.com, tigerdirect.com, compusa.com, etc.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I have no preferences, because I don't know much.

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Whichever you guys recommend.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080,

More about : advice geforce gtx 550

April 21, 2012 1:32:58 AM

Thats not an issue with the card thats an issue with the game code I have same issues with My Nvidia card in that game
April 21, 2012 2:02:37 AM

Partially agree with above, does it happend with other games like call of duty? if so i may be the card and chances are then that you just got unlucky and got a bad card, not that all of the cards are crap, also, evga is the better one to go with if your convinced on getting a new card, but they both should be fine
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April 21, 2012 2:05:44 AM

I don't know why OP would go with an overpriced an under performing 550ti I just picked up a Radeon HD 6870 for $135 and it absolutely blows a 550ti outta the water.
April 21, 2012 2:32:40 AM

i think you should save up a little bit for a 7870, performance is great (570 standard) and power consumption is pretty low,

but if nvidia is the "thing" you want, i think going with a 560ti or even a 570 would be better, im pretty sure the prices will further decrease as the release date for the newer 660/670/690 cards draw near

personally i would go for the "mid to higher end" cards, and spend that extra 50~100 dollars, that way it will last me another "gaming year" before it becomes outdated, and the 560 is a pretty good overclocker, i have one myself and i clock it 15% from stock with no problems on msiafterburner, and for games (assuming you like mmorpgs - games such as Diablo 3, TERA, GW3, AION, you will have a better graphics card, and it will, and i assure you, it WILL improve your gaming experience), they might not require a lot, but getting a better graphics card will be better in long run, because who knows, you might find / get recommended a new game and suddenly, BAM you realize your graphics card isnt good enough, and there you have it, wasted the 140 dollars for a mid-end card

your current card is a 6770, theres no reason to be getting another mid ranged card, heck id probably say its a low end when compared to all the other GPUs on the market today, you should aim higher and spend the extra buck for performance, and for me, prices of the 560's and 570's have dropped by 50 dollars> get your moneys worth by getting a better card, that way you wont need to upgrade when you feel like playing a new game and realizing that your card is not sufficient

and note, you are playing on a 1920x1080 reso

GTX560 is 160 here, and GTX560ti is 170 here, (and yes i know your budget is 140 but do think about it - it is most definitely worth it)

my recommendation, ASUS GTX560ti or GIGABYTE GTX560ti, supreme cooling solution, and great performance,
prices arent high, - or wait till 660 comes out and see what its performance is like, and the prices for it shouldnt be too high either,

but i guess if the stuttering isnt really annoying you too much / have some extra cash lying around the house / borrow off someone, i would probably try grab a 2gb graphics card, (if you see a 2gb 6970 i would highly recommend it)

edit: also if you want to know which one is better, id go with the EVGA, even though its core and shader clock is lower than the ASUS, its effective memory is 200mhz higher, and is better (i think) - cause core and shader is easily manipulated in whatever overclocking program you're using ( i assume msiafterburner ) - and for overclocking, try not to exceed 10~15% <-- just incase you didnt know, other than that, you're good to go, your other system parts are all good =)

hope this helps
April 21, 2012 3:14:43 AM

Ruuko said:
i think you should save up a little bit for a 7870, performance is great (570 standard) and power consumption is pretty low,

but if nvidia is the "thing" you want, i think going with a 560ti or even a 570 would be better, im pretty sure the prices will further decrease as the release date for the newer 660/670/690 cards draw near

personally i would go for the "mid to higher end" cards, and spend that extra 50~100 dollars, that way it will last me another "gaming year" before it becomes outdated, and the 560 is a pretty good overclocker, i have one myself and i clock it 15% from stock with no problems on msiafterburner, and for games (assuming you like mmorpgs - games such as Diablo 3, TERA, GW3, AION, you will have a better graphics card, and it will, and i assure you, it WILL improve your gaming experience), they might not require a lot, but getting a better graphics card will be better in long run, because who knows, you might find / get recommended a new game and suddenly, BAM you realize your graphics card isnt good enough, and there you have it, wasted the 140 dollars for a mid-end card

your current card is a 6770, theres no reason to be getting another mid ranged card, heck id probably say its a low end when compared to all the other GPUs on the market today, you should aim higher and spend the extra buck for performance, and for me, prices of the 560's and 570's have dropped by 50 dollars> get your moneys worth by getting a better card, that way you wont need to upgrade when you feel like playing a new game and realizing that your card is not sufficient

and note, you are playing on a 1920x1080 reso

GTX560 is 160 here, and GTX560ti is 170 here, (and yes i know your budget is 140 but do think about it - it is most definitely worth it)

my recommendation, ASUS GTX560ti or GIGABYTE GTX560ti, supreme cooling solution, and great performance,
prices arent high, - or wait till 660 comes out and see what its performance is like, and the prices for it shouldnt be too high either,

but i guess if the stuttering isnt really annoying you too much / have some extra cash lying around the house / borrow off someone, i would probably try grab a 2gb graphics card, (if you see a 2gb 6970 i would highly recommend it)

edit: also if you want to know which one is better, id go with the EVGA, even though its core and shader clock is lower than the ASUS, its effective memory is 200mhz higher, and is better (i think) - cause core and shader is easily manipulated in whatever overclocking program you're using ( i assume msiafterburner ) - and for overclocking, try not to exceed 10~15% <-- just incase you didnt know, other than that, you're good to go, your other system parts are all good =)

hope this helps

OP would be throwing money away on a 2gb video card for a single monitor standard HD that is.
April 21, 2012 4:57:00 AM

7970 FTW said:
Still the 6870 is the sweet spot for a solid card at a great reasonable price.


indeed the 6870 is a solid card, but he said he wanted to go with nvidia this time round, i think suggesting him to nvidia cards is the right thing to do, rather than suggesting other amd cards.

I think they're both great cards (AMD and NVIDIA), but in the end, the ultimate decision is for him to decide yeah..
April 21, 2012 5:04:11 AM

Ruuko said:
indeed the 6870 is a solid card, but he said he wanted to go with nvidia this time round, i think suggesting him to nvidia cards is the right thing to do, rather than suggesting other amd cards.

I think they're both great cards (AMD and NVIDIA), but in the end, the ultimate decision is for him to decide yeah..

I recommend the 6870 to OP being that Nvidia cant touch it's price to performance value unless OP can pick up a GTX 560 for under $150 however I don't see that happening which is why the 6870 is really the only card to get for his budget.
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April 21, 2012 5:06:57 AM

Ruuko said:
indeed the 6870 is a solid card, but he said he wanted to go with nvidia this time round, i think suggesting him to nvidia cards is the right thing to do, rather than suggesting other amd cards.

I think they're both great cards (AMD and NVIDIA), but in the end, the ultimate decision is for him to decide yeah..



^+1
Think we have another AMD Fanboi on or hands
April 21, 2012 5:11:45 AM

monsta said:
^+1
Think we have another AMD Fanboi on or hands

I am not so sure how recommending an inferior card to the OP is such a good idea for the 6870 is faster than the GTX 560 and much faster than the 55oti and it's cheaper than the 560 so ...
April 21, 2012 7:24:09 AM

7970 FTW said:
I am not so sure how recommending an inferior card to the OP is such a good idea for the 6870 is faster than the GTX 560 and much faster than the 55oti and it's cheaper than the 560 so ...


well you're obviously not taking what the OP is asking for into account

he said in his post "Im consider to go with NVIDIA this time. "

so if you're going to give him a suggestion, at least give him one that is right, and what he asked for!

we're not having a 6870 vs 560 debate here, nor do i want one, because i personally agree with you, the 6870 is on par, if not, better than the 560, however, the OP wants to try a NVIDIA card

and i answered his question, go for a 560 (as it isnt too expensive, and is a nvidia card), i also answered his question from his original post "Which one is better:" --> "if you want to know which one is better, id go with the EVGA, even though its core and shader clock is lower than the ASUS, its effective memory is 200mhz higher, and is better (i think) - cause core and shader is easily manipulated in whatever overclocking program you're using ( i assume msiafterburner ) - and for overclocking, try not to exceed 10~15% <-- just incase you didnt know, other than that, you're good to go, your other system parts are all good =)"

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