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Upgrading PNY GTX 550 TI

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May 12, 2012 1:23:23 AM


USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Primarily The Secret World, but also a variety of other games, ranging form Skyrim, to DOTA 2, D3, and well whatever else looks interesting in the non-fps genre's.

GPU: PNY GTX 550ti.
PSU: ENERMAX LIBERTY ECO II ELT720AWT-ECO_II 720W ATX12V v2.3 CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CPU: Intel Pentium E6700 Wolfdale 3.2GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80571E6700
4 gigs memory, win 7

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I generally use new egg, but I'm open to others if prices are better.


PARTS PREFERENCES: I've had bad experience with Radeon's in the past, and have been using nvidia for my last 3 or so cards, but I have heard that Radeon isn't so bad ... so if the performance distance is drastically higher for similar pricing i'd be happy to make the move.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, I'm fine with doing it, if it gets me enough more band. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: My prefernce would be to buy something that I can SLI or Crossfire with in the future instead of buying 2 lower end cards now.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080. Though something that can perform higher is preferred as it is my intention to upgrade monitor in the not too distant future as well.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is step one in an overhaul, I decided to upgrade my GPU first because I have another computer that is missing a GPU that I can toss this one into, as a back up for the time being while I upgrade all the various parts in this one. I'm looking to spend between 250 and 350 dollars, though around 300 is my preference.

I've been looking at:

GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 012-P3-2066-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores FTW 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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May 12, 2012 8:52:26 AM

In that price range, you can grab a GTX 480 (which on average, performs better than all those cards listed.) The problem with the 480 is it can run hot and sort-of loud (people say, i never hear mine though.) If those are dealbreakers, though, the cards that you listed are good cards, and very similar in price/performance.

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May 12, 2012 1:26:58 PM

Or this (AMD)

I have heard many issues with the 7850 though...

EDIT: Sorry OP, I will give you Pros and cons so you could see the details pretty much

+ Superior performance than 570 and 7850
+ Very stable and mature driver as it is kinda old (2-3 years if I am not wrong)
+ Cheaper than 570 and 7850 (very good pure price/performance)
+ Great to SLI
- Older tech (You still got DX11 to play with though)
- High Power consumption
- Runs pretty Hot 80C is pretty common with this card

560 Ti 448
+ Trade blows with 7850 (but obviously not the 480)
+ Stable and mature driver just like 480 (I really, really rarely see someone having 560 Ti 448 with issues)
+ Great to SLI too
+ Cooler, Lower power consumption (compared to 480)
+ Overclockable
- A bit of older tech (compared to the 7850)
- Still not cooler and lower power consumption compared to the 7850
- Most expensive of the pack

+ Newer tech
+ Consumes least power of the pack
+ Runs coolest of the pack
+ Same performance than 560 Ti 448 although it is losing from the 480
+ Overclock really great (I saw them getting OC'd to 1050 Mhz easy (190Mhz increase) without much effort)
+- Priced right in the middle
+- Good to crossfire, but drivers can be buggy when crossfiring.
- Doesn't perform as well as 480
-- Buggy driver (maybe because it's new, but many people have issues)

Good luck man :) 
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May 12, 2012 5:13:57 PM

Thanks guys, I think I'll go with the 480 then, I can SLI it down the road after I've upgraded other parts. Help greatly apreciated.
May 19, 2012 12:00:23 AM

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