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Upgrading PNY GTX 550 TI

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The next few days.

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.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
GPU: PNY GTX 550ti.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133431
PSU: ENERMAX LIBERTY ECO II ELT720AWT-ECO_II 720W ATX12V v2.3 CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194078

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
CPU: Intel Pentium E6700 Wolfdale 3.2GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80571E6700
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116370
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128470
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.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USofA

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125419
and
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610
and
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130738
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  1. 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.
  2. Best answer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130758

    Or this (AMD)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984

    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

    480
    + 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

    7850
    + 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 :)
  3. get hd 7850 performs better then gtx 560ti so get it.:)

    i have heard about loud fan noise issues of that gigabyte one.:)

    get this one instead of that with good customer review.:)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984

    review of this card.:)

    http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/sapphire-hd7850-overclock-edition-review/10/
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

    So that for example? Is that a good card? it is in my price range ...

    any thoughts on how great a performance increase I might see between that and my current? (the 550 ti)
  5. 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.
  6. Best answer selected by threeks.
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