Hello all, first post on tom's hardware so thanks for your help. I am a casual gamer looking to upgrade.
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO, Intel 1155 core i7 2600k (3.4ghz) Corsair Vengeance 4gb (x2) ddr3, Corsair PSU (800w), ASUS GTX560 (1gb), Western Digital (2tb) plus 2 other older drivers (500 & 150 gb). Lastly, 24" Hanns G LED
Testing BF3 yesterday, tweaking the AA I can get 50fps on ultra. I want to be able to player newer titles in the coming years on max settings.
GTX560 SLI, or buy a new card? SSD drive? Increased ram? Lastly, a 120hz monitor?
I am on a budget unfortunately, meaning most sensible option in terms of cost is to try and get a second hand 560 (harder to come by in Britain brand new and still quite expensive). SSD seems to be a good option. Ram I'm told is useless above 8gb for gaming, purely for bragging rights. Monitor, too much money but I'd still like to hear your thoughts.
More performance can only be gain via a new gpu or OCing. You won't get huge gains with an OC. Maybe 5-10 fps.
Sell your 560 and then see how much money you have to dump on a new GPU.
It's difficult to find mid-range cards, a 560ti is still circa £140 ($225) - it isn't worth getting this. Would you go GeForce or ATI, which card would you go for? I can get a second hand GTX560 (non ti) to SLI with my current card for around £80 ($130), and and SSD for £55 ($90). I just got a laptop with an SSD in it for work, the boot time is impressive, but I doubt this would make any difference with fps. In terms of card budget if I sold the current card for $130, and then added another $130 of my own cash, I'd get $260, say max budget of $300 for a new card. What can I buy with $300 that is worth it?
Furthermore, with the odd second-hand pricing of the 560 and the 560 Ti (basically similar), I could end up selling the 560, and buying two Ti's for much cheaper per unit. Would that be a relevant compromise?