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Thinking of upgrading from a GTX550 ti (Intel DG33FB), Should I?

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a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 6:33:20 AM

Hey guys,
I was thinking of upgrading from my GTX550Ti to a GTX 560 or a Radeon 6870, should I do it? My computer is REALLY old though, here are the specs -

Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 - 2.33 Ghz
Intel DG33FB Mobo
nVidia GTX 550 Ti
700W Cooler Master PSU
8GB DDR2 RAM

Do you think it will be able to handle any of the 2? (GTX 560 or Radeon 6870)

Waiting for your reply,
Thanks in Advance.
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 6:35:59 AM

Both of the cards will work, and you will see a nice improvement, but you're right, the age of the computer will hold you back. The only way to get a large improvement would be to start over will new parts.

Why did you want to upgrade?
August 1, 2012 6:37:12 AM

Probably easier to start and build a whole new pc. That is if you cant run games you want to play.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 6:42:09 AM

looks to be about time for a new start if you need an upgrade.

the old cpu you have there will seriously cripple a new card.
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 6:43:17 AM

Well it depends somewhat on the games you are trying to play, but yes, anything modern will probably require a new build. Doesn't hurt to get a 6870 and try it out first though.
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 6:46:32 AM

The HD 6870 will work, but it will not be utilized to it's maximum potential because your aging CPU and RAM will bottleneck the card. It would be best to build a new computer.
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 6:50:54 AM

I'm actually 17 right now, and I'm not able to convince my dad :(  I have some money in PayPal (Web designing, Android Theming Donations) through which I can buy a card. I know my computer won't give maximum power but I'll be happy if it gives me good FPS.

I wanted a new card cuz right now, I'm not able to play games like GTA (IV) with graphic mods like ENB, and games like Max Payne 3 stagger a lot. I'm on 1680x1050 resolution therefore the current GPU isn't able to render good I guess.

Here's what I've shortlisted -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which one would be the right choice?

(Sorry for posting so many options, I hope you don't get irritated)
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 6:56:53 AM

El Tigre said:
I would suggest the ASUS HD 7870 as it's faster than the GTX 670 you linked and it runs cooler over most of them too. ASUS makes great cards and are one of the best brands to go for. OC your CPU will help mitigate the bottleneck and will give you a few more FPS in games too.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Both the 7870 and 670 are extremely expensive for me. I can't go over 190$ !
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 7:00:24 AM

Oops, I was typing way too fast and my GF called me thus distracting me, lol

I meant that the HD 6870 is faster than the GTX 560 that you linked.

Go for this one instead as I noticed that the ASUS card was a GTX 560 DCII, lol

/end noob moment, lol

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 7:01:18 AM

For $190, the 6870 (from any board partner) will work great.
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 7:09:30 AM

Both cards perform around the same with the HD 6870 being a bit faster, but the GTX 560 will be a bit faster in most games as most games tend to favor Nvidia cards.

The GTX 560 will have the advantage of PhysX as AMD cards do not have that feature. Both cards OC well too. But it will be futile as your CPU will bottleneck any performance gained from OC.
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 7:30:31 AM

Okay, final decision!

6870 or GTX 560? :) 

(Or any other?)
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 7:36:25 AM

Again, they're so close it hard to tell. The XFX 6870 does come with a copy of Dirt3 and a limited lifetime warranty, so that's what I'd get. Actually that's what I'm using now, so I may be a little biased.
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 7:39:35 AM

claysm said:
Again, they're so close it hard to tell. The XFX 6870 does come with a copy of Dirt3 and a limited lifetime warranty, so that's what I'd get. Actually that's what I'm using now, so I may be a little biased.


How is it? :D 
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 7:42:43 AM

I've had no issues with it for 8 months now. Works great for all games :) 
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 7:47:19 AM

claysm said:
I've had no issues with it for 8 months now. Works great for all games :) 


Do you have the double D (dual fan) version or the normal one?
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 7:53:38 AM

The single fan model. Full load, temps hit around 75c.
a c 109 U Graphics card
a b å Intel
August 1, 2012 8:37:56 AM

Best option would be waiting for either the 650TI or the 660TI.
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 8:44:19 AM

Yeah, if the GTX 660 Ti sells for $250, that will be THE BEST card to get for under $300 PERIOD, lol

It's only a bit slower than my GTX 670, it whomps an HD 7950 and can dance with an HD 7970 in a few games. lol
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 8:45:35 AM

Haha, that crosses the limit a bit! :) 
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 8:49:26 AM

You have about another 2 weeks or so until it comes out, start saving up those pennies, lol

The GTX 660 Ti will be more powerful and MUCH more worth it than both the HD 6950 and GTX 560 Ti combined!
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 8:55:28 AM

No way to earn more money :( 
a c 92 U Graphics card
August 1, 2012 5:37:02 PM

A new card will barely give you any more performance since you are being limited extremely by a core 2 duo at 2.33ghz... Waste of money buying a card more powerful than a 550ti.

You won't be able to do anything with the new card except turn AA up.
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 2:41:58 AM

Or should I go with AMD?
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 2:42:08 AM

gamerkila57 said:
great choice but it will be bottle necked until you upgrade your rig ?


I know :( 

Will i5 be enough for this?
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 2:44:19 AM

An i5 is enough for virtually any card or cards. If a game is bottlenecked by an i5-2500K, then there's not much you can do about it.
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 2:46:10 AM

claysm said:
An i5 is enough for virtually any card or cards. If a game is bottlenecked by an i5-2500K, then there's not much you can do about it.


I can also get the i7 - 3820 if I convince my dad. Is it a good buy? With an Intel Extreme Series board. Good enough?
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 2:46:37 AM

arzbhatia said:
Or should I go with AMD?

go with what you can afford ?
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 2:59:00 AM

That's pretty cheap. But I'll go for the 3820 if possible duh! hehe
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 3:04:59 AM

No, I cannot recommend the i7-3820. That CPU is a very niche product that runs on the X79 chipset, and the only reason for it is to get the advantages of X79 without the cost of the six-core CPU's, the i7-3930K and i7-3960X. Unless you just need a six-core CPU and 40 lanes of PCI-e 3.0 (which most people do not), I would recommend the i5-3570K and the Z77 platform.

If you intend to use this system for gaming, you will see no real advantage of going with X79 over Z77.
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 3:09:30 AM

Okay so I'm aiming at the i5 for saving money haha! :D 

Thank you so much guys, I'll keep you updated!
a c 92 U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 3:25:29 AM

buy an i5.
a c 109 U Graphics card
a b å Intel
August 2, 2012 5:16:13 AM

i5-2500K.
a b U Graphics card
August 3, 2012 9:16:00 PM

I'll probably get the i7 3820. Is it good enough?
Along with single chip Corsair 8GB RAM
Annnnnnd.. don't know which mobo.
a c 109 U Graphics card
a b å Intel
August 3, 2012 10:58:17 PM

It's a waste, get an i5 for much cheaper.
a c 92 U Graphics card
August 4, 2012 2:16:38 AM

arzbhatia said:
I'll probably get the i7 3820. Is it good enough?
Along with single chip Corsair 8GB RAM
Annnnnnd.. don't know which mobo.

don't buy that i7. Its a lot worse than the i5 2500k at gaming.
a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2012 11:52:48 AM

What about i7 2600k?
a c 92 U Graphics card
August 4, 2012 5:40:46 PM

Why do you want an i7? they are not as good as an i5 but more expensive...
a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 6:06:09 AM

esrever said:
Why do you want an i7? they are not as good as an i5 but more expensive...


The i7-2600K and 2700K/3770K are the same as the i5-2500K/3570K, they just have Hyperthreading. So, technically, they are better than the i5's. But Hyperthreading will give you no advantage in gaming, so they're usually not worth the price. But the i7-3820 is worse than the i5-2500K/3570K for gaming.
a c 92 U Graphics card
August 5, 2012 6:07:02 AM

claysm said:
The i7-2600K and 2700K/3770K are the same as the i5-2500K/3570K, they just have Hyperthreading. So, technically, they are better than the i5's. But Hyperthreading will give you no advantage in gaming, so they're usually not worth the price. But the i7-3820 is worse than the i5-2500K/3570K for gaming.

hyperthreading still has negative impacts to gaming. The i5 are technically better than the i7s because of that.
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