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GTX 560 SE or GTX 550 Ti

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August 2, 2012 10:00:40 AM

Ok, so right now i'm running on a low end Radeon 5450.... but it did good for Minecraft and a few other games i played like WoW because i was mainly console at the time when i built my machine. But now that i have gotten into more PC gaming i have been looking for graphics cards, since i already got a new Motherboard and RAM.

AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7GHz
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1600
CORSAIR HX Series HX750
And my Monitor runs at 1920x1080

I was looking at these 2 cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If there is anything better for around $130 let me know

Some games i plan on playing
Diablo 3
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Counter Strike Source
Tribes Ascend
Blacklight Retribution
Portal 2
Left 4 Dead 2
Guild Wars 2

I'm not looking for anything overkill just need something to get me by.

More about : gtx 560 gtx 550

a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 10:08:52 AM

i would say the gtx 550ti but what res are u using
August 2, 2012 10:11:49 AM

1920x1080, but i don't mind going down to 1280x720
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August 2, 2012 10:13:06 AM

Avoid the GTX 550, it is a rework of the GTX 450 but very lack lusture at the budget segment, of the two the 560SE/Ti are better options though the Radeon HD6850 and HD 6870 with mature drivers literally own the budget segment, even a HD 6790 is no slouch, considering that most games are console ports you can still very well game well with a HD 6850.
August 2, 2012 10:17:01 AM

sarinaide said:
Avoid the GTX 550, it is a rework of the GTX 450 but very lack lusture at the budget segment, of the two the 560SE/Ti are better options though the Radeon HD6850 and HD 6870 with mature drivers literally own the budget segment, even a HD 6790 is no slouch, considering that most games are console ports you can still very well game well with a HD 6850.


So basically just stay away from 550, and go for a 560se/ti or a 6850/6870?
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 10:17:39 AM

th gtx 550ti inst tht bad i have one and i can run games on high
August 2, 2012 10:20:38 AM

skitz9417 said:
th gtx 550ti inst tht bad i have one and i can run games on high


What games and what res, it is as expensive as the 6850 but has notable FPS losses to the 6800 series cards now with mature drivers. Not saying its a bad card, its just not feasible anymore.

Cure4Karma said:
So basically just stay away from 550, and go for a 560se/ti or a 6850/6870?


Yes the GTX 560ti is a good card still but ultimately the 6800 gen beats it.

a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 10:21:38 AM

welcome to the forums newcomer!
here's the lowdown.

according to this chart, http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

the GTX560SE and GTX550Ti are tied in for performance and detail.

if its to get you by,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd get this as its the latest offering from AMD in their 7xxx series. Newer tech and should last you a while in those above titles, even low on TDP compared to the GTX5xx.

* the cooler is a squirrel cage blower so all the heat will be exhausted out the back of chassis.
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 10:23:37 AM

well in play at 1280 by 1024 and i play duke nuken forever and gta 4 mafia2 at max
August 2, 2012 10:27:25 AM

Lutfij said:
welcome to the forums newcomer!
here's the lowdown.

according to this chart, http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

the GTX560SE and GTX550Ti are tied in for performance and detail.

if its to get you by,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd get this as its the latest offering from AMD in their 7xxx series. Newer tech and should last you a while in those above titles, even low on TDP compared to the GTX5xx.

* the cooler is a squirrel cage blower so all the heat will be exhausted out the back of chassis.


But the MSI R7770 is a PCI 3.0 and the Motherboard i have only has 2.0x16 slots... or does that not matter?
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 10:30:12 AM

no it doesn't matter. PCI-E 3.0 doesn't even saturate PCI-E 2.0's bandwidth. They are also backwards compatible.
August 2, 2012 10:35:27 AM

Lutfij said:
no it doesn't matter. PCI-E 3.0 doesn't even saturate PCI-E 2.0's bandwidth. They are also backwards compatible.


Ah, ok thanks.
August 2, 2012 10:35:51 AM

If you can save up a bit the HD 7850 will be worth your time, it has no Nvidia competition with the 660ti much a pipedream still and it offers performance like a 6970 and around the GTX 560 448/570 level with a minor clock bump.

AMD's radical GCN architecture runs of very low power usage and thermal signatures, while GK 104 may produce higher core crunching numbers, there is nothing wrong with Radeons.
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 10:55:07 AM

hmm good point, but seems moot as OP only has about 130 to spend. Saving up might mean along time for him - no offence meant!
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 10:58:53 AM

+1 i think he should go with gtx 560 or gtx 550ti
August 2, 2012 11:00:59 AM

ya, i'm only 17 and looking for a job atm :p 
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2012 11:05:33 AM

then the 7770 seals it for you. I own the younger sibling - ATI 5770. Its an awesome card at 1920x1080 with some details down.
August 2, 2012 11:09:25 AM

Well thanks for all the help from those who commented
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