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Thinking about upgrading a 560ti to a 670

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August 7, 2012 9:29:24 PM

Hello,
First of all is the upgrade even worth it? I can play BF3 on high at decent fps. I'm just curious.

Anyway I would like to know if there would be any problems or bottlenecks associated with my mobo, as I have a dell xps 8300 and I've upgraded some of the parts.

Specs:
Intel Core i7-2600 at 3.4 ghz
Ram: 8 GB
PSU: corsair GS700

If I forgot to mention any relevant parts let me know.

Extra question:

I'm pretty sure my PCIe slot is 2.0. If I dropped a 3.0 card in there how bad would the performance decrease be?
August 7, 2012 9:32:22 PM

I would say that you are fine, but all you have to worry about is if you are really benefiting
yourself like you think you are, the 560ti is a good card, the 670 is better, i suggest waiting for the 660ti
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August 7, 2012 9:55:39 PM

The GTX 670 is noticeable better than your GTX 560 Ti in terms of gaming performance, by the looks of it: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=598

Expect a few frames lost by using a PCI-E 3.0 card on a PCI-E 2.0 slot. Nothing significant fortunately. The GTX 670 seems like a worthy card to upgrade to. Another option would be SLI, but I wouldn't recommend it since you are limited to only 1GB of VRAM.
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August 7, 2012 10:03:50 PM

AbdullahG said:
The GTX 670 is noticeable better than your GTX 560 Ti in terms of gaming performance, by the looks of it: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=598

Expect a few frames lost by using a PCI-E 3.0 card on a PCI-E 2.0 slot. Nothing significant fortunately. The GTX 670 seems like a worthy card to upgrade to. Another option would be SLI, but I wouldn't recommend it since you are limited to only 1GB of VRAM.


Well I only have one PCIe x16 slot anyway so SLI is out of the question barring a motherboard replacement and that's a little over my head at the moment. I have an OEM copy of windows and I've read that would cause problems. What's limiting me to 1GB of VRAM?
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August 7, 2012 10:08:52 PM

RCF0900 said:
Well I only have one PCIe x16 slot anyway so SLI is out of the question barring a motherboard replacement and that's a little over my head at the moment. I have an OEM copy of windows and I've read that would cause problems. What's limiting me to 1GB of VRAM?

Well, I cannot discuss the use of an OEM license being reused. The GTX 560 Ti only has 1GB of VRAM. Games that use high-quality textures and such-examples being BF3, Crysis 2, and Skyrim (when modded)-will require more VRAM to run more efficiently. When you run out of VRAM, you typically experience slowdowns and FPS dropping.
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August 7, 2012 10:15:37 PM

AbdullahG said:
Well, I cannot discuss the use of an OEM license being reused. The GTX 560 Ti only has 1GB of VRAM. Games that use high-quality textures and such-examples being BF3, Crysis 2, and Skyrim (when modded)-will require more VRAM to run more efficiently. When you run out of VRAM, you typically experience slowdowns and FPS dropping.


Oh okay, the one I have actually has 2GB. Specifically this one: http://i.imgur.com/KF9ar.png I thought you meant my hardware was limiting it.

If I decide to go through with this, what do you think I should expect to sell my 560ti for?
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August 7, 2012 10:20:25 PM

Best answer selected by RCF0900.
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August 7, 2012 10:22:14 PM

Oh okay. Its resale value can be affected by warranty, condition, and included accessories. A used GTX 560 Ti 2GB will probably sell for around $160 to $180; $200 is you're really lucky, but I doubt it (you can get a new HD 6950 2GB for $200 on Newegg).
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August 7, 2012 10:27:35 PM

Sounds good, thanks for the help man :D 
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August 7, 2012 10:27:55 PM

No problem.
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