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Upgrading an Nvidia 260 GTX, ~$150 budget

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August 17, 2012 7:45:28 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Around or before September 25th... yay WoW expansions!

BUDGET RANGE: Between $100-$150, after rebates. A slightly higher price may be acceptable as well.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I pretty much exclusively play WoW. I know that for WoW, CPU is most important. But I'm keen on Frapsing first kills come MoP release, and my 260 just isn't cutting it anymore. I'm running most settings on Ultra on the live client with 50-60 FPS in raids, but in beta, with the same settings outside of a raid environment, I seem to be capping out at around 30-40 FPS. I expect that it'll drop to around 20-25 FPS when bombarded with all the new spell effects.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: XFX Nvidia 260 GTX. I can't dig my tower out right now but I'm running a 650-700w Rosewill unit.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:

-- AMD Phenom 2 x4 965 Processor, 3.4 GHz
-- 6 GB dual-channel DDR3 RAM
-- ASUS M4A77T/USB3 (AM3) mobo

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer Nvidia, because they're generally optimized wonderfully for WoW.

OVERCLOCKING: No, not interested. I've had some horrid luck with overclocked cards in the past.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Don't care, but not really interested.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 main, 1280x1024 dual.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I want a cheap, reliable card that will hold up for a minimum of 1 1/2 to 2 years. My 260 has been trucking along nicely since 2008/2009. Sound doesn't bother me, so loud fans are a non issue. Heat is a mild concern, because my room is generally sitting at ~80 degrees anyway. The cooler the better, but I doubt anything will run hotter than this monster card I have now.

Thanks much!

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August 17, 2012 8:07:35 AM

I'm tempted to recommend the GTX550 Ti. It will play wow at 1080p at around med/high settings just fine, but it is considered previous generation and wont hold up to anything newer at a similar or slightly higher price.

As much as i dislike AMD, I do have to recommend the 7770. around the price of your budget and a great card overall.

I recommend getting the Asus version.
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August 17, 2012 10:26:52 AM

Deemo13 said:
I would much rather recommend the 6850 over the 550Ti. Its much quicker and justifies the price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i thought of that till i read OVERCLOCKING: No, not interested. I've had some horrid luck with overclocked cards in the past. PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer Nvidia then i realized it wouldn't be in OP best interest i think the 560 is best fit for OP
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August 17, 2012 10:31:45 AM

In that case I would recommend the 560 over the 550Ti, because of the price/performance ratio.
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August 17, 2012 10:45:18 AM

hehehe yes the 550 TI would be a waste of money one of the most suck cards i have ever try and glad i never bought one my poor friend did though he was pissed lol i told him all you had to do was google it to find out it was junk or ask me but hes a noob still my buddy though hehehe poor guy.
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August 17, 2012 11:11:32 AM

560 is your best bet for that price as you only want an nvidia card
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August 17, 2012 1:08:52 PM

Tyrannosaur25 said:
I'm tempted to recommend the GTX550 Ti. It will play wow at 1080p at around med/high settings just fine, but it is considered previous generation and wont hold up to anything newer at a similar or slightly higher price.

As much as i dislike AMD, I do have to recommend the 7770. around the price of your budget and a great card overall.

I recommend getting the Asus version.


if the OP uses the 216sp of the gtx260 the only benefit the 550ti would give him is DX11 support and it would probably run a bit cooler, otherwise the 260 more or less performs around the same in most games
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August 17, 2012 1:13:41 PM

Carch:

Your answer: 560
due to $150 cost cap and Nvidia love ... However ...

You MIGHT want to consider for a mere
$152.98 - MSI AMD Radeon HD6850 1G Pcie GDDR5 at Amazon


http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

The above link is a benchmark and cost graph of assorted GPU's. The 6850 is substantially better in cost for performance. Just food for thought - the 560 will be fine, the 6850 would have better performance (disclaimer - I have a 6850 and I love it !! )
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August 17, 2012 1:37:27 PM

OP the 560 i linked is only$169.99 $149.99 after $20.00 rebate(s) here is the benchmarks to show you how well each preform as you can see the 560 pretty much wins though the 6850 puts up a decent fight i still would suggest you get the 560 or if you would be willing to consider amd a 6870 would be ideal http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/539?vs=543&
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