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New Video Card to replace 5770

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September 10, 2012 2:04:37 PM

My current card seems to be struggling as of late. It sounds like it is getting hot, the fan is quite loud and the only game I play (World of Warcraft) is lagging more and more on just medium graphics settings. My budget is between $200 and $300 with some flexibility and due to the fact that I have personally had bad luck with ATI/AMD video cards I was leaning more towards the 560 Ti and the newer 660 Ti. My current system specs are as follows:

OS: Windows 7 - 64 bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3
CPU: i5-760 with a corsair enclosed water cooling unit
Memory: 4 gigs PC3 - 12800 1600 mhz corsair dominator
Hard Drive primary: 128 gig Crucial RealSSD C300
Hard Drive secondary: Two 1 terabyte 7200 rpm for storage
Video Card: XFX 5770 XXX Edition
Power Supply: 700W Coolermatster RC-692-KKN3
Monitor: 27" Viewsonic LCD

My main area of concern between the two cards is that my motherboard is PCI-E 2.0, so is the 560 Ti but the 660 Ti is PCI-E 3.0. I know the 660 Ti will work but I am wondering how much better the 660 will be on my machine than the 560 since my motherboard is PCI-E 2.0. Has anyone had any experience with this? Would the performance difference that I would see between the two cards be worth the roughly $100 price gap?

Thanks for any help that can be offer,
Tyler

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September 10, 2012 2:17:25 PM

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My current card seems to be struggling as of late. It sounds like it is getting hot, the fan is quite loud and the only game I play (World of Warcraft) is lagging more and more on just medium graphics settings. My budget is between $200 and $300 with some flexibility and due to the fact that I have personally had bad luck with ATI/AMD video cards I was leaning more towards the 560 Ti and the newer 660 Ti. My current system specs are as follows:

OS: Windows 7 - 64 bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3
CPU: i5-760 with a corsair enclosed water cooling unit
Memory: 4 gigs PC3 - 12800 1600 mhz corsair dominator
Hard Drive primary: 128 gig Crucial RealSSD C300
Hard Drive secondary: Two 1 terabyte 7200 rpm for storage
Video Card: XFX 5770 XXX Edition
Power Supply: 700W Coolermatster RC-692-KKN3
Monitor: 27" Viewsonic LCD

My main area of concern between the two cards is that my motherboard is PCI-E 2.0, so is the 560 Ti but the 660 Ti is PCI-E 3.0. I know the 660 Ti will work but I am wondering how much better the 660 will be on my machine than the 560 since my motherboard is PCI-E 2.0. Has anyone had any experience with this? Would the performance difference that I would see between the two cards be worth the roughly $100 price gap?

Thanks for any help that can be offer,
Tyler

From what I have seen the difference between pci 2.0 and 3.0 is minimal. Get that shiny 660ti and burn up some games!! :bounce: 
besides if you get an inferior card you will be kicking yourself in the arse later.
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September 10, 2012 2:23:06 PM

Thanks a ton for the replies guys. That really eases my concerns of going with a 3.0 card in an older, but still pretty solid in my opinion, system.

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September 28, 2012 4:33:23 PM

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September 28, 2012 5:31:59 PM

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