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November 14, 2012 6:58:57 AM

Hello all, I've got a few quid together and thinking about upgrading my current PC, as i've had it for about a year now and its getting a tad tiresome.

My current specs are -
Graphics Card - nVidia Geforce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
RAM - 4GB Crosair
Motherboard - Asus Sabretooth P67
Processor - Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge)
Power - 700 w

What i would like to upgrade mainly is the GPU and RAM, i was thinking a 2GB Gigabyte GTX 660 Ti OC,

(http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-gigabyte-gtx-660-ti-...)

and a Corsair Memory Vengeance Red 8GB DDR3,

(http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-racing-red-pc3-14900-(1866)-non-ecc-cas-9-10-9-27-xmp-15v)

If any of these these wouldn't work, please do tell. And do you think any other part would need upgrading to run properly?

Thanks in advance.

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November 14, 2012 7:07:39 AM

Well, you can probably upgrade your ram by buying another 4GB stick of the same brand/model (unless you're using 2x2gb sitcks)

and I'd get a CPU cooler too to overclock that cpu (since you're motherboard does support overclocking)

And 7950 is a much better value than 660 ti.
November 14, 2012 7:58:37 AM

It may be better value, but i've read that the 660 Ti have better performance on lower resolutions, as my monitor is only 1440x900, and plus i've got a bad past with AMD cards...
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November 14, 2012 9:13:36 AM

At that resolution the difference between the cards will be something along the lines of 90 vs 110FPS, well above what your monitor could display anyway. No reason to limit yourself to a weaker card when you could potentially upgrade the monitor (that may actually be a good move).

That Vengeance RAM may cause issues later due to its tall heat-fins if you decide to get aftermarket cooling. I advise a low profile kit like the Vengeance LP or G.Skill Ares.

I think you should upgrade the RAM (assuming you have a 64bit OS) and get a good 1080p monitor. Despite its age the 560Ti is still a good performer at 1080p, roughly between a 7770 and 7850 for performance.
November 14, 2012 10:13:58 AM

manofchalk said:
At that resolution the difference between the cards will be something along the lines of 90 vs 110FPS, well above what your monitor could display anyway. No reason to limit yourself to a weaker card when you could potentially upgrade the monitor (that may actually be a good move)..


Which one would you be implying is the weaker card? As the specs i've looks at, they both have improved areas over each others.

Also, since your on the topic of monitors, could you make any suggestions within a £100-£250, 18-26inch bracket? (as i'd hate a 32 inch monitor on my desk, that's what i have a TV for.)
November 14, 2012 10:27:22 AM

If you're sticking with that monitor, I'd say the GTX 660Ti is a good fit. You will be maxing all games at 60fps. You probably won't even hit 1.5GB VRAM in any games, so you won't see any thrashing. 3GB VRAM would be a waste at that res.
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