I recently had a really sad Gateway lga775 pc bite the dust right when a friend made the jump from his e8400 to an i5-3570k. I guess the story doesn't matter (Mobo is a refurb from China via ebay [no one sells 775 mobos anymore, go figure], hand me down cpu, video card, RAM, new case, new Corsair H60, old power supply and old hard drives) but here is the pc I have right now:
Gigabyte EP45C-DS3 (Supports Crossfire, 16GB DDR2 or 4GB DDR3)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 c0 @ 3.6 ghz (essentially running Mobo's fastest native 400 mhz FSB)
Corsair H60 Water Cooling
2 x 2GB G Skill PC2-6400 (F2-6400CL5S-2GBPQ) @ 800 mhz
Xion 500 Watt PSU
EVGA GeForce 550 Ti
Zalman Z9 Plus case
1 TB WD Caviar Black
250GB stock WD
My question for this thread is what is the best video card upgrade. Keep in mind I have a TDP ceiling with the mid-range 500w psu (bought when the old PC got a now dead 8800GT). I'd rather spend $100-$200 now as I plan on a new PC in about a year.
Bonus questions include what the best RAM upgrade would be.
Don't trust that benchmark. It's inaccurate. Use this instead:
Your power supply unit has no way of powering a GTX 480. NO WAY. HD 7770 is not really a powerful graphics card, it would be a very minor upgrade, thus waste of money. GTX 660 would be a nice upgrade to GTX 550 Ti.
yes a GTX660 or an HD 7850 are your best option. since u r upgrading rest of ur pc next year, these will be awesome.
or if u r really luck u can get your hands on a hd 7870 for 210$!!!!!!!!!!!
can u order from newegg?