Upgrade my 560, will it be worth it?

For starters, my setup:

MB: BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition (OCed to 3.8Ghz)
GPU: MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II/OC
RAM: CORSAIR (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600
PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W

The long and short of it: I want great performance and quality for my gaming. I'm currently getting decent performance, but have to play around with settings on each game, making concessions on this or that graphics option (med shadows, lower AA, etc). I am concerned about spending a lot of money if I'm going to run into a bottleneck.

If it's a simple answer like upgrading my gfx card, as seems to be the norm, would it be worth it to just get a 670? Or could I save some $$$ and still get a decent boost in quality and FPS by SLIing another 560? Not willing to spend more than the cost of a 670.

Or should I look to improve my CPU? I feel as though I'm in a small hump where nothing's really dated enough to worry me, but if I want better performance than I'm getting now (and maintain it), I may need a general overhaul of the system. Or am I wrong?
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  1. I upgraded from 560 non ti to a 670 and love it , my room mate had a 560 as well and I did sli with them while hes was away the gtx 670 was faster than the sli but beyond that the noise and heat from those 2 were awful. the 670 runs 20c cooler for me
  2. You can get another MSI N560GTX of $185 from NE after rebate, I see the MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 for $370 at NE after rebate and you get 2 free games. If you can afford it I'd go with the newest GPU and get the GTX 670.
  3. Vote 670..

    Your cpu is not strong enough to maximize performance of sli/cf configuration..
  4. i vote go for the 670..and overclock, big improvement.
  5. Save your money....The improvement you will see is something that you can't appreciate with your eye...Frame rate difference that can't de differentiated with your eyes unless your display is beyond 1080P.
  6. Yes, it'll be a big improvement, but...

    Why not wait the three or four months for the next lineup of cards? They're coming soon, and will have large performance increases.

    Also, leon, the resolution of the monitor has NOTHING to do with the framerate.
  7. DarkSable said:

    Also, leon, the resolution of the monitor has NOTHING to do with the framerate.


    Really? Resolution has no affect on FPS?
  8. DarkSable said:

    Also, leon, the resolution of the monitor has NOTHING to do with the framerate.



    link please... :sarcastic:

    that's a false and misleading statements...
  9. DarkSable said:
    Also, leon, the resolution of the monitor has NOTHING to do with the framerate.





  10. leon2006 said:
    Save your money....The improvement you will see is something that you can't appreciate with your eye...Frame rate difference that can't de differentiated with your eyes unless your display is beyond 1080P.


    Perhaps you missed the bit where I'm not running every game on max settings. I'm fairly confident I'm going to notice a difference between low/no shadows, minimal AA, and all the other bells and whistles.

    A few good points were raised. I just learned that the next line of cards were coming out next quarter, and appreciate that input here. So the 670 seems to be a favorite, what about the AMD cards?

    And I shouldn't need to worry about any bottle necking going with a beefier hip?
  11. I'd get an i5 over a GPU upgrade first. You will be bottlenecked badly by that Phenom. My minimum frames went up 20% at least by switching to Intel.
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