I am considering an upgrade, so here I am trying to figure out the best bang for the buck scenario. I have had a factory overclocked Gigybyte GTX 550 Ti since November 2011 and while it took me through Crysis 3 on medium settings (1920x1080) without a hitch, probably I could appreciate a noticable increase in fps, or alternatively, appeal of the higher settings. Or maybe I am better off waiting for another generation?
A few options at where I live:
1. Going SLI with Gigabyte GV-N550D5-1GI 1GB DDR5 (this one has got the reference settings) == 85€
2. Gigabyte GV-R785OC-2GD- 2GB DDR5 == 175€
3. Gigabyte GV-N660OC-2GD 2GB DDR5 == 190€
4. Gigabyte GV-R787OC-2GD- 2GB DDR5 == 210€
Options 2-4 are known to perform slightly better than the reference models.
I could still probably sell my card for around 70€, so not too sure the SLI is actually worth it.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
Gigybyte GTX 550 Ti (GV-N550OC-1GI)
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
CPU: AMD FX-8320
RAM: 8 GB (2x 4GB Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3/4G)
I tend to avoid Sapphire due to 24 month warranty as opposed to 36 offered by other manufacturers.
No multiplayers. Up to 10 titles per year, mostly the high production value stuff (2013 - Crysis 3, Dead Space 3, Bioshock Infinite, Starcraft II Heart of Swarm, Resident Evil 6, etc.)
From W1zzard's review "his means that price/performance considered, the GTX 660 cannot beat the HD 7870, only to, at best, match it. When comparing the GTX 660 to the HD 7870, I don't see a clear win for either product - both will make you a happy gamer. The GTX 660 has lower idle power, better noise and CUDA/PhysX, and the HD 7870 has higher performance, better gaming power consumption and ZeroCore power."
The last time I went through this (Zotac 8800 GT out/ Sapphire 5570 Xtend TV in, Nvidia drivers out/ Catalyst in) I had to re-install the whole PC as the startup process became unbearably long. Driver Sweeper did not help.