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Old 12-06-2011, 06:47 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I'm looking to upgrade my GPU from the GeForce 550Ti I currently have to something that will last me a little while for gaming. My current PSU is 500W, which is not enough, so I need to upgrade that as well. For the PSU I'd LIKE to spend less than $100, but I can go a bit over it necessary. For the GPU I want it to be nVidia specifically, as that's all I've ever owned and I am comfortable with it, and I'd like to spend less than $300.

EDIT: (I guess I am willing to try a Radeon, but I'm a little nervous. Mainly because I have NO idea what the numbers mean as far as how good the card is. So if it's more power for less money, and it'll work just fine, I'll take a Radeon too.)

PC:
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Case: Full ATX

Windows 7 64Bit

Let me know if you need any more information. Thanks in advance.

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Upgrading from a 550Ti for under $300, means a GTX 560Ti. Look for a 750 class supply to power it.

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Hmm, only one option huh? It just seemed like there was a lot more room to move upward, what with my 550Ti not able to run most modern games on full graphics. How many other options are there above the 560Ti? And what are the rough costs? I might be able to go as high as $400, but I didn't really want to originally.

On a side note, my wife has the exact same computer, except her GPU is an old GeForce GTS 250 and we are looking to upgrade hers as well, probably to the same card I get.

Thanks for the quick reply and any future replies.
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Well next up would be the GTX 570 for around $350. On the AMD Radeon side, look at the HD 6950 (~$250) and the HD 6970 (~$350)
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Ok, I'm looking at Newegg and there are 560Ti's for anywhere between $250 and $314. Is there really that big a difference between the cards? If not should I just get the cheapest? Something in the middle perhaps?

I'd love to get a 570, and perhaps I'll look into that, but if I have to get the $400 570 because the $350 570 is crap, well then that won't work at all :)

Edit: It's also worth noting that I built my system off of this forums suggested gaming rig builds. So far all the parts are for the $1000 system, but obviously I want a better graphics card. So my question is, since Radeon is suggested, should I get the Radeon HD 6950? Will that work better with my system? I'm just trying to get a good idea of what I should do before I spend money :)

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Anyone know about the price differences and if they are significant?
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Though priced differently, the cards are usually very much the same. Major differences may be the video memory capacity (1GB - 2GB or more), factory overclocking (OC), and specially designed cooling solutions. Also, I suspect the bonus "free" game may play a part in the cost. Make sure to figure in any shipping costs to the price.

Nvidia vs Radeon? Both are good, and are equally compatible with your system. If you do decide to switch to a Radeon, make sure to completely remove the old Nvidia drivers.

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