Originally Posted by Boomstick68
Hate to do this but I could use a nudge in the right direction. I'm planning on upgrading my graphics performance but I'm torn on what to do. One idea is to add a second 560 in SLI. Or second, get a higher end card, and I'm not partial to Nvidia, I've used Radeon cards in the past and love them too. But lately, drivers seem to be a bit buggy for Nvidia right now which has me looking to a Radeon card. To help you help me, let me give you some more info on future plans that would impact this decision. I do plan on running multiple monitors, at least two 24". So, I have a budget of about $325 for this upgrade. Please don't respond with "You should update that FX 4100 instead." Yes, I know. But since I can't return it to Newegg for refund and given all the bad press it has gotten which means Ebay is out of the question as well, I'm just going to have to keep it. If anyone here has performance benches with two 560 non Ti's, please chime in. Seems like two 560's should be pretty fast.
I recommend that you wait at least until the new nvidia and AMD cards come out. Not only will nvidia's cards possibly (if the new rumours are true) be much faster, the old ones will be cheaper. $325 seems like a good price for an Asus 6950 Direct CU II. If you plan on SLIing 560Ti's which I recommend if you are planning on using multiple monitors, then keep in mind that your VRAM will stay the same. Also playing FPS games with two monitors isn't ideal...
EDIT: I didn't see the processor lol. I recommend you upgrade to a far better processor like a 2500k first. This will allow you to have a far better experience with your current GPU. You might be able to do this within your budget too. Edited by asuperpower - 12/18/11 at 7:17pm