Originally Posted by zadermac
Yea i went from a amd athlon 64 x2 3800+ to the G620 using the 8800 gts 512 and wow the bottleneck from the 3800+ was severe to say the least.
Suddenly after like 2 years with the 8800 it was like a new card with the 8800 and the G620 i can play all games out at medium setting 1920 x 1080
and BF3 at minimum with 1660x1050 at about 25 to 35 fps. Then i got the GTX 550 ti and maybe its just me but improvements seem very minimal
compared to what i was expecting. Games like Batman and Metro 2033 as soon as you enabled DX11 features would spit this card out like its generally
to weak of a card to support the DX11 features in the first place. I feel like the 550 ti is a no eye candy card and was hoping the 560 ti would let me put at least
a little bit of shiny to my gaming experience.
The 560Ti is a highly capable card. As i mentioned though, i would highly recommend the 2gb version so you have a bit more freedom, especially in games such as BF3, Which eats vram for Breakfast. You will comfortably be able to play BF3 with all high settings at 1080p with a 560Ti. However: See my below post.
Originally Posted by GeforceGTS
Wasn't really contracting, the link you posted and have now removed was for a GTX 460 SE or 768mb that's all
I wouldn't normally recommend him a 460, but to be honest it may be his best option to pick up a 1gb 460 cheap second hand, his CPU will hinder a 560Ti/570 so why waste the money if he doesn't plan to overclock or upgrade anything else?
I see where you are coming from here, But changing from a 550Ti to a 460 is completely and ridiculously pointless, and a complete waste of money.
OP: I think the biggest gain you could possible get here, is from changing the CPU. The Pentium chip really does fall behind in gaming. An i3 2100 would bring a large gain, and eliminate any bottlenecks you may be experiencing here, Or even if possible an i5.
The 560Ti may bring you a minimal gain in performance, but not enough with your current setup to make it a viable upgrade. At the moment you have a low end system with a mid range graphics card, I know why you want to crank up the graphics options in newer games, but with your current system its not really an option.
For now i would keep the 550ti, And invest in a new CPU as said above. I really think this will make a difference.