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Meddyck24 
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Subject: Upgrade GTX 260 to what for SWTOR?
I have a 3 year old system that just isn't cutting it for SWTOR. At times I get great frame rates even with in game settings maxed but all too often it drops below 30fps. I'm looking to upgrade the video card now. I don't plan to do any other upgrades since I will likely buy a new system sometime in 2012. Here's my current specs:

nForce 680i SLI-capable MB (PCI-Express 1.0)
Core 2 Duo E8400 3Ghz
Vista 32-bit
4GB RAM
GeForce GTX 260 896MB
1280x1024 monitor

I'm undecided between a GTX 560, Radeon 6870, and GTX 560 Ti. I have a preference for nVidia but since I likely will use this new card for less than a year (I'll be getting a next gen card when I get the new system) I'm open to taking a chance on AMD. I'm looking to spend under $230 (current price on GTX 560 Ti at Amazon and Newegg).

What do you suggest I get?

Will prices on higher end AMD cards (eg 6970) go down when the 7000 series comes out next month? Any word on when the nVidia 600 series is coming out?

 

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Subject: Upgrade GTX 260 to what for SWTOR?
I like the 560 TIs, good card, and could even compliment a new system nicely (get a second one when you buy your new system and go SLI)

 

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Subject: Upgrade GTX 260 to what for SWTOR?
The graphics card wont be your bottle neck, but if you can't go wrong with the 560 TI.

For reference, I notice some slowdown on TOR maxed out with my phenom II X4 / 560 TI. It isn't my GPU causing the problem; girlfriends sandy bridge i7 eats the game with a gtx 260.

 

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Subject: Upgrade GTX 260 to what for SWTOR?
I got perfectly acceptable if not very good frame rates on Korriban but in Dromund Kaas I've been getting a lot in the 25-30 fps range. I guess because it's just bigger with more open spaces. In beta there was a graphic setting to control the clipping range that would probably help. I wonder if there is a way to hack that into the ini file.

 

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Subject: Upgrade GTX 260 to what for SWTOR?
What cpu cooler do you have? I bet you could bump that wolfdale to 4Ghz extremely easily and see if you see a diff. I bet you will.

 

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Subject: Upgrade GTX 260 to what for SWTOR?
Meddyck24 posted:
At times I get great frame rates even with in game settings maxed but all too often it drops below 30fps.


Same here, but the smooth performance of the game never falters.

People get too hung up on frame rates in my view, not least in single person RPGs and MMORPGs.

What you haven't told us is how the game is running.

 

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Subject: Upgrade GTX 260 to what for SWTOR?
i upgraded from a gtx 280 to a 560 ti soc. pretty noticeable improvement i must say.

the 280 died on me though so it was a forced upgrade.

i wouldnt recommend a 560 ti less than the twin frozr ii or gigabyte soc versions however.

personally i have the 1ghz gigabyte version and it runs skyrim at 60 fps on ultra settings (with shadows set to high because the ultra ones drop fps by some ridiculous amount) + fxaa.

 

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Subject: Upgrade GTX 260 to what for SWTOR?
Seffrid posted:
Meddyck24 posted:
At times I get great frame rates even with in game settings maxed but all too often it drops below 30fps.


Same here, but the smooth performance of the game never falters.

People get too hung up on frame rates in my view, not least in single person RPGs and MMORPGs.


The performance hit is indeed very notable when the framerate drops below 30 fps. I upgraded to the latest beta drivers this morning and turned on high quality textures in game and for some reason performance has improved considerable (or maybe it's just I'm leveling casually and so there are fewer players around to drag down my framerates).

Anyway I went ahead and ordered a GTX 560 Ti and feel confident that should make the game play and look great. Thanks for the suggestions, all.

 

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Im running the precision tool from EVGA Ive got a 920 core i7 and its running at 97%+ most of the time I havnt checked the FPS but it doesnt feel smooth...

 

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Sorry to bump an old post but I have a very similar PC and was just wondering how much of an improvement you got with the new card?

Would have PM'ed you but stupid IGN tells me I need 20 posts to send a pm -.-

 

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No surprise that the 560 Ti has been a substantial improvement over the 260. I'm pleased with the decision to buy it given the price and performance. SWTOR can still benefit from a faster card than that, but I didn't feel like paying for one with all the new cards right around the corner.

 

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Subject: Upgrade GTX 260 to what for SWTOR?
CPU might be little bit of a bottle neck too given reviews I have seen. But GPU more so with a 260.

 

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