Upgrading video card/psu for battlefield 3 help!


Jun 10, 2011
hey guys & gals I'm looking to upgrade my video card for battlefield 3 and I could use some help choosing my new card

Current Specs
Processor Dual Core Intel Pentium E6600 @ 3066MHz
Physical Memory :4096MB (2 x 2048 DDR3-SDRAM )
Video Card :NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 1GB

I was wondering if there's really much of a difference performance wise

between these cards should i spend the extra dollars or just get the 550ti?

I'm wanting to get this card because of the price 140$! :bounce: seems like the best bang for my buck!
MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit

however there's also these

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 244$

MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit $189.99

& MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB Now: $159.99

also taking suggestions on a new 600 watt power supply


Jun 10, 2011
Mainboard DELL - 07N90W /G41 Chipset/

Monitor Rez 1440 X 900 on a 17" may upgrade later if i can get Bf3 running nice and good.

budget? id like to keep costs as low as possible but also willing
to spend a little extra is it's worth it performance wise lets just say 2XX.XX

I'm starting to regret not building my own rig this time around lol
I fell off of the face of the world of pc gaming in 2005 bought this machine to work from home a few months back and while surfing the internet one night i noticed Team fortress 2 had finally been released in my absence and i was immediately sucked back in lol
Research more whether normal card will fit into your case or not.
At 1440 X 900, I think a single GTX550 Ti is enough for your need, it's MUCH faster than your current GT 220. I'm sure you'll happy with it's performance.

550 Ti need one 6pin power connector, so 500W PSU is enough. If you want a PSU with longer life then get a bigger one like 650W for ANY single card and MORE for dual cards setup. :)