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"Upgrading gtx 460, around $200 budget"

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April 1, 2013 3:15:29 PM

So I was going to upgrade my gtx 460 to SLI.
I ordered another one off ebay for $90 with shipping, but the guy never shipped it and I ended up with a refund.

My question:
should I stick with the gtx 460 sli with only 1gb vram?
Or should I upgrade to a card with 2gb vram?

I like to play FPS like BSInfinite, BF3, Crysis 3.
It would be nice if I could upgrade to SLI or crossfire in the future.


My computer specs:
i5-2500k at 4.2 ghz
16 gb ram, only 8gb shows up in windows 8 64 bit.
maximus iv gene-z z68 mobo
60gb ssd

I also have an old computer that I upgraded from that I was going to sell, but it now needs a video card and a hard drive.
I could upgrade my video card and drop the 460 in the old computer or sell the 460, get a cheap video card for the old computer, and put all the money towards a good video card for my new rig.
Any opinions/advice??
April 1, 2013 3:22:41 PM

Okay. Upgrade. 7870 XT or 660 TI.
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April 1, 2013 3:25:39 PM

Definitly get a new card. SLI/Crossfire is only noticable in some games. Put the 460 in the old computer, because that card is still capable of running a couple of games. For 200$, I would get the 660. If you do want to go a bit cheaper, get the new 650TI boost. However, if you save up a bit, get the 660TI. It's a great card that's capable of running every game you listed above at ultra settings.
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April 2, 2013 8:30:17 AM

get the gtx 660 non-ti or the 7870 xt for around $200.
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April 2, 2013 8:38:51 AM

Thanks guys great answers. I was thinking about messing around with gta iv with mods and maybe skyrim and I know they can eat up vram, but look very beautiful.

Considering that the new xbox and ps4 are basically x86 gaming computers, I would think that this rig this would keep me happy into the future with the option of upgrading to sli in a year or two.

I was wondering how future proof this vram would be though.
I've heard that the new ps4 runs 1.5gb vram in the new killzone game that coming out.
But I'm confused cause it says something about 8gb and I'm not sure if that's vram or regular ram.
Do you think the nextgen console will be capable of running more that 2gb vram?
Do you think that many pc games in the near future will need more than 2gb vram?

Thanks so much for the responses, great advice so far!!
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April 2, 2013 9:13:52 AM

Daniel Jackson said:
Thanks guys great answers. I was thinking about messing around with gta iv with mods and maybe skyrim and I know they can eat up vram, but look very beautiful.

Considering that the new xbox and ps4 are basically x86 gaming computers, I would think that this rig this would keep me happy into the future with the option of upgrading to sli in a year or two.

I was wondering how future proof this vram would be though.
I've heard that the new ps4 runs 1.5gb vram in the new killzone game that coming out.
But I'm confused cause it says something about 8gb and I'm not sure if that's vram or regular ram.
Do you think the nextgen console will be capable of running more that 2gb vram?
Do you think that many pc games in the near future will need more than 2gb vram?

Thanks so much for the responses, great advice so far!!


The ps4 has an apu which means that there is an integrated gpu.
Integrated gpus share the ram with the system. So the 8gb of ddr5 will be shared with the whole system.
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April 2, 2013 2:16:55 PM

Daniel Jackson said:
Thanks guys great answers. I was thinking about messing around with gta iv with mods and maybe skyrim and I know they can eat up vram, but look very beautiful.

Considering that the new xbox and ps4 are basically x86 gaming computers, I would think that this rig this would keep me happy into the future with the option of upgrading to sli in a year or two.

I was wondering how future proof this vram would be though.
I've heard that the new ps4 runs 1.5gb vram in the new killzone game that coming out.
But I'm confused cause it says something about 8gb and I'm not sure if that's vram or regular ram.
Do you think the nextgen console will be capable of running more that 2gb vram?
Do you think that many pc games in the near future will need more than 2gb vram?

Thanks so much for the responses, great advice so far!!


Don't worry about it. The fact is 1 GB GDDR5 is enough.
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April 2, 2013 3:46:39 PM

Don't worry about it. The fact is 1 GB GDDR5 is enough.
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So are you saying that I should get another gtx 460 and run sli with only 1gb.
Would it be better to run games like skyrim and gta iv with mods with the 460 sli and reducing anti-aliasing and draw distance?

I definitely like the gtx 660 2gb.
I'll probably order one off newegg for $190.

I don't know how I'm going to sell my old computer though.
Can't decide whether to sell the parts on ebay, or buy a new hdd and disc drive and try to sell it completed on craigslist.
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April 2, 2013 4:45:57 PM

What I am saying is that 1GB is enough for games without anti-aliasing, mods etc. But if you are going down that route, then 2GB VRAM would be ideal.

The 660 for $190 is a great deal. It is always going to be better to buy a single, more powerful GPU rather than two lesser GPUs. If you get the 660, you will be able to buy another one in the near future. ON the contrary, SLI-ing a 460 will cease any further upgrading, and you will need to buy a whole new GPU altogether.

In regards to selling, remember to wipe off any sensitive data. What you can do is keep the 460 for your old computer, and buy the 660 for your new computer. Depending on how much someone is willing to offer for a 460, it , may be worthwhile trying to sell it.

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April 19, 2013 4:55:10 PM

Are you looking to get rid of your old 460?? I'm looking for one currently
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