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Upgrading Graphics from a pair of SLI GTX 460s. Suggestions?

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April 9, 2014 7:06:38 AM

Helping a friend with his computer build, but wanted to get some other opinions due to my unfamiliarity with older card benchmarks. I built/helped upgrade his rig myself so I'm fairly familiar with it. His current specs are:

AMD FX8350
MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2 motherboard
16GB Kingston HyperX T1 RAM
GeForce GTX 460 1GB in SLI.
700W Thermaltake 80+ Bronze powersupply.

Price Range: $150-$250, maybe up to $300.
Usage: Exclusively gaming with a Single monitor @ 1920x1080p.
Part Preferences: I've preferred nVidia for a long time, but he's has no preference. Any suggestions from the Green or Red camp are more than welcome. Case is a mid tower Coolermaster HAF, even thought he SLI setup is a tad cramped it hasn't shown any heating issues. Preference for EVGA ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte graphics card vendors. Not familiar with best AMD vendors, so open to suggestions from that side of the fence.
Overclocking: No
Future SLI/Crossfire: Maybe

Plays most things fine, but it's starting to show a little long in the tooth on those graphics cards. he wants to boost performance at 1080p, so I suggested a single GTX760 for a possible slight boost from where he's at now, with the option of a second GTX760 later down the road, or save a bit extra and get a 770.

Any other suggestions/opinions would be appreciated.

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April 9, 2014 7:28:02 AM
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April 9, 2014 7:30:29 AM

for your price range, get a gtx 760. you can find them for $250-$300.
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April 9, 2014 7:39:49 AM

I may look into the R9 280. I had not thought about the non-X version. My initial suggestion was the 760, but was unsure it would be a noticeable performance gain.
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April 9, 2014 7:44:28 AM

CraigN said:
I may look into the R9 280. I had not thought about the non-X version. My initial suggestion was the 760, but was unsure it would be a noticeable performance gain.


It should give GTX760 run for it's money, plus not to mention the R9 280's 3GB of VRAM and 384-bit memory bus, it might come handy in future titles.
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April 9, 2014 7:52:57 AM

true, if you have the money then the r9 280 should be great.
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April 9, 2014 7:56:36 AM

Sorry, what I meant was the 760 might not be a noticeable performance gain over the GTX 460s in SLI. But the 280 or 280X might be a different story. I'll pitch it to him and see what he thinks.

Is the performance gap on the 280 to 280X within overclocking range? Just curious.
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April 9, 2014 7:59:23 AM

CraigN said:
Sorry, what I meant was the 760 might not be a noticeable performance gain over the GTX 460s in SLI. But the 280 or 280X might be a different story. I'll pitch it to him and see what he thinks.

Is the performance gap on the 280 to 280X within overclocking range? Just curious.


I believe it can be reached, same story with R9 270 and R9 270X
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April 9, 2014 8:07:54 AM

Awesome. Thanks for the quick help guys!
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