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Upgrading 8800 GT to GTX 460, need help

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July 16, 2010 8:01:22 PM

Hi,

I'm thinking of replacing my Geforce 8800 GT 512megs with a GTX 460 1gig card. I like to know if it's worth upgrading if I have a Q6600 2.4gz processor(not oc'd). Looking forward to some answers, thanks in advance!

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a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2010 8:12:25 PM

Hell yeah, do it, and OC that Q6600 to 3.0 or more if you are able, i had my Q6600 running a 5870 with no issues at all, in fact, i then brought the same 5870 to my brothers house to see how much better it would run on an i5 750 and the difference was miniscule. That Q6600 is still a very capable CPU, especially when overclocked a little.
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July 16, 2010 8:15:28 PM

The problem is that it's a Dell XPS PC so I'm unable to overclock the CPU.
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a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2010 8:18:40 PM

no worries, it'll still definitely be able to handle the GTX 460 with ease, bottlenecks need not apply here.
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July 16, 2010 8:20:59 PM

Good to hear. Looks like I'll go ahead and upgrade. Thanks for the help.
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July 16, 2010 10:32:47 PM

Keep in mind that if the power supply is under 500 watts, you will need to upgrade that as well. I would go for at least a 600 watter if you do have to upgrade.
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July 16, 2010 11:47:46 PM

Hmmm, I have a 425 watt PSU. I'll have to replace that, any recommendations? I'd prefer one that's quiet.
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July 17, 2010 12:31:17 AM

Thanks.
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August 1, 2010 5:25:40 PM

Yeah I was in the same boat with a gateway comp. I bought the ocz fatality 550 for my 460 but when i ran games i was getting the same fps as my 8800 gt. I figured it was my cpu a stock 6600. I noticed my gpu usage was around 30 percent though so i rma'd my 460 to try another. To oc my 6600 i am thinking of just getting a new mobo, they are around 50-80 bucks, compared of just upgrading the cpu which i see are starting around 190 and you still cant overclock it.
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a c 272 U Graphics card
August 1, 2010 5:34:26 PM

The difference between a Q6600 and an E6600 will only be seen in anything that uses more than two cores, if the mobo can support 45nm CPU's then a faster dual or even a 6850 would likely give better results unless GTA4 is a big thing in your life.
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a c 187 U Graphics card
August 1, 2010 6:23:42 PM

@ Nube: What is the monitor resolution? Old as it is, the 8800 is still a potent card for lower resolutions.
I'd say the Corsair PSU linked by ct1615 would not be much of an improvement over the existing unit, Dell tend to be very conservative with their ratings and put much of their output through the critical +12v line/s.
The Seasonic PSU is a good one, though, sheer quality and strong outputs although the 'Egg has this from OCZ:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Same price, but modular cabling (it's even less if you get the rebate) .
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a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2010 7:11:39 PM

do this little trick: http://forums.nvidia.com/lofiversion/index.php?t58361.h...
and your Q6600 will reach 3.0 ghz with ease on any locked motherboard, called the Q6600 tape mod
I have it on mine (an acer pc) and it has been like this for a while, perfectly stable. Just make sure you have the G0 version of the Q6600 and check the temperatures with
HW monitor from www.cpuid.com or something, it should reach in 60's during load and stay at about 30degrees idle (mine is like that)

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a b U Graphics card
September 10, 2010 1:20:57 PM

jonpaul37 said:
Hell yeah, do it, and OC that Q6600 to 3.0 or more if you are able, i had my Q6600 running a 5870 with no issues at all, in fact, i then brought the same 5870 to my brothers house to see how much better it would run on an i5 750 and the difference was miniscule. That Q6600 is still a very capable CPU, especially when overclocked a little.

mine is oced to 3.2 im tihkning of buying the gtx 460 1gb... you would say its worth it?

my specs are as follows:
quad q6600 (G0) @3.2 ghz w/ Ocz vendetta 2
bfg 8800 gt oc2 675mhz core 1950MHz mem,
500gig 16 meg cache hdd, 4 gigs 800 mhz ram
PS: Thermaltake Purepower 500W
Motherboard: Asus P5K/EPU
Case: Antec Three Hundred
Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
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a b U Graphics card
September 10, 2010 1:39:05 PM

Absolutely, it'll be an upgrade and that CPU can handle it all day and then some...
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