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Upgrading my Geforce 8800GT

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July 19, 2010 5:38:34 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: ~$400

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: (Geforce 8800GT, 850W)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor BX80562Q6600
CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX
GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Dynamic Energy Saver Ultra Durable II Intel Motherboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050

I have my system overclocked to 3.0Ghz. I'm wanting to upgrade my GPU to something that will be minimally bottlenecked by my processor. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
a c 153 U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 5:57:18 AM

The Q6600 is still a badass little chip, you're not going to see muh bottlenecking from your CPU unless your playing a really low resolution.

Also you have 400 dollars to spend on a GPU, just a GPU? Looks like you have everything else you need...
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July 19, 2010 6:13:21 AM

Yeah, I think that all I need is a new GPU. I'm assuming that a 5970 would be an absolute overkill for my system, so I'm trying to find a card that will provide the "least" amount of overkill :) 
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a c 153 U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 6:15:17 AM

Well with 400 dollars you can go extreme overkill, especially with that resolution. I'm all for going all out, but I think a 460 1GB for 230 dollars would be fine for you. A 470 would be about 315 dollars and I think that would be too much, then again it will last longer.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 6:34:24 AM

The best option would be a GTX 460 1GB.Its an excellent card for that resolution and when overclocked, it matches the performance of a HD 5850.You can also add another one in the future and two of them in SLI will easily outperform a GTX 480.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 6:50:49 AM

Yeah, no need to spend that much. The GTX 460 is a good deal and will be excellent for 1680x1050 for a long while to come. It will give you double the performance of your 8800GT at your resolution.
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July 19, 2010 7:34:36 AM

Will the GTX 460 conflict with my motherboard? My motherboard supports PCI-E x16 but the card is a PCI-E 2.0.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 7:53:57 AM

There should not be any problem as PCIe 2.0 is backwards compatible with PCIe 1.x
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July 19, 2010 10:25:58 AM

your Q6600 will bottleneck you dude. Buy an aftermarket cooler and overclock it @ 3.8 GHz
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July 19, 2010 10:27:39 AM

oh and yeah 2 GTX 460s in SLi performs as good as HD 5970, If you overclock them even better.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 2:28:45 PM

I don't get this overclocking and compare. A HD 5850 is better then the GTX 460 when going stock. If your going to overclock the GTX 460 to match the HD 5850 then why not overclock the HD 5850 to beat the overclocked GTX 460.

And to up that, two HD 5850 in CrossFireX beat the GTX 460 in SLI. You have ot compare apples to apples, so compare cards at stock or BOTH overclocked. You can't give a fair comparison if your Overclocking one and comapring it to the stock of another.
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July 19, 2010 5:48:23 PM

I love ATI, but I'd probably go with the 460. It looks like a great card for the money and Nvidia's Fermi drivers aren't optimized yet so it will get even faster.
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