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Looking for consensus... 470 worth it over 460? re: new build

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September 24, 2010 2:27:10 AM

So I've been back and forth on this a lot... I'm just not sure if the 470 is worth the extra $ for my new build, compared to the 460.

I will be gaming at 1920 x 1080.

I've already ordered most of the other parts

i5 760, asus p7p55d-e pro, 4gb g.skill ram, xfx 850 black edition PSU, etc, spinpoint f3 1TB, etc.

First off, if I get the 470, I'm goin all the way with one of these bad boys (giga super OC 470):

And this cyclone 1gb 460 would be my other choice

Here's what I'm thinking. This 470 is a really nice card. It beats the reference 470 in cooling, noise, power consumption, and speed. I can get one and should be fine for a while. Later down the road, I can add another for some killer SLI.


The 460 is a hit. It's better bang for buck it would seem. One card would be OK, and the SLI scales awesome. Not as powerful as 470 tho.

I want this setup to last a while, with the addition of the second card extending its potency significantly.

I really don't mind spending the extra $ on the 470 - if it's actually worth it.

Looking for thoughts - opinions - suggestions - input.

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September 24, 2010 2:43:04 AM

For the money the 460 would be my choice.
September 24, 2010 3:08:43 AM

Since you're gaming at 1080p it may be worth it for you to just spend the extra money on a GTX 470. If you can live with occasionally lower AA and AF settings then just get a GTX 460 and add another one down the road. By the time two 460s in SLI aren't enough for you you'll probably be upgrading again anyway. A 460 now and a second one latter is the most reasonable choice.

Of course this comes from a guy who bought a 5870 when they were still $400 to game a 1680x1050 and is thinking of getting a second one :D . Sometimes it's just about want.
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September 24, 2010 3:33:02 AM

I know you've already heard from me, but I'm just gonna say this: If you get the faster card, the worst case scenario is that you have a faster card and a few fewer dollars that you didn't need anyway.
September 24, 2010 4:47:53 AM

Hrm, though 460 sli is nice... but 470 sli is better. I'm thinking the top of the line 470 will be good for a while solo... and down the road i'll add the 2nd which will rock and by then the price will have gone down too