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Wanting to upgrade my gtx 260, not sure on bottlenecking though.

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August 25, 2010 12:53:10 AM

Hello i have been searching around quite a bit and im pretty sure i know what video card i want to get, im just not sure if the upgrade from my evga gtx 260 (stock, non core 216) to a 5850 or gtx 460 would be worth it with my current set up. Its not really in my budget to do a complete rebuild, so im hoping to get a new videocard before Final Fantasy 14 comes out. my system is as follows.
Windows 7 64bit
E6700@ 3.25 zalman 9500
intel 975xbx mobo
4gb OCZ reaper 800mhz ddr2
WD caviar 1.5tb hdd
evga gtx 260
550w psu (need an upgrade i know)
26" monitor at 1920x1200
any help would be greatly appreciated, ffxiv is nearing release and im not sure about what to do. thanks
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August 25, 2010 3:18:52 AM

A GTX 460 will suit your system well, do you plan on overclocking the card or leaving it at stock? No need to replace the PSU, you are fine.
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August 25, 2010 3:50:52 AM

i have never overclocked my gtx 260, it has been just fine for everything. The Dang FFXIV benchmark is only giving me a score of 2400 on high resolution(1080p) and a 3200 at low resolution (720p) with my current set-up though. I'm ok with running it at 720p i just want the game to be somewhat stable. I did however read that a 5850 overclocked can best even a 5870 at stock speeds, thats why i was sorta leaning towards that card even though my last 2 cards were the gtx 260 and a 8800gts before that. The last ati card i had was a 1900xt which was extremely loud at 100% fan speed.
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August 25, 2010 11:39:59 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums
Well HD 5850 performs better than GTX 460, 5850 is comparable to GTX 470 whereas 5830 is comparable to GTX 460, both are great cards though and will give you a good boost in performance.
And in terms of noise,5850 is a quite card and runs cool.
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August 25, 2010 12:40:49 PM

Maziar said:
Hello and welcome to the forums
Well HD 5850 performs better than GTX 460, 5850 is comparable to GTX 470 whereas 5830 is comparable to GTX 460, both are great cards though and will give you a good boost in performance.
And in terms of noise,5850 is a quite card and runs cool.


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I would recommend a 5850 to get a nice performance boost plus the extra features you desire, However if you wait southern islands aka the HD 6xxx series is due out in October/November and even if you opt to stick with the 5xxx series they will receive a nice price drop :) 
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August 25, 2010 1:38:12 PM

Ok I might see if I can get by with the 260 for the launch of ffxiv. So you guys don't think I will run into much bottlenecking with my current set up? Thanks again
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August 25, 2010 1:42:21 PM

you actually want to replace your graphics cards which works on everything because your not happy with some benchmark results?
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August 25, 2010 1:50:05 PM

k2rolla503 said:
Ok I might see if I can get by with the 260 for the launch of ffxiv. So you guys don't think I will run into much bottlenecking with my current set up? Thanks again

No your PC specs are good
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August 25, 2010 1:58:11 PM

Well the benchmark is there to give you idea of how wel your pc will run the game at launch. Right now I can run on default settings @720p and I wouldn't mind running it on high or 1080p. I'm sorry if that is offensive. Thanks Maziar
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August 25, 2010 2:54:35 PM

k2rolla503 said:
i have never overclocked my gtx 260, it has been just fine for everything. The Dang FFXIV benchmark is only giving me a score of 2400 on high resolution(1080p) and a 3200 at low resolution (720p) with my current set-up though. I'm ok with running it at 720p i just want the game to be somewhat stable. I did however read that a 5850 overclocked can best even a 5870 at stock speeds, thats why i was sorta leaning towards that card even though my last 2 cards were the gtx 260 and a 8800gts before that. The last ati card i had was a 1900xt which was extremely loud at 100% fan speed.


Yea, if you have enough for a 5850 that would be your best option as it does overclock very well and in some instances surpass stock 5870 speeds just like you pointed out but that also depends on the model you get. I was under the impression that you were on a strict budget and needed the best bang for buck GPU available which is the GTX 460.

If I were you I would try and overclock the 260 that you currently have and see if that boost meets your expectations, the GTX 260 is a decent card to overclock and it does indeed give you a nice boost. Southern Islands is also around the corner so you have a few options available.


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August 25, 2010 4:52:23 PM

Sorry for not being more specific about my price range, i was trying to stay sub-$300 or so. Im guessing my best bet for the moment is to oc my 260 a bit and wait for the actual release of the game and see how i do. If its not to my liking i will most likely wait for the Southern Islands to be released (if i can wait =D). Thanks for all the advice.
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August 25, 2010 5:23:49 PM

k2rolla503 said:
Sorry for not being more specific about my price range, i was trying to stay sub-$300 or so. Im guessing my best bet for the moment is to oc my 260 a bit and wait for the actual release of the game and see how i do. If its not to my liking i will most likely wait for the Southern Islands to be released (if i can wait =D). Thanks for all the advice.


Exactly, no point in spending that much cash if you can still squeeze out a bit more frames from that 260. Let us know if you need any help raising the clocks ;)  .
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August 25, 2010 5:57:12 PM

As has already been stated, the "best bang for your buck" is the GTX 460 right now. However, for playing @ 1920x1080 the ATI 5850 or GTX 470 are the best single GPU solutions to play with high settings on most titles.
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August 25, 2010 5:58:24 PM

k2rolla503 said:
Well the benchmark is there to give you idea of how wel your pc will run the game at launch. Right now I can run on default settings @720p and I wouldn't mind running it on high or 1080p. I'm sorry if that is offensive. Thanks Maziar

No offense taken.
I was talking about CPU bottleneck, i meant your CPU is fine and won't bottleneck either GTX 260 or GTX 460.
A GTX 260 can handle all games fine with resolutions up to 1920x1200, for that res, i would recommend going with a more powerful card like HD 5850.
But since its out of your price range, then stick with GTX 260,there isn't any VGA in that price range that will give you a huge boost in performance.
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September 1, 2010 1:14:08 AM

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