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August 25, 2010 2:35:11 AM

i had this system for the past year sitting BRAND NEW in my storage since i sold my pc shop. now i want to use it and add a graphics card since im not willing to pay for a whole new PC but i am willing to pay around 250$$ to 300$$ max for a video card. now my choices are:
GTX 260, GTX 460, HD5770, HD 5830.
i do not know which one to pick as if my cpu will bottleneck the gtx 460 for example by a LARGE MARGINE then its not worth getting and i might settle for a gtx 260.

so can you please help me out and tell me which would be the best for me? i do not want to pay for a gtx 460 then end up having same fps as gtx 260 because of the bottleneck. if you have better choices plz im open for suggestions

my system specs

AMD Phenom II X4 920 @ 2.8GHz ( will overclock it soon)
MSI K9N2 Diamond AM2+ mobo (nForce 780a SLI)
600w PSU
8GB DDR2
24" Samsung monitor (Supports 1080p)

thank you

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a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 4:04:26 AM

gtx 470, it's on sale on newegg for $280
a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 4:36:39 AM

I'd get the GTX 470 if its on sale for $280, However if it isn't when you go to buy get the GTX 460.

I doubt your CPU will bottleneck it, and if it does not by much.

I'd recommend a stock or OC'd 460 768mb as there isn't a big boost in performance with the 1GB model which costs more.

~Also seeing as its a nVidia card it will be a easy install.
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August 25, 2010 7:40:11 AM

ok thanks i will check for the GTX 470 offers if its good i will get it if not i will get an OC 460 :) 
a c 189 U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 11:00:12 AM

If you can't find GTX470 for $280 then get that GTX460 NORMAL version, no need to buy factory overclocked card, you can OC it by yourself...
a c 169 U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 11:19:15 AM

GTX 470 is the most powerful option in your list, but if you need something quieter with less power consumption,go with GTX 460,both of these cards will be fine with your current CPU.
a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 12:40:30 PM

Here's the GTX for $289:

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

Here's a Gigabyte at $299:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Honestly, go for the MSI! The difference between sale/ non-sale is 20 bucks. Just keep in mind that the 470 'may' be a bit noisy! Though I believe that the MSI one's are less noisier than the others, just be prepared.

That aside, great card!! Seriously, consider getting it.....if you SLI it in future when the prices dip a bit more, it'll be a beast!
a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 12:47:29 PM

yeah, like molten magma and it'll fry anything in site with its high power consumption and heat output.

On second thoughts, if you live in Siberia it might be a nice alternate source of heating ^_^

However, Seriously, one is fine, anymore than that is IMO too much, just get a Radeon if your going down that path, there due for a price drop in the coming month(s)
a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 12:54:08 PM

decode said:
yeah, like molten magma and it'll fry anything in site with its high power consumption and heat output.

On second thoughts, if you live in Siberia it might be a nice alternate source of heating ^_^

However, Seriously, one is fine, anymore than that is IMO too much, just get a Radeon if your going down that path, there due for a price drop in the coming month(s)



Erm...nVidia took care of the power issue with it's latest drivers! Guess we won't be frying anything, eh? :) 
a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 12:58:37 PM

namelessonez said:
Erm...nVidia took care of the power issue with it's latest drivers! Guess we won't be frying anything, eh? :) 


A link would be appreciated.
a c 169 U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 1:34:04 PM

namelessonez said:
Erm...nVidia took care of the power issue with it's latest drivers! Guess we won't be frying anything, eh? :) 

Drivers don't affect the power consumption
a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 1:42:04 PM

Hence the link, I'm pretty sure I would have picked it up in the THW Headlines
a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 1:44:14 PM

Ok, I DID come across it somewhere that the latest nVidia driver's resolved an issue with the fan not running thereby resulting in heating issues! I'm trying to get a hold on that piece...till then, the matter be adjourned.
a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 1:47:34 PM

Whatever you say....
August 26, 2010 8:53:21 AM

i got the GTX 470 and its amazing thnx for the suggestins
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