PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I usually shop NewEgg, but I'm not tied to them
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
OVERCLOCKING: Never bothed with overclocking before, doubt I would start now unless I had a compelling reason
SLI/Crossfire?: I can barely afford one card as it is, no.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 mainly
I have a bit of money saved up and would like to upgrade my graphics card to something that's going to last me a good while, so I'm looking upper-mid-end.
I've been looking at the GTX470's and the Radeon HD 5850, but again I'm not hitched to either of those. Even if it's overkill for my needs, I want something
I won't feel the need to replace in the next year or so at the very least. It's not often I get spare money, and if I don't spend what I've got I'll end up
throwing it away on fast food and gadgets.
True, except for the case of the 460 at present, However although I'd consider myself a ATI fan, most the time nVidia cost the world, but usually have a performance + feature edge, however in the current situation there only real good offering is the 460.
I'm thinking your X2 6000+ is going to bottleneck that video card and moving up to a quicker quadcore will extend the life of the computer for you for a while. You might need to update your bios on your motherboard for it to work.
Not a lot of love for the 470, any particular reason, or just not a good price:value comparatively?
From what's been said, I would benefit more from a $200 GTX460 and a $100 CPU upgrade, than I would from a more expensive card that's going to be slowed down by my current CPU?
And an off topic, but could be linked here - I use dual-monitors with my 9600GT, and I like to play standard-def video (streaming from say Hulu or Netflix, or downloaded with VLC, etc) on my second monitor, while playing my favorite MMO (LOTRO) on the primary. The video on my second monitor is often choppy. Is this a CPU problem, video card, both, something else? I'm just wondering if a CPU upgrade would help fix this or not.
That X3 445 and the 768MB gtx460 would make a pretty killer upgrade and it'll cost you less than $300. The X4 630 and 1GB 460 is easily worth the extra 30 or so dollars. I don't think you'd be disapointed with either option or any combo of them. Get the bigger video card if you can afford it though. Even at your resolution it make a difference.