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Upgrading a 9800GX2 to 460?? for StarCraft

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
August 26, 2010 12:00:15 AM

I currently have a 9800GX2 and I am looking to upgrade my 2 year old machine. My main goal is to be able to run Starcraft 2 at 2560 x 1600 on Ultra settings. I have seen reviews saying a 460GTX is all that is needed, but is it going to be that much of an improvement over a 9800GX2. I could also pick up a second 9800GX2 on ebay, but it seems like a bad idea to buy more old tech and 750watts might be cutting it close. I know SC2 is CPU intensive, so that is another concern. My system specs are below.

EVGA 780i SLI board
EVGA 9800GX2
Core 2 Duo E8400 OC to 3.5GHZ
OCZ Agility 2 SSD
OCZ 4GB DDR2-800 Cas 4
Thermaltake Tough Power 750W Power Supply
Blu-ray/HD DVD Combo Drive
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

460GTX, 9800GX2 #2 SLI, or something else?
August 26, 2010 12:02:43 AM

Forgot the monitor, Dell 3008wfp
a c 153 U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 12:07:51 AM

Thats not going to be a huge upgrade, but it would be an upgrade. If you could get rid of your 9800GX2 for a decent price, then do it....

Maybe you could wait for the 475, or get your hands on a 470/5850 if you want the upgrade to "be worth it".
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August 26, 2010 1:50:46 AM

Do it now and grab a decent price on the card..the longer you wait the less you will get in proportion of what the card will actually cost..the card price won't come down as much, but the GX2 will keep dropping. later add another another 460 for sli that will destroy a single well the 460 will run cooler in your system and consume less power..and DX11
good luck on whatever you decide to do..
a c 169 U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 5:33:54 AM

id say probably not worth while. Get a gtx470 or ati 5850 or better to make it a worth while upgrade.
August 26, 2010 5:43:00 AM

GTX470 if you have cash (and psu) or

GTX4601gig, else.
a c 153 U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 6:07:49 AM

His PSU is fine for a 470...
a c 169 U Graphics card
August 28, 2010 2:53:18 AM

...marginally worse with no aa enabled. ATI just released drivers to enable aa in starcraft. I'd say once aa is enabled the 5850 would beat it.