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Dual 8800gts burned out. need advice on new gpu

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September 4, 2010 12:37:36 PM

hello folks!

this is what i bought 2.5 years ago

E6850 CPU (dual core, 3.0Ghz, 4mb cache)
4 gig ram
2x Geforce 8800GT in SLI
500g hdd
dual monitor setup (22inch + 19 inch = 2960*1050)

both my 8800gt's burned out at the same time. they've probably been getting to hot for years... :( 
what i want now, is a single new gpu, that is at a bit better than my 8800gts together. and it should handle dual monitor without a problem.
What i'm curious about is if my cpu is going to be a bottleneck. if it can handle the latest gpu's properly.

i've always been into nvidia. i dont really hate ati or something, but my last 4 gpu's have been nvidias and i got used to them.
i was thinking about late 200 series, like 285gtx or 295gtx, though those are quite expensive.
i am also really interested in the 460 card. it seems to test better or equal to the 285 and 295, and is quite a bit cheaper.

im ok with an ati card, but i just dont know a lot about their cards. i've never had one.

im not planning on changing my cpu, since i dont really have the money for that. all i want for now is a new gpu.
i am going to try and overclock my cpu from 3.0 to 3.4 or maybe 3.6. but i dont really know how to do that.

2.5 year old pc needs new gpu. whats your advice?
is cpu a problem? how do i overclock? should i?

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September 4, 2010 12:41:30 PM

GTX460 1GB any bottleneck can be reduced with overclock.
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September 4, 2010 12:46:19 PM

I agree with rolli59 and for the rest of the system it shouldn't bottleneck a single GTX 460 even st stock clocks while sli that is a different story. Just bump the clocks to 3.2 or 3.4ghz and you are set.
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September 4, 2010 12:48:09 PM

ok so GTX460 1GB it is.
now how do i go about overlocking? i heard you do it in bios or something?
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September 4, 2010 2:19:05 PM

You should move to the overclocking forums and link to this thread.
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September 4, 2010 9:40:44 PM

jsc said:
You should move to the overclocking forums and link to this thread.

Or I could just move this thread. [:mousemonkey] (Yes jsc, I have thought about it ;)  )
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September 5, 2010 1:08:26 AM

at that resolution with 2 monitors there will be no bottleneck from the cpu.
September 5, 2010 2:02:47 PM


ok i think i decided. though why are there so many options within GTX 460?
you've got all those different manufacturers, and different options for each manufacturer. also, 1gb or 768mb?

im thinking about asus 1gb with
- a bit of overclocking (+15%)
- extra sweet cooling (+20%)
- some weird voltage tweaking (increases something 50%)
- nice blue color (for extra cool)
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September 5, 2010 9:51:11 PM

Only bother with the 1gb which is what I got even though I ended up canceling my order with EVGA and going with Gigabyte so i wont get it till next week. The GTX 460 is one of the best band for buck cards in that price segment right now and the 1GB is the cream of the crop. The 768mb version has weak points and that isn't just memory and bandwidth but also pixel fill rate as well cache. GF104 has 512kb of cache in full spec but the 192 has more than just a few shaders disabled. Go look it up you will see why.