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Upgrading from a gtx 260, need assistance

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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 7:42:22 PM

Hello,

I want to upgrade my gpu from a gtx 260 core 216, if someone could recommend a logical upgrade for gaming

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Week BUDGET RANGE: 170-230

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, HD Movies

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: BFG GTX 260, CoolMaster V600 600w PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
AMD athlon II X2 240 oc'ed to 3.2
4 gigabytes of 667mhz ddr2
Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H MOBO
Hitachi 1 tb hd 7200rpm
dell 22" lcd 1920X1080
6 120 mm case fans
Thermaltake r1 cpu cooler
Thermaltake v3 CASE
Lite-on DVD drive


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Ebay, Newegg, Tiger Direct, Frys Electronics, Anything cheap

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI or Nvidia, with preferable something with a nice warranty or step-up program but not nessesary

OVERCLOCKING: yes hopefully Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: yes maybe with a motherboard upgrade

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920X1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I want to upgrade my gpu from a gtx 260 core 216, if someone could recommend a logical upgrade for gaming at 1920X1080, I would be greatly appreciative. I currently am trying to decide on a directx11 card such as a 5850 or gtx 460. Vs. getting a dx10 card such as a gtx 285 or 4870x2 off ebay for around $170. My question is, what is the consensus with DX11 I know it looks nice but how long until it is truly and effectively used in games? Also I will probably be upgrading the PC within 6 months, so I am looking for a GPU to carry me through the next couple of years
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 7:54:36 PM

You want to upgrading again by 2011? so stay with your current card, save money and build a whole new gaming PC...
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 8:00:23 PM

well basically im looking for more performance now, I want to not have to upgrade my GPU for at least two years, and probly upgrade the rest within the next 6 months
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 8:16:47 PM

Well, for your budget then go with GTX460...
But seriously, your current card is still fast enough to play any games recently. (if you ask me).
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 8:28:08 PM

I would tend to agree with you with the exceptions of Bad Company 2, which is the only game I own that makes it get too close to 30 fps for my liking. Do you think I would see a large performace increase by upgrading to a Phenom II X4 965 while keeping my current video card?
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 8:39:55 PM

A CPU upgrade will be handy.. Although, don't expect a large performance jump.. Especially at high resolutions wherein the GPU becomes the more crucial factor..
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 8:51:06 PM

i'd go for GTX470 or HD 5850 only if your budget is in pounds and not dollers otherwise like the guy above said you'll have to settle with 460.
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 8:59:21 PM

Quite frankly, in your $170 to $230 price range, the only thing worth buying is a GTX 460 1GB. However, that's not worth the upgrade from your GTX 260 Core 216.

Your next card should be an ATI 5850 or GTX 470 to make the money spent worth while.

At 1920x1080 the GTX 260 isn't quite enough if you demand high settings (like I did with mine). I found that a second GTX 260 (using SLI) did WONDERFULLY. In fact it performed equal to a GTX 470. :)  Switching to a single GTX 460 isn't going to give you that double performance jump. So spending $230 for the small gain just isn't a good idea in my mind.

If you're planning a rebuild next year, find a cheap GTX 260 and go SLI, or wait to buy a GTX 470 later.
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 9:02:24 PM

Oh yeah, and so far as DX11 goes. Anything less than a GTX 460 is pointless if you actually hope to use DX11. And at 1920x1080 with DX11/Tessellation turned on I'd want something more powerful personally. That's where the GTX 470 is a better idea.

As of right now, the GTX 4xx cards hands down beat the ATI 5xxx cards as far as DX11/Tessellation. However things may change when ATI releases their 6xxx cards. We'll see what happens there.
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 9:05:22 PM

jjb8675309 said:
I would tend to agree with you with the exceptions of Bad Company 2, which is the only game I own that makes it get too close to 30 fps for my liking. Do you think I would see a large performace increase by upgrading to a Phenom II X4 965 while keeping my current video card?


For Bad Company 2, a Quad Core CPU upgrade is a great idea. It is both CPU and GPU hungry. :)  BC2 is actually multi-core friendly as well, so it WILL use all four cores.

However, not all games are this way still. If you're concerned about whether your current CPU is a limitation to you, try this:

Reduce you're In-Game resolution and see if FPS increases substantially.

Reduce AA, Shadows, Detail levels and see if FPS increases substantially.

If you see little to no gain, then the CPU is limiting your GPU. If you do see immediate and substantial increase in FPS when reducing resolution/settings then the GPU itself is your limiting factor. With Bad Company 2, @ 1920x1080, I would wager that the GTX 260 & your CPU both create limitations depending on your overall graphical settings. :) 
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 9:07:16 PM

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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 9:52:39 PM

jerreece said:
For Bad Company 2, a Quad Core CPU upgrade is a great idea. It is both CPU and GPU hungry. :)  BC2 is actually multi-core friendly as well, so it WILL use all four cores.

However, not all games are this way still. If you're concerned about whether your current CPU is a limitation to you, try this:

Reduce you're In-Game resolution and see if FPS increases substantially.

Reduce AA, Shadows, Detail levels and see if FPS increases substantially.

If you see little to no gain, then the CPU is limiting your GPU. If you do see immediate and substantial increase in FPS when reducing resolution/settings then the GPU itself is your limiting factor. With Bad Company 2, @ 1920x1080, I would wager that the GTX 260 & your CPU both create limitations depending on your overall graphical settings. :) 



I think that about explains it all, I CPU and GPU limited, do you see any logic going after a 4870x2 or gtx 285 if it can be had for cheap on ebay? I really don't care about dx11 because I see myself upgrading again once more powerful dx11 cards are out.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
September 14, 2010 9:59:41 PM

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