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Upgrading 7800 GT, GTS 450 vs GTS 460

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September 16, 2010 2:51:07 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: mid-october

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Gaming [Starcraft 2, Dragon Age, Mass Effect 2...]

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
GeForce 7800 GT 256 MB
Corsair VX550W (It's 550W but I don't remember the model, I'm at work right now :) )

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Intel Core2 CPU 6420 @ 2.13GHz (Conroe)
ASUS P5W DH Deluxe Intel i975X Socket 775 LGA
4096 MBytes DDR2 (PC2-6400)

PARTS PREFERENCES:
GeForce GTX 460
GeForce GTS 450
or an ATI in the same range

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
My old card is dead and I have to buy a new one. As I don't want to upgrade other components till September 2011, I'm afraid that I may face some CPU bottlenecks with a new card... I would like to know if it makes sense to buy a GTX 460 with my old CPU? Or should I buy a less powerful card like GTS 450, 5750 or 5770?

Thank you for your time and answers :) 
a c 173 U Graphics card
September 16, 2010 2:54:19 PM

The GTS 450 isn't the best card to buy and ATI is op atm but at hopefully their prices will sink soon. The GTX 460 is one of the best bang for buck cards out at this time.
a b U Graphics card
September 16, 2010 3:04:50 PM

Either a 150$ 5770, or get a 220$ 460 1gb.
I would go with the 460, you could get a 768mb version, their cheaper and will still give you better performance then what your 7800 could ever do.

Notice: With that resolution you'd be fine to buy either a 5770 or the 460 768mb and play games on high with more than 30fps.
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a c 1367 U Graphics card
September 16, 2010 8:41:49 PM

With your CPU at stock GTS450 or even HD5770. If you are willing to overclock your CPU to reduce bottleneck GTX460
September 16, 2010 8:47:22 PM

rolli59 said:
With your CPU at stock GTS450 or even HD5770. If you are willing to overclock your CPU to reduce bottleneck GTX460


How far I should overclock it?
a c 1367 U Graphics card
September 16, 2010 8:50:27 PM

intathin said:
How far I should overclock it?

The higher the better 3.0GHz would be nice for that 460 but might be difficult.
October 24, 2010 1:56:10 PM

I agree. Just put a gts 450 in with an i3 530 2.93ghz and 2gb ram. Runs crysis at hd resolution with high setting and x2 aa. Runs smooth!
October 24, 2010 5:10:47 PM

That resolution will be easily smoked by a 460 768MB, which are cheaper but definetly outperform the 5770. your PSU can handle both.

and my buddy has a similar processor and he managed to get over to 3.3GHz on it, lucky, but the chip is a good overclocker. good luck!
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