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October 20, 2010 3:41:36 PM

Hi :hello: 
I have an EVGA GTX 460 1GB VGA. How long can i use it before having to upgrade to a newer card? I'm a Gamer, and expect good performance from it.
Can anyone please advise. Thanks in advance :) 

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October 20, 2010 4:01:49 PM

Could you be a bit more specific..... can you give me a time frame like 6 months or 1 year.... I had an 8600GT and I used it for almost 3 years. :) 
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October 20, 2010 4:03:33 PM

GTX460 is considered as "new" card, so i guess it will stand for a long time, well, until you need more performance, if you are an enthusiast then i'm pretty sure you need more than GTX460 to fulfill your desire as a gamer... :) 
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October 20, 2010 4:05:46 PM

Sadly thats the best I could go for within the limits of my budget.
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October 20, 2010 4:06:10 PM

Depends on your expectations. If you play at 1920 x 1200 resolution and always want to use the maximum graphics settings, then my advice to buy a new high end video card everytime nivida release a new generation.
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October 20, 2010 4:07:57 PM

I think the GTX 460 SLI will keep you up for another year or so.
Because out of one hundred games, only one or two demands graphics power like CRYSIS or METRO 2033
So grab another GTX 460 and enjoy
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October 20, 2010 4:46:44 PM

If you maintain it then it should be more than enough for a very long time 2-3 years with 4 years being the max before the bloating of games forces you to upgrade. Then there is sli which is dead end say 2 years into owning the first should keep going long enough for the system to be hopelessly out of date.
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October 20, 2010 4:47:09 PM

the OP is a someone who used the 8600GT for three years...that card was irrelevant a month after it launched

the GTX 460 is one of the best single gaming cards out there that doesn't cost as much as budget PC. If he can get three years out of a 8600GT, he can get 2-3 years out of the GTX460. Besides as much as people pretend PC graphics to be constantly demanding with new hardware required every six months, PC games revolve around console ports and new consoles will not be coming out until 2012 at the earliest.
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October 20, 2010 4:55:09 PM

Based on past trends and your willingness to use an 8600GT for three years, then another three years out of a GTX 460 is not unexpected. However, it is quite hard for use to guess what the next three years will hold for computers, and what your tastes for graphics will be in that timeframe.
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October 20, 2010 8:58:19 PM

A year to a year and a half before they bloat games to a point ware current gen cards begin to feel the pain even the Radeon 6k series will start to budge by then so stick with what you got for now. The only reason why devs at this time to make games that are half ass at best optimized due to the newt boxes called X360 and Ps3.
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October 20, 2010 10:34:43 PM

My X1900XT lasted me from around June 2006 until September 2009. By 2009 I was playing games at medium quality and I was okay with that.

The reason why I replaced my X1900XT with a HD 5850 is because my X1900XT died.
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October 20, 2010 10:45:22 PM

Man, all you people and your high resolutions =/ ... I still have my 9800GT and game at 1440 x 900 ... =O .. suits me fine, hehe I would upgrade.. but im one of them.. "the hardware I have works ok for what i do.. so no point in upgrades" guys xD .. but the GTX 460 should be good for a couple years yeh especially with SLI option... unless like.. they release a new games thats more demanding then crysis o.O hrmmm that might kill the world
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October 20, 2010 10:59:26 PM

@l0n3w0lph, don't hijack somebody else's thread with your own questions.
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October 20, 2010 11:00:14 PM

Vadorsystems said:
Man, all you people and your high resolutions =/ ... I still have my 9800GT and game at 1440 x 900 ... =O .. suits me fine, hehe I would upgrade.. but im one of them.. "the hardware I have works ok for what i do.. so no point in upgrades" guys xD .. but the GTX 460 should be good for a couple years yeh especially with SLI option... unless like.. they release a new games thats more demanding then crysis o.O hrmmm that might kill the world


I can max out two of those in sli at 1280x1024 with 32x sli aa and all the other eye candy (more than max) but by then both gpus are running at or near 100% and the cpu is all lag before even that. So I ended up getting a GTX460 and it does the job like what I needed it to. I have already cleaned it once already lol. 300-500 hours use thus far.
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October 20, 2010 11:12:05 PM

Vadorsystems said:
Man, all you people and your high resolutions =/ ... I still have my 9800GT and game at 1440 x 900 ... =O .. suits me fine, hehe I would upgrade.. but im one of them.. "the hardware I have works ok for what i do.. so no point in upgrades" guys xD .. but the GTX 460 should be good for a couple years yeh especially with SLI option... unless like.. they release a new games thats more demanding then crysis o.O hrmmm that might kill the world


that's because the 9800GT is more powerful then the xbox 360 or PS3 graphically. add to it 2GB of RAM and a somewhat modern dual core CPU and you can run circles around the consoles. when the game gets ported to the PC developers stick a ton of eye candy on them to increase video card workload. when they do a half-assed job you get people complaining about it as graphically demanding like GTAIV or metro. it also creates buzz for the developer



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October 20, 2010 11:17:16 PM

2GB of ram and dual core? oh god no ct, its quad core and 4gb of RAM here, but i do have to admit.. considering its age the 9800GT is pretty powerful, I will however be upgrading card soon, probably to GTX 470 or 480, so should extend the life by about 5 years.. or it best to.. 5 year uni course comming up in games programming, so if the card I buy before uni doesnt last 5 years of intense games.. im screwed xD. but.. this is going a little off topic so sorry about that lol
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October 21, 2010 11:26:49 AM

I Thank you all for taking the time to help me out. :bounce:  A part from the GTX 460, I do have a Core i5 760 with 8GB DDR3 1333 RAM....
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October 21, 2010 11:31:08 AM

deweycd said:
Based on past trends and your willingness to use an 8600GT for three years, then another three years out of a GTX 460 is not unexpected. However, it is quite hard for use to guess what the next three years will hold for computers, and what your tastes for graphics will be in that timeframe.


Well I managed to play everything upto MW2(Except Crysis :(  ) with it.... attached to a P4 with 1.5GB RAM. :) 
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October 21, 2010 11:35:00 AM

Vadorsystems said:
Man, all you people and your high resolutions =/ ... I still have my 9800GT and game at 1440 x 900 ... =O .. suits me fine, hehe I would upgrade.. but im one of them.. "the hardware I have works ok for what i do.. so no point in upgrades" guys xD .. but the GTX 460 should be good for a couple years yeh especially with SLI option... unless like.. they release a new games thats more demanding then crysis o.O hrmmm that might kill the world


Well your wish might come true when Crysis 2 comes out :lol: 
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October 21, 2010 11:54:46 AM

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October 21, 2010 11:55:01 AM

jaguarskx said:
My X1900XT lasted me from around June 2006 until September 2009. By 2009 I was playing games at medium quality and I was okay with that.

The reason why I replaced my X1900XT with a HD 5850 is because my X1900XT died.


Exactly what happen to me, my 8800GT - died after 2 years and 1.5 weeks (Inno3D wouldnt even help, not interested :(  )

I bought a GTX470 on my old X2 4200+ system and was hughely happy, just got a very decent wage one month and splashed out on a completely new rig.

In my opinion, that card will last easy 18months.. (1.5years) - stop worrying and enjoy :-)
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October 21, 2010 11:58:00 AM

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