I was planning on waiting on the AMD 6900's but after extensive research browsing the forums using the search function I have come to the realization that my 4 year old computer will not be able to handle any of the newer high end cards without getting bottlenecked.
I have an Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 @2.66 GHZ OC@3.2ghz
evga nForce 680i SLI SPP A2 motherboard model 122-CK-NF68
4GB Mushkin PC2-6400 DDR2 4/4/4/12
evga Nvidia Geforce 8600 GTS 256mb
Hipro 700watt PSU, 4-12v rails@ 16A
Samsung Syncmaster 2232BW+ (1680x1050 max)
I just want to get a new video card and don't want to get a new motherboard or cpu. I may get a new computer in a few months, I just want a better card for now.
The common consensus in the posts I read was that the Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 was the recommended Nvidia card for my MB and cpu.
Some people mentioned that a bottleneck might still occur at lower resolutions. Is that true?
I usually play games at 1024x768 but will likely use the native settings of 1680x1050 if I get the GTX 460.
Will playing at that resolution prevent a bottleneck or do I have to get a new monitor and play at higher resolutions or will that be fine?
I also play Counterstrike 1.6 at 640x480, I just prefer that res. I've been playing it for 10 years like that, better perceived recoil and I like the zoomed in look! Will that resolution be impossible with the gtx 460?
My main question is about the type of gtx 460 I should get. If a bottleneck can happen using that card with the E6700@ 3.2ghz, should I just get a standard gtx 460? If I get an evga superclocked version or the FTW version would those factory overclocks be wasted or increase the frequency of a bottleneck or cause any problems?
I know what you're thinking just get a standard GTX 460 and overclock it myself. I prefer just getting factory overclock and not worrying about the warranty or frying the card. I didn't overclock my CPU until a few months ago. My computer is so old I thought screw it, if I fry it i'll just buy a new computer and that was after reading up on it and people saying they easily got their E6700 to 3.2 on factory air cooling and no voltage increase.
Pretty sure an E6700 at 3.2 will be a tiny bottleneck at best for an GTX460.
1680x1050 will be fine and will use the GPU more than 1024x768.
I would get the standard or the FTW edition. I only got the factory superclocked because it was the only lifetime warranty card they had the day I bought it. There were shortages at first. A regular clock card from them will go to 800 core just about guaranteed. The FTW edition is probably cherry picked and will go higher. Personally I run mine at 821-1642-2000.EVGA has a great overclocking tool and the Overclock scanner to actually test stability.