Hello everyone, I'm looking to upgrade my 9600 GSO in the next month or so. I am looking to spend around 200$ after rebates.
I use my card for some gaming, Civ 5 at the moment (which is causing my 9600 to cry even on low settings). I run two 1440x900 monitors off of my current card on DVI so I would like the card to have two DVI ports. Finally, I do play around with cuda a bit so I would like one that has at least decent performance in that department.
MOBO: Asus P5Q SE/R P45
CPU: Q6600 @ 3GHz
PSU: Antec EA500 500W ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS
GPU: ASUS EN9600GSO 512MB 128bit
RAM: 4x2GB G Skill DDR2 800
Monitors: 2x Dell 19" 1440x900
HDs: 1x WD640GB, 4x WD1TB Green
I would prefer Nvidia and I am considering the 460 GTX from EVGA and those prices seem to be dropping fast. I am hesitant to buy because of the possibly 500 series it seems.
Do you guys think I should upgrade now or just wait for a while longer?
that;s a good 500w PSU. Nvidia recommends 24, or 25a, or 26a (i forget the exact number) on the 12v rail for the GTX 460. you have 34a on your 12v so its a non-issue. you also have two power connectors so no need for adapters.
you do have enough power for a GTX 470 but its over-kill for your current monitor. the GTX 480 would be pushing your PSU.
total system power with an OC -i7 during a stress test
Given the monitor resolution, I'd opt for the less expensive 768Mb card, it has plenty of memory for dual 1440x900 displays and most overclock well. Look for one with a decent, non reference cooler if you plan on pushing it, otherwise the stock cooler is effective and quiet.
This looks good: