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Need Advice Which GTX 460

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November 10, 2010 4:04:28 AM

I finally found a graphics card that suits my needs and am stuck on choosing which one to buy so far i have it narrowed down to these two but can not get any further so i wanted your opinions which one do you think would be better

MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB

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GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB

also just to put it out there you think i would be able to get good FPS with any one of these 460's on my 1440x900 screen? also which do you think i can OC easier?

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a c 175 U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 5:59:19 AM

GTX460 is overkill for the low res of 1440x900. The GTS450 or 5750 would be better suited. Not to say that the GTX460 won't perform at that res but you don't need to spend $200 for a video card.

As for OCing I'm sure either would OC to about the same level. Not that you'd need it.
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November 10, 2010 6:23:33 AM

The hawk will oc better on avg just due to a higher overvolting cap and being linked to afterburner by default which is very good for overclocking, both should be able to reach a healthy 825 or 850 with little to no voltage change. Which is where i would run it for 24/7 use if i wanted a high oc and keep it.

That being said unless you're playing metro or something a 460 is a bit much for your rez esp under oc, but that's up to you maybe you don't buy cards often, maybe you'll get a new monitor in a few months.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 7:42:51 AM

I agree with the posters above.
GTX 460 is a waste for a resolution like 1440x900 because it won't show its true potential so get a new monitor or if you can't,then go with a cheaper card like HD 5750/GTS 450 that 4745454b recommended,they both suffice for your current resolution.
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November 10, 2010 1:03:22 PM

yeah i know its overkill but i actually plan on upgrading to a 1680x1050 screen later on
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a c 169 U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 1:16:36 PM

Even 1680x1050 is low for a GTX 460.Consider a full HD screen if you can.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 7:32:29 PM

If budget is not a concern then get the Hawk. The card is not overkill for your screen at all there are games that need it to run at full potential some would need more in fact. Take a look at this http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_460_HAWK/11....

1280 x1024 is close in terms of pixels to your actual resolution.

1440 x 900 1.24 MP Vs 1280 x 1024 1.25 MP


Mactronix :) 
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November 10, 2010 7:41:50 PM

Why not upgrade to full 1920x1200 instead of 1680x1050?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 7:46:04 PM

jfby said:
Why not upgrade to full 1920x1200 instead of 1680x1050?


I have to agree here a good 1920 x 1080 Monitor is going to be no more expensive than a good 1680 x 1050 one.

Mactronix :) 
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November 10, 2010 8:40:18 PM

thanks guys i guess the hawk it is
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a c 175 U Graphics card
November 11, 2010 12:07:54 AM

I would like to point out with the exception of Crysis and Metro 2033, the 5770 provides very nice frame rates in games at 128x1024/1440x900. (it gets a bit sketchy in clear sky as well.) Why spend $200+ on a GTX460 when the $140ish 5770 can do nearly the same job? I would rather save the $60 and lower the details in a few games if I need to, then spend more money then I need to just to get even better playable frame rates.

Anyone notice that odd result in WoW?
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November 11, 2010 3:32:57 AM

not sure why but i favor nvidia more (not a fanboy i just think they are cooler lol)
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a c 175 U Graphics card
November 11, 2010 5:23:50 AM

The GTS450 then. (its a bit weaker then the 5770, but not by much.) I've seen them around the $110 point so its still cheaper then the GTX460. Only way I'd buy the GTX460 is if I play a lot of Crysis and Metro. (I personally play neither)
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November 11, 2010 5:38:17 AM

I would like to add that the MSI Cyclone GTX 460 is on sale now for $180 after rebates at TD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Of course if your going to be staying with that resolution monitor than the 768mb version would work just as well and be even cheaper.

I have two Cyclone GTX 460 1gb in SLI and they are great cards. The Hawk might be slightly better but not by much.
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a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2010 7:10:26 AM

lol @ gtx460 being overkill @ 1440x900/1680x1050. you guys are playing way too much call of duty.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
November 11, 2010 7:58:57 AM

Again, with the exception of 2.5 games from the one link provided, it is. Crysis, Metro, and perhaps Stalker Clear Sky the GTX460 is overkill. The 5770 is better suited.
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a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2010 8:15:45 AM

Again, with the exception of 2.5 games from the one link provided, it is. Crysis, Metro, and perhaps Stalker Clear Sky the GTX460 is overkill. The 5770 is better suited. said:
Again, with the exception of 2.5 games from the one link provided, it is. Crysis, Metro, and perhaps Stalker Clear Sky the GTX460 is overkill. The 5770 is better suited.


yeah and in a year time, up and coming games will be less demanding. yep yep.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
November 11, 2010 11:00:23 AM

That depends. Its been suggested that the next round of game engines will happen when the next round of consoles come out. 2012? I'm pretty sure if they get pushed back to 2014 the new game engines will come out early.

There will always be games that push the envelope. All I'm saying is I don't feel the GTX460 is worth the $60 over the 5770. The 5770 provided a playable experience for nearly all those games. And for the few it can't, turn the settings down just a bit. That $60 is a new game, and I would rather have the 5770 plus a new game then just the GTX460.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
November 11, 2010 11:04:46 AM

No one knows the specs of the future games,so you can't judge about it.
But like 4745454b said,with the exception of games like Crysis and Metro(which even many newer games aren't as demanding as them), a card like 5770 can handle every game fine on a resolution like 1440x900.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
November 11, 2010 11:45:20 AM

Tell you what lets ask the OP something relevant shall we, Ceres, thats South Africa isnt it ?
Whats the price differance where you are. The other guys seem to be in the USA as they are talking in USD. Im in the UK where there is £10 differance so it would be the highest stupidity ever to buy a 5770 over a 460 as long as your PSU powered it of course.
Maziar i know your not in the US, well last i heard anyway.

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November 11, 2010 12:03:17 PM

I have the Gigabyte model, it is nice and overclocks very well. I am at 850MHz core without any voltage adjustments, and it runs fine on my 460W PSU. Not all cards will see this headroom, but I did. And even OC'd it won't be overkill for 1680x1050, I see some stutter on games like Just Cause 2, BFBC2, and Crysis (obviously) when maxed. Could be something else holding me back, but I wouldn't say its overkill.
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November 11, 2010 1:57:39 PM

actually i live in california zip is 95307 like i have said before i want to future proof so yeah i dont want to have to upgrade later on for a while
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a c 130 U Graphics card
November 11, 2010 2:00:26 PM

labbu63 said:
actually i live in california zip is 95307 like i have said before i want to future proof so yeah i dont want to have to upgrade later on for a while


Ok thats why i asked so there is a Ceres in california, every days a school day.

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