I recently built a system (for the first time, following TH's guidelines, thanks) with:
Phenom II x4 955BE C3 - OC 3.5GHz
2 x 2GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1333
Ignoring MB and PSU reqs, what is the best single-slot PCIe video card (gaming only) that will not cause or suffer from bottlenecking given that I will not upgrade CPU or RAM and never opt for SSD or SLI/CF?
I am asking ignorance of MB because I am not planning to purchase a video card soon, but would like a bottlenecking reference point for my current system, and the PSU is the only thing I'm willing to upgrade because of a video card, if the time comes.
Thanks a lot, I'll mark down GTX 460 as my "ceiling" card when I upgrade (I don't plan to change my monitor unless it breaks). I don't mind being behind the times, but this time around I wanted my components to match up better. It was a total waste to have an 8800GT paired with an Athlon64 3200+ / 2GB RAM for so long.