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GTX 460 FTW or GTX 470

Hey guys, I will be buying my build on Black Friday and I just need an answer to this question. I've been looking through benchmarks and reviews and still cannot find a conclusion. The GTX470 being cheaper than the GTX460 FTW EE. In benchmarks it seems that the GTX460 FTW ends up beating the GTX470 at the resolution I play games at.

GTX470: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127501
GTX460 FTW EE: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130581

I play my games on 1680x1050 and when the money comes I will probably end up putting them in SLi. I know that with the GTX470 SLi could go up to 3 Way with my MoBo and with the GTX 460 it's limited at 2 Way.


Here's my build: http://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=11746274

Also those extra fans are for my HAF922 since I already have the case. So there is plenty of airflow in it.
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  1. Better get the cheaper i-5 760 or Phenom II X4 955 and a full HD monitor. Both video cards are overkill for your resolution.
  2. I want to future proof my PC as much as possible so I won't have to buy anything else later. And I do plan to get a better monitor later also.
  3. Then you can wait for a few weeks for the new HD 6950/6970, the prices for the 470 will go down like it happened with the 460 when the 6850 and 6870 were released.
  4. Right but the deals during Black Friday will be worth it for the rest of my parts.
  5. A good base system is what I always build around. I build an i7 920 2 years ago and it still rocks the hot totty. Other have opinions about putting money to other areas, but with the cost you have it looks like you have some room to play with.

    I would personally take a GTX470 over a 460 any days as they can be overclocked as well. The GTX470 beats out the FTW, in the benches I see.
  6. jay2tall said:
    A good base system is what I always build around. I build an i7 920 2 years ago and it still rocks the hot totty. Other have opinions about putting money to other areas, but with the cost you have it looks like you have some room to play with.

    I would personally take a GTX470 over a 460 any days as they can be overclocked as well. The GTX470 beats out the FTW, in the benches I see.


    But wouldn't the GTX460 FTW overclock to higher and than even beat an overclocked GTX470?
  7. The gaming performance is given mainly by the video card(s) not the CPU so any Phenom II X4 + 2 X HD 6850 (or a single HD 6950/70) will run circles around the i-7 950 + GTX 470 for the same price.
  8. mosox said:
    The gaming performance is given mainly by the video card(s) not the CPU so any Phenom II X4 + 2 X HD 6850 (or a single HD 6950/70) will run circles around the i-7 950 + GTX 470 for the same price.


    So you'd recommend like a 5870 + Phenom 965 build cause I was considering it but I really want like a solid CPU for later on and the i7 runs circles around any AMD CPU.
  9. The FTW is already 130MHZ over stock, I wouldn't expect much over this. The at stock has more room to play with.
  10. Also was considering instead of Phenom II x4 970 + 5870, I would swap the 5870 for GTX480
  11. I would take an i7 1366 over a Phenom II anyday. The 5870 is a nice card, but remember next month the 6900s come out. Also the GTX570 comes out as well.
  12. Yeah same I want the nice i7 over the Phenom II since it will probably last longer than the Phenom
  13. mosox said:
    Then you can wait for a few weeks for the new HD 6950/6970, the prices for the 470 will go down like it happened with the 460 when the 6850 and 6870 were released.


    Does anyone know exactly when they will release the 69xx series and what the price and performance will be like
  14. anttotarella said:
    Does anyone know exactly when they will release the 69xx series and what the price and performance will be like

    Release - Mid Descember
    Price / Performance - Not yet.
  15. I would take a i7 980X over a i7 1366 any day. However if that means getting a GTX 460 vs a HD 6950 I would rather get an Athlon II X3 and the latter card.

    And it doesn't look like the $300 i7 will last longer in gaming anyway, I don't see it running circles around the much cheaper Phenom.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-975,2318-8.html

    If I were you I would get my stuff except the video card on Black Friday and the video card after the 69xx release.
  16. I would go i5 or i7 for CPU. They outperform their Phenom II X4 counterparts.

    Also, go for the GTX 470 over the GTX 460.
  17. ^Agreed. If you do not want to wait for the high end AMD cards do as posted above.
  18. Okay I will go for the 470, now does anyone have any brand to suggest me. I know that msi has the twin frozr but I would rather the air be expelled out the case since I have fans to blow air onto the card
  19. You do know that the models that expel air outside the case might cause you permanent hearing problems, no?
    (click the..)
    Just kidding.


    The ones that exhale air outside the case are a little bit loud.
  20. I dont really care about the noise just low temps and overclocking
  21. Low temps for the card means a custom cooler and radiator, not the stock one. Low temps inside the case means case fans or stock cooler for the video card. It comes to what you want.

    Brands: evga, msi, gigabyte, asus, zotac..etc.
  22. Okay but which do you recommend
  23. Best answer
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125338 this one if you want a cool one and with high overclocking potential, witch also has a substantial overclock already(700Mhz core and 1400 memory from 607 and 1215). You must check to see if it fits inside the case because the card is a little bigger then the reference model.

    This one would also be an option: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121400 for a card with stock cooler. It only has 3 reviews but all max eggs. If not, witch one gives you the best customer support at that price. Personally i do not like asus brand but that is just my opinion. The one you posted in your first post is also good.

    EVGA is also a really good brand but the stock one is for 300..? better of with the gigabyte model for that kind of money.
  24. Best answer selected by Anttotarella.
  25. Going with the gigabyte sc 470, thanks for everyones help
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