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December 1, 2010 4:28:08 PM

Im looking for Some Advice On The Best GPU for the money right now... budget is 200$

i plan on purchasing within a few days....

my maximum monitor resolution is 1920x1080
will be used with a 650w power supply

thanks
a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 7:17:04 PM

cpu, mobo, ram, and type of 650watt psu (need to be sure its a true 650 watt psu)

as a shot in the dark assuming your sstem can properly handle it

gtx 460 overclocked or for a few bucks more around 210 a 6850 woudl be a bit better certainly worth the extra 10 bucks

of the 460's the twin frozr mentioned would be my personal favorite
December 1, 2010 7:26:16 PM

phenom 2 x4 955

g.skill ripjaw 4gb

board - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu is the CoolerMaster GX 650
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Newegg is Offering A xfx 5850 1gb for 189.99 after MIR... would you recommend that over the 460 or no?
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a c 539 U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 7:30:16 PM

My votes:

ECS GTX460 Black 1GB - $200, 180 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Very quiet Arctic Cooling Heatsink, factory overclocked to 765 mhz.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/ecs-geforce-gtx-460-black...

Gigabyte GTX460 1GB - $200, free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Very quiet Windforce II heatsink, factory overclocked to 760 mhz, "Ultra Durable" components.

*Be sure to get the 1GB model, NOT the 768MB model. 550 watt PSU is recommended.
a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 7:32:16 PM

your board supports crossfire and not sli so unless your'e willing to hack if you get a gtx460 then you'll only be abel to do a single card setup, if you're of with those options the gtx460 would be a great choice

otherwise at around 210 a 6850 would be an excellent card and when you need mroe performance down the line you could add a second 6850 to extend the life of the system when the graphics are slowing down.

here's a good 6850 for $200 with a good aftermarket cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

seems they priced the 6850 abotu 10 bucks down in the last few days most are at 200 now

either card should serve you fine

add *

here's a good 1 gig gtx 460 for $200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 176 U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 7:47:49 PM

Let your choice depend in part on whether or not you want PhysX; that runs only on nVidia cards; so either a GTX460 or a HD6850, prices not counting any rebate dog poo.
December 1, 2010 7:51:51 PM

i am not really too worried about PhysX.... as of now i am leaning more toward the 6850.

i figure i better stick with ati in case i ever plan to Crossfire...
a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 7:55:51 PM

smart move. the asus CU i linked has an excellent cooler but really most the 6850's seem to have adequite cooling perhaps

the sapphire toxic would be even better as it exits the hot air out of the case and has a better overclock.. of coarse its also 10 dollars more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 8:42:17 PM

fair enough, $169.99 for a gtx 460 768mb super overclocked card is a good deal aswell. i just think getting a gtx 460 1gb for $139.99 (after rebate) is a better deal.
a c 539 U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 9:20:41 PM

At 1920x1080 resolution, a 1GB model will do a much better job than 768MB. Also the SE 1GB is the low-end version with 288 shaders (vs. 336) and even lower performance than the 768MB version. If the budget were less than $200, that would make sense to consider a more budget-friendly, lower-performing model, but I think the idea is the get the most performance without going over budget.

Quote:
"I have to admit I'm quite disapointed by what the GeForce GTX 460 SE delivers. In most of our benchmarks we see the card trailing well behind the GeForce GTX 460 768 MB - about 7%. When compared to the 1 GB GTX 460 the difference is even 15%. Unfortunately the reduction in performance has not resulted in a significant decrease in power consumption. The card basically consumes just as much power as the GTX 460 1 GB and 768 MB."
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gainward/GeForce_GTX...
a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 9:08:04 AM

17seconds said:
At 1920x1080 resolution, a 1GB model will do a much better job than 768MB. Also the SE 1GB is the low-end version with 288 shaders (vs. 336) and even lower performance than the 768MB version. If the budget were less than $200, that would make sense to consider a more budget-friendly, lower-performing model, but I think the idea is the get the most performance without going over budget.

Quote:
"I have to admit I'm quite disapointed by what the GeForce GTX 460 SE delivers. In most of our benchmarks we see the card trailing well behind the GeForce GTX 460 768 MB - about 7%. When compared to the 1 GB GTX 460 the difference is even 15%. Unfortunately the reduction in performance has not resulted in a significant decrease in power consumption. The card basically consumes just as much power as the GTX 460 1 GB and 768 MB."
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gainward/GeForce_GTX...


i didnt know about that. i guess that describes the price. i guess i would go for either the 768mb malmental linked to or the asus directcu gtx 460 1gb then.
a c 539 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 4:08:57 PM

infernox_01 said:
i didnt know about that. i guess that describes the price. i guess i would go for either the 768mb malmental linked to or the asus directcu gtx 460 1gb then.

Yeah, Nvidia kind of snuck that SE model out without much fanfare over the past week or two. It is basically a solution for those who want a budget model 460, but need more memory than the 768mb offers. All the same, manufacturers are producing overclocked, customized models that will probably do a good job for the price, and in SLI would probably get up to GTX480 performance.
a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 4:19:47 PM

i wonder if tomshardware will review the overclocked models.
a c 539 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 4:42:00 PM

infernox_01 said:
i wonder if tomshardware will review the overclocked models.

After looking at some other reviews, it seems the GTX460SE 1GB might not be a bad card. If you are playing at high resolutions, it will outperform a 768MB model, and it overclocks like crazy.


http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 5:07:54 PM

yea. the 460 se isn't bad, obbviously the 460 origional is better but i think the price difference makes it a viable option for peopel who can't quite afford a normal 460 but want 1 gig of ram :D  almost wish i'd picked one up last week now that benches are out oh well the asus topcu 450 is still mroe than i need
December 2, 2010 5:12:32 PM

For $200 I'd have to tell you to go for this...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's the MSI GTX 460 Hawk and in my opinion it is the best, or one of the best GTX 460's our there. It's got a nice factory overclock and it also has a sweet custom PCB and custom cooler along with a 3 year warranty for parts AND labor. Even though Newegg says labor is only 2 years, all VGA products manufactured after Jan 1st 2010 have 3 years parts and labor warranty if you check MSI's website.

The best part.... the price is only $159.99 after a $30 mail-in rebate. Rebate must be postmarked AND received within 30 days of purchase.

-Danyulc
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