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Advice on video card upgrade under $200

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December 11, 2010 8:46:26 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully next week. BUDGET RANGE: $160-$200 (can go a little over for S&H)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I game at 1280x1024. The games I play are Source engine mods, Red Orchestra (UT04 engine), GTAIV, Bad Company 2, CoDMW2, Napoleon Total War and Red Orchestra 2 (UT3 engine) when it comes out. I also watch some HD movies, though most are at DVD resolution.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 & OCZ GameXStream 600W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Motherboard: MSI P55-CD53
CPU: Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.66GHz (Will OC it when i get aftermarket cooler)
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB)
Case: CM Centurion 5
Cooling: 1x 120 exhaust, 1x 80mm intake.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or Amazon.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer NVIDIA though will consider ATI.

OVERCLOCKING & SLI: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I've been eyeing the GeForce GTX 460 or maybe 470. Also can someone tell me whats the difference between the GeForce GTX 460 and GeForce GTX 465?


I am also concerned if my PSU, the OCZ GameXStream 600W will be able to handle new card along with my OC of the i5-750 hopefully up to 3GHz as soon as i get my aftermarket cooler. And I am hopping that what ever card I get it won't be bottle necked by my CPU, though it probably wouldnt be after OC.
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December 11, 2010 9:25:14 AM

Go for the GTX 460 768mb (Yes, 768mb, you do not need any more RAM with your resolution). The 470 runs HOT and you don't need anything higher than a 460. You could also consider a 6850, which is on par with the GTX 460. The difference between 460 and 465 is that 460 is made on a newr platform, which generates less heat use les power --> 460 is better. GTX 460 requires 2 6-pin power connectors, your PSU supports that. An overclocked i5-750 would hardly bottleneck any card on the market. Good luck and have fun! :) 
This is the card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 11, 2010 10:27:38 AM

+1 to the above.
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