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
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.
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: