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December 13, 2010 1:35:10 AM

I have an e6600 conroe dual core, a 22" monitor with 1680x1050 resolution. and an ATI 4850.

My question is; with my old cpu and only running with 1680x1050 res, would it be a waste of money to buy a 460 fermi?

I read somewhere on this forum (can't find it now) that in some instances a faster graphics card wouldn't run games any better because of an older cpu or lower resolution.

Can someone clear this up for me please?

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December 13, 2010 7:15:29 AM

Here is the article:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/balanced-gaming-pc-...

When you read it, you can judge for yourself whether to buy a GTX 460 or not. In any case, you can use the 460 again if you decide to upgrade your platform to something more modern.
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December 13, 2010 7:48:01 AM

You won't be able to get the fullest potential out of the 460 with your current setup, but you can obviously use it as part of your next build. Having said that, the 4850 is a decent card, so it maybe better to save a bit longer and just buy the whole new system in one go.
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December 13, 2010 8:06:27 AM

The GTX460 1GB is good for the HD resolution. But you can benefit from the GTX460 768MB. But to be true HD5770 would serve the purpose quite well.
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December 13, 2010 12:08:50 PM

No, you can use almost any modern GPU including GTX460, but you MUST OC that E6600 to 3.0GHz or more to get full performance of the card...
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December 13, 2010 1:14:49 PM

yeah overclocking is very important,but you need a well overclocking motherboard tooo,at least 3.00.i am running my e5200 fine at 3.33ghz.with stock voltages,it runs great!!!
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December 13, 2010 3:58:30 PM

I have an Asus P5N-E sli (650i chipset) I haven't had much luck in overclocking this thing very far and still remain stable, but if I could get it to 3g, then I would be able to take advantage of the 460 fermi?
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December 14, 2010 6:07:00 AM

If you go upto 3GHz, then 460 would definitely be able to work better. Even under bottleneck conditions you would notice a considerable boost from the HD4850. :) 

Those nVidia chipsets are crap when it comes to overclocking!
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December 14, 2010 6:29:14 AM

yeah I would say the 460 would be a worthy upgrade if you overclock your cpu and you can always carry over the 460 to future builds which would substantiate its value further down the road, I would say it would be worth it and given their reasonable prices you really wouldn't be out to much money in the end.

I run a 6870 with an overclocked (3.6 ghz) amd athlon x2 240 and it runs just great, obviously my performance suffers in games that utilize quad cores but it was a huge boost from my 5770.
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December 14, 2010 9:26:22 AM

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Those nVidia chipsets are crap when it comes to overclocking!


yes they are, I've been pulling my hair out all afternoon just trying to get my ddr2 1066 to run at, well, 1066. IT is only stable when I run the ram at 800mhz.

I am thinking that I need to buy a cheap mobo with an intel chipset before the fermi. Unfortunately technology has passed me by and the only board I see on newegg or geeks that is ddr2 is an matx.

I have grown so attached to this e6600, I hate to dump the little thing, even though it is just 2 cores and a 1066 bus.

I'll look around for other places to buy a good but really cheap 775 motherboard that will let me use my ddr2.

Being poor isn't all it is cracked up to be :) 
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December 14, 2010 10:04:38 AM

Sometimes its more important to make the best of what we have.

E6600 although is an entry level quad core, but still should do the job for you for a year or so.
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December 14, 2010 10:52:20 AM

hell_storm2004 said:
Sometimes its more important to make the best of what we have.

E6600 although is an entry level quad core, but still should do the job for you for a year or so.


The E6600 is a dual, not a quad.
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December 14, 2010 11:07:20 AM

An OC is definitely for the best but even without it the GTX 460 would allow you to better max out the settings on the latest games at your resolution. Something is always going to be a bottleneck in the system. Right now it probably varies between your processor and the card depending on the game and settings. The GTX 460 will help in some games but not others unless you OC.
You could also just upgrade the CPU if overclocking really isn't working for you on that board.
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December 14, 2010 11:26:23 AM

You can also try BIOS updates to see if it helps with system stability. I don't know if there have been cases of BIOS updates making overclocking easier, but it doesn't hurt to have the latest BIOS. Just make sure you don't lose power while flashing.

How much heat does the E6600 produce? If you're going to overclock it, I suggest you get an aftermarket cooler, if you haven't yet, to help with temperatures. Most coolers nowadays offer support for most socket types, so you can use it in a future build, if ever.
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December 20, 2010 7:57:18 PM

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You can also try BIOS updates to see if it helps with system stability. I don't know if there have been cases of BIOS updates making overclocking easier, but it doesn't hurt to have the latest BIOS. Just make sure you don't lose power while flashing.

How much heat does the E6600 produce? If you're going to overclock it, I suggest you get an aftermarket cooler, if you haven't yet, to help with temperatures. Most coolers nowadays offer support for most socket types, so you can use it in a future build, if ever.



Temp is between 31 to 35 normally, I remember it getting up to 41 once. For cooling I have the Zalman 9500 that I bought back in '07.
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December 20, 2010 7:58:04 PM

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December 20, 2010 8:05:09 PM

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