Hello, Holidays are coming up and i was debating upgrading my card or not.
I have a gts 250 512mb from XFX, i was recently looking at the new GTX 4XX series that just came out and i was interested in the Gtx 460. I herd some good reviews about it, plus i would like to see this eye candy Dx11.
Another reason is that Lost Planet 2 plays horrible for me, i figured 45 fps would be just fine but its not. Its extremly chopy at that rate, i cant keep a steady aim... which makes no sense but ok.
Would it be a good upgrade or just wait untill something bigger and badder comes out?
The GTX 460 is a great buy right now. It has good price for performance and provides better tessellation ability compared to the 6850(what it's up against).
You should be able to max almost every game with it(Crysis and Metro 2033 will still be too much for that).
I don't think there will be much change in the graphics market, unless Nvidia is planning on making a cheap GTX 560 soon. The prices on the cards right now look like they will stay where they are, AMD didn't try to undercut Nvidia on pricing, and Nvidia won't try to sell their huge chips for less unless they have to.
At your resolution, you should not have any problems with your cpu and video card.
Do you have 4gb of ram?
To help clarify your options, run these two tests:
1) Run your games, but reduce the resolution and eye candy to a minimum. This will simulate what will happen if you upgrade to a stronger graphics card. If your FPS improves, it indicates that your cpu is capable of driving a stronger graphics card to higher levels of FPS.
2) Keeping your graphics resolution and settings the same, reduce your cpu power. Do this by removing the overclock, or by using windows power management to set a maximum cpu% of perhaps 70%. If your FPS drops significantly, it indicates that your current cpu is a limiting factor, and that a faster cpu would help.
3gb of ram is fine. Just don't do a lot of multitasking while gaming.
Extra ram does help, here is a study on 3gb vs 6gb: http://www.corsair.com/_appnotes/AN811_Gaming_Performan...
It helps most with minimum frame rates.
But.. it is the minimum frame rates that are the most bothersome.
Since ram is a relatively cheap upgrade, it would not hurt.