Hey all, looking for some video card replacement advice. I'm fairly confident that my MSI GeForce 8800GTS 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 has died and i'm looking for a replacement asap.
My primary usage is gaming - WOW, Civ V, D3 when it finally releases.
My motherboard is a GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX and it has 1 PCI Express x16 slot and 3 x1 slots so that is my constraint.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: MSI GeForce 8800GTS 512MB and Corsair 520HX 520W PSU
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Windows Vista 64-bit, 4GB Kingston RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference
MONITOR RESOLUTION: was running at 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is primarily a gaming rig. I would like to stay below $250 if possible.
For $10 more money, you'd get the 1GB version. This not only allows for more memory (good at higher resolutions or newer games with increasingly larger textures) but is also a faster card. The 1GB version of the GTX 460 actually has more processors in it than the 768MB versions do. And for $10 it's not a very expensive upgrade.
Either way though, both cards should do fine for you.
The GTS450 is a small upgrade, more of a replacement really.
At 1680x1050 the GTX460 is n't going to be heavily restricted by the Wolfdale CPU,
so I'd suggest spending the extra $10 and getting the faster 1Gb model and using its extra grunt to turn up the eye-candy.
BTW the Duchy of Grand Fenwick is in Europe (where did you see those 'mouse' movies?) so Newegg is no good for prices etc