GTX 460 advice for SB Build?


I'm finishing up a new SB build, with everything either already here or on its way, with the exception of my GPU (and a CPU cooler). I'm planning on purchasing a GTX 460, and I'm anticipating a price drop of the 460s when the 560 drops in the next week or so. This new build has essentially tapped me out, and I don't plan on SLi'ing a second card or upgrading the GPU until this summer (yes, I know the mobo is x8/x8 in SLi), so I'd like to spend somewhere between $150-$225 on a single card for now.

Does anyone have a suggestion as to manufacturer, memory clock, core clock, stream processors, etc.? I don't have a specific resolution "need"... I'd simply like something stable at medium/high settings for now. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

New SB PC:
CPU: i5-2500k
Mobo: ASRock P67 Extreme4
PSU: XIGMATEK 700W ATX12V v2.3 SLI/CrossFire Ready 80+ Bronze Cert
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (PC3 12800) Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL
Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB ATX Mid Tower Foldout or Ultra X-Blaster ATX Mid-Tower Case (I own both cases and component size will dictate which I eventually use).
Monitor: Sony Bravia 32" 1080p HDTV
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    i'd recommend you either this one:
    - PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 460 1GB @ 765mhz/1530mhz: $190 (before mir)

    or this one:
    - MSI Hawk GeForce GTX 460 1GB @ 780mhz/1560mhz: $200 (before mir)

    both cards are factory overclocked (standard is: 675mhz/1350mhz)
  2. if you're willing to go up to your budget limit... then on the AMD side i'd recommend either this one:
    - GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6870 1GB: $220

    or this one:
    - HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB: $225 (before mir)
  3. Thank you for the recommendations; I ordered the MSI Hawk, but I put an accidental typo in my billing address, so the order didn't process. I didn't realize it hadn't shipped until a few days ago, so I upped my budget and grabbed the Palit Sonic GTX 560 Ti. Can't wait to try it out. Thanks again for the help!
  4. Best answer selected by capitalistpigskin.
  5. good stuff... that's an awesome video card..!
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