GTX 460 786MB SLI VS HD 5870 1GB

I am looking at two used GPU's, options. 460 SLI for $320 or 5870 for $300. Which should I get?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: It's used so ASAP.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Crysis Warhead, home theater/watching movies. (Just getting back into gaming, more games to follow.)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 8800 GT SC 512MB SLI, Ultra LSP 650 (+12V 1: 38 A) I WILL get a new PSU.(Don't like this one all that much. only had it for 6 days.)

I will be looking for a new PSU with a +12 1: 48+ A.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: ASUS M4N82-Deluxe SLI MOBO, AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, DDR2 4x2GB 8GB 5-4-4-12 800, 80GB/1TB HDD's,

Getting a 955 BE or a 1090T BE.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: N/A

PARTS PREFERENCES: Nvidia, so I could use my SLI MOBO BUT ATI is just fine.(My next MOBO may be a CFX.)

OVERCLOCKING: Not on the 64 X2 CPU, but the new one YES. SLI :depends on GPU

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Truly MAXING out Crysis Warhead.
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  1. get the 460. and yup, you'll need to have that psu replaced, look at a corsair tx650. mind you there's a scarcity of sli enabled am3 boards.
  2. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/181?vs=162
    Chart above for 1 gb gtx 460, expect a bit less for the 768 mb.. Still GTX 460 sli- the better choice compared to a single 5870.
  3. Thank you, both of you. 460 it is. I am going to check this PSU out.(review wise.) XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W XXX Edition. (It's $100 so it in my budget, after the GPU's and CPU my fund are a bit low.)
  4. remember to oc those 460s a bit. 800mhz core is easily achievable.
  5. Those prices are for USED???

    You can get NEW Asus Direct CU GTX460 for the same price ($159 x 2 = $320) and after rebate they are only $139. ($139 x 2 = $280)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121390
  6. If your going to SLI gtx 460's I'm supposing you're running at 1080P, and you are going to use AA. Get 1 GB versions of 460, and if you are using a monitor higher than 1080P, get 2 GB versions. The 768 MB versions of cards will slow you down, and you will wonder why you didn't get the 1gb's for a little more. Also, you will need at the least around a 750 Watt to run 2 460's (At the least), go the extra mile for future overclocking.
  7. geekapproved said:
    Those prices are for USED???

    You can get NEW Asus Direct CU GTX460 for the same price ($159 x 2 = $320) and after rebate they are only $139. ($139 x 2 = $280)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121390



    I am in Canada. The used card is a EVGA 768-P3-1362-AR for $120, plus one new card at $200=$320 for both. Life time warranty(The used one has been 'signed-up')


    AHelpingHand:


    I am using 1680x1050, and for the time being I am not getting new LCD's.(Funds are too low, and will for awhile after all this.)
  8. Quote:
    If your going to SLI gtx 460's I'm supposing you're running at 1080P, and you are going to use AA. Get 1 GB versions of 460, and if you are using a monitor higher than 1080P, get 2 GB versions. The 768 MB versions of cards will slow you down, and you will wonder why you didn't get the 1gb's for a little more. Also, you will need at the least around a 750 Watt to run 2 460's (At the least), go the extra mile for future overclocking.


    faults. the difference between the 768mb/1gb is not the RAM to say the least. it's processing power as far as 1080p is concerned. name a game that severely chokes the 768mb version versus the 1gb please @ 1080p?

    and as far as crysis concerned:

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-460-sli-review/11

    settings was on high. take away a minimum of 10% to a maximum 20% performance loss with very high enabled and you get a score (1600x1200).


    cheapest 768mb

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125334&cm_re=gtx460_768-_-14-125-334-_-Product

    while the 1gb variation still hovers around $180 upward.

    the 2gb variation on the other hand is a fail.

    http://benchmarkextreme.com/Articles/GTX%20460%20ANALYSIS/P1.html

    a more comprehensive 768mb vs 1gb sli comparison

    http://benchmarkextreme.com/Articles/GTX%20460%20ANALYSIS/P3.html

    so much for having 1gb vram eh?
  9. Dont you think it would be important to mention you live in another country when asking for advice on price vs. performance??
  10. geekapproved said:
    Dont you think it would be important to mention you live in another country when asking for advice on price vs. performance??



    Yeah, I do now. However I gave only two options. I just didn't know which would be best.(somewhat the same.)
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