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Would a 460gtx be worth the money?

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February 17, 2011 3:38:52 AM

I currently have a dell xps 720 with the following specs: core 2 duo e6850 3.0ghz, 8800gtx, 4gb ddr2 ram,750 watt power supply, and nforce 680i mobo. I play games at 1920 x 1200 res on a 24 inch dell monitor and would like to get better frames. I play crysis at all high settings 4xaa and get around 20fps. Would replacing my 8800gtx with a 460gtx get me around 30fps? If not, what percent increase would I see in frames? Thanks in advance.

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a c 169 U Graphics card
February 17, 2011 4:49:47 AM

Definitely.
GTX 460 will give you a huge boost in performance.
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February 17, 2011 6:41:34 PM

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GTX460 1GB will be a nice addition but the GTX560 is out and running at a nice price has made the GTX470 also drop in price, maybe worth checking out...
either on requires 2 6-pin plugs for additional power requirements.
are you planning on upgrading that processor at anytime in the future.?
reminder, GTX460 1GB and not the 768MB version is the card that I recommend.


Unfortunately I can't upgrade the processor anytime soon. What do you mean about the 2 6-pin plugs for additional power requirements?
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February 17, 2011 6:42:05 PM

Maziar said:
Definitely.
GTX 460 will give you a huge boost in performance.


Thanks for the reply.
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a b U Graphics card
February 17, 2011 6:47:03 PM

The 2 6-pin plugs is referring to the fact that the GTX 460 and GTX 560 require the PSU to supply 2 6-pin PCI Express power connectors. Given the fact that you have a relatively high wattage PSU and currently run a 8800gtx your PSU should already have the necessary power connectors.
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February 17, 2011 7:43:29 PM

You can use 2 double 4pin molex to 6pin adapters; at least 1 adapter is provided with just about any video card that needs PCIe cable.
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February 17, 2011 11:56:56 PM

jprahman said:
The 2 6-pin plugs is referring to the fact that the GTX 460 and GTX 560 require the PSU to supply 2 6-pin PCI Express power connectors. Given the fact that you have a relatively high wattage PSU and currently run a 8800gtx your PSU should already have the necessary power connectors.


Thanks for clearing that up.
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February 17, 2011 11:57:26 PM

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agreed, and thanks for the explanation..


Thanks for the reply.
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February 17, 2011 11:58:41 PM

So do you guys have any idea how many more frames I would get if I upgraded to the 460gtx?
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February 18, 2011 3:19:08 AM

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what games and at what resolution.?

Graphically intense games like Far Cry 2 and Crysis at 1920 x 1200 resolution on a 24 inch Dell U2410 monitor. I'm one of those guys who likes to play on native res if possible.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
February 18, 2011 3:53:53 AM

You can expect 2x performance in most games.
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February 18, 2011 6:06:09 PM

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yes, I'd say so.
maybe later I'll find some specific stats for you..

Okay. That would be helpful.
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February 18, 2011 6:11:17 PM

I should probably add that I won't be upgrading until May of this year. Do you think that prices will go down by then?
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February 18, 2011 6:16:48 PM

Another question: would a 560gtx ti be a better buy if it drops in price a bit? Say 225 dollars. Or would my other system specs bottleneck it so much that it really doesn't perform any better than the 460gtx?
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February 18, 2011 6:17:46 PM

By the way, my system specs are at the top of the page.
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February 18, 2011 7:01:57 PM

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is that model Dell overclock-able.?
a few XPS models Dell allowed them to be overclocked..
GTX 460 would be the most I would run on your current chip, it's a nice pairing.
Instead of spending a lot of money on the GTX 560 I'd look into upgrading your current processor instead.
A Q9500 and up can cost almost $200.
C2D E6850 @ 3.0GHz is a solid mid-level chip, but you'll need more.
C2D E8400 and up is also an upgrade from your current chip.
not saying that it's worth it to you or some, just letting you know.

Unfortunately it is not overclockable. I also will not be upgrading the cpu, so I guess the best choice would be the GTX 460.

Thanks so much for the quick responses.
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February 18, 2011 7:05:40 PM

So the GTX 460 is pretty much the max I can get for a graphics card that won't be bottlenecked by the rest of my system, right?
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a b U Graphics card
February 18, 2011 7:10:38 PM

Yes, pretty much. Any more powerful of a GPU and the CPU bottleneck is going to become too great of an issue.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
February 18, 2011 8:16:38 PM

Aside from some RTS games(such as WIC) or games like GTA IV,Prototype etc. which benefit from a quad core CPU,your CPU is fine for other majority of games.(Won't bottleneck the GTX 460)
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February 18, 2011 9:22:33 PM

Okay, thanks guys. One last question. I am trying to get a card as cheap as possible, so should I try to find a cheap gtx 460 or a gtx 460se? I know the se is not quite as good, but I can find it a lot cheaper. Would I notice much of a difference between the cards? From what I can tell, the only big difference is the number of CUDA cores.
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February 19, 2011 12:25:50 AM

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it seems in overall comparison terms that the 1GB SE model and the 768MB model are equal with the SE better in some specs and the 768MB in others.
so get whichever you can find for the cheapest..

Alright. Thanks for your input.
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February 19, 2011 12:27:02 AM

I think that answers all of my questions. Thank you very much guys. :) 
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February 19, 2011 12:27:43 AM

Best answer selected by Camden840.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
February 19, 2011 6:21:56 AM

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