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March 16, 2011 12:30:45 AM

I have currently

Motherboard - ASUS M4A88TD-M



Processor - AMD Phenom 555 CE



RAM - G Skill 2x4 GB



Hard Drive - Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1 TB



I was considering getting a GTX 460 768mb video card, and was wondering if I have any bottlenecks on my system. Or would another card be better for the build? Thanks

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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2011 12:41:13 AM

make and model of psu? and what resolution do you play at?
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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2011 12:42:47 AM

I would say if you have the psu for it and arent trying to max out games at 1080p then the gtx 460 768mb would be a great choice imo
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March 16, 2011 11:48:30 AM

The PSU is Corsair builder 500watt.

I think I would play at the resolution under 1600x900. I forgot which one it was.
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March 16, 2011 12:31:46 PM

HD 6950 and unlock it to the HD 6970 or just get a HD 6970.
i believe the HD 6970 beats out the GTX460 by a big margin.

GTX 460 $269.99,
HD 6970 $379.99,
HD 6950 $289.99
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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2011 12:52:44 PM

^^huh gtx 460 768 mb is like $150 or less how can you even compare it to 290+ cards
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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2011 12:53:11 PM

dwisen said:
HD 6950 and unlock it to the HD 6970 or just get a HD 6970.
i believe the HD 6970 beats out the GTX460 by a big margin.

GTX 460 $269.99,
HD 6970 $379.99,
HD 6950 $289.99


sry but thats bad advice, i think the GTX 460 will fit him perfectly considering his CPU and resolution.
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March 16, 2011 2:28:38 PM

Is the CPU holding me back? I thought it was pretty good. Phenom x2 3.2 ghx.
I know I can unlock the 2 dormant cores because I tried it earlier. I just leave it at 2 running cores for lower heat/power. Nothing overclocked so I have a stock cooler for case and cpu
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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2011 2:33:44 PM

if you can unlock it (and you test it and its stable) then you can benefit from a better card, but until you determine if its stable or not with say a prime 95 test then its hard to tell if its stable or not, many can unlock to x4 though so you might be lucky, I would try that and report back bc if you now have (essentially a p2 955) a stronger cpu we can recommend a better cards such as a 6950 or 6970
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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2011 2:36:18 PM

if your going to do that I'd recomend this cpu cooler:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you may be able to find it a bit cheaper at a different vendor as they have gone up in price due to the fact that they just performed a lot better than most 30 dollar cpu coolers, but id check it out and maybe shop around a bit if your going to unlock the dormant cores and possibly OC
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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2011 3:00:50 PM

that cooler is awesome for the price^^. it would be great if you unlocked it to a quad, a 6950 1GB would be awesome for that resolution then, or maybe a GTX 560 TI, its your choice :) 
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March 16, 2011 11:44:14 PM

Derbixrace said:
sry but thats bad advice, i think the GTX 460 will fit him perfectly considering his CPU and resolution.

how can you say that what i gave is bad advice considering the card i gave my opinion on is about the same price as the gtx 460 and is more future proof and more powerful. saving him $ in the long run?
sorry sir you gave bad advice.
the dual-core he has is just fine for this gpu at the moment and he can upgrade or unlock cores in the future for added performance.
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2011 10:30:55 AM

dwisen said:
how can you say that what i gave is bad advice considering the card i gave my opinion on is about the same price as the gtx 460 and is more future proof and more powerful. saving him $ in the long run?
sorry sir you gave bad advice.
the dual-core he has is just fine for this gpu at the moment and he can upgrade or unlock cores in the future for added performance.


you can get a GTX 460 for 149.99$, not 269.99$ like you said.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2011 1:14:29 PM

dwisen said:
how can you say that what i gave is bad advice considering the card i gave my opinion on is about the same price as the gtx 460 and is more future proof and more powerful. saving him $ in the long run?
sorry sir you gave bad advice.
the dual-core he has is just fine for this gpu at the moment and he can upgrade or unlock cores in the future for added performance.



the dual core is fine but no doubt he will be held back in games that utilize quads such as bfbc2, in some games performance will suck with a dual core, not to mention that he already unlocked it so what are you talking about.
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2011 1:21:52 PM

jjb8675309 said:
if your going to do that I'd recomend this cpu cooler:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you may be able to find it a bit cheaper at a different vendor as they have gone up in price due to the fact that they just performed a lot better than most 30 dollar cpu coolers, but id check it out and maybe shop around a bit if your going to unlock the dormant cores and possibly OC

The Xigmatek Balder is good as well, works with AMD processors, and costs 30$ with rebate.
At 1600x900, the 460 or 560 from Nvidia is decent, AMD's 6950 is a great option as well since you may get it to a 6970's performance with no extra cost (other then the possible damage of overclocking factor) but I would only offer it if you are choosing to get a monitor that supports 1920x1080.
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March 17, 2011 3:00:02 PM

HD 6950 - $169.99 unlocks to HD 6970 - FREE
and still out performs the GTX 460
be smart man dont waste money you dont have to and get a lesser card like people are telling you to get.

he/you/ and i have already said his cpu at x2 will be a little slow on a FEW games but MOST games will be fine, then all he has to do is unlock to the 4th core again.
maybe in the future get a quad or hexacore and still have a good video card to boot.

so once again i ask you where did i go wrong in saying this would be a good cheap card/cards?
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2011 3:08:39 PM

what is wrong with you? you dont seem to know the prices on graphics cards.

GTX 460 149.99$
HD6950 2GB 269.99$

why do you compare those cards? the price difference is as big as the difference between night and day.
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2011 3:08:52 PM

keep you cores unlocked, also you are wrong again, the 1 gig 6970 does NOT unlock and the 2 gig is certainly not as cheap as 169? where are you getting these prices, even the 1 gigs are $230, the 6950 will outperform the gtx 460 at stock with no unlock so what is your point, it costs more and performs better..... well that makes sense to me.

The dual core is fine but if he is going to jump up to a 6950/70 level of gpu I think he should at least have an am3 quad if not better imo, the dual will work but if he already unlocked it and its stable then why not keep it that way bc in newer games it will no doubt hold him back having only two cores. Of course this is a moot argument if the OP only plays games that are optimized for dual or only optimized for quad cores... but overall I'd say its better to have a strong quad these days... my 2 cents the only things I think your wrong about is the pricing
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2011 3:10:19 PM

besides that the OP said to start off that he was considering the 768mb gtx 460 so anything above the 1 gig 460 is likely out of their budget imo
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2011 3:55:41 PM

dwisen said:
if i really made such a bad choice in saying get the hd 6970 still get the 6950/leave it at the 6950 bios and still out perform the gtx 460.
http://www.hwcompare.com/7986/geforce-gtx-460-oem-vs-ra...
http://www5.picturepush.com/photo/a/5134053/img/benchma...
and the list goes on
so i say if anyone has made a bad choice in recommending a new card it would be anyone in this thread that said the gtx460.

The problem is, you first said the 6950 was 290$, then you went to say it's 170$...
You also said the 460 was 270$, when it's really around 150$

If you want to be taken seriously, get the prices right. You're comparing a card around 250$ with a card around 150$. At a 100$ difference, the 6950 should be better. We know the 6950 is better in performance, but he might not want to spend 250$+ on hardware. It may seem strange to you, but not everyone buys the newest and more expensive item when they can get a cheaper thing that does exactly what they need.

(Inb4 Weaker CPU means he can afford better GPU.)
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2011 4:20:31 PM

the GTX 460 will make his system well balanced imo.
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March 17, 2011 6:03:38 PM

dalta centauri said:
The problem is, you first said the 6950 was 290$, then you went to say it's 170$...
You also said the 460 was 270$, when it's really around 150$

If you want to be taken seriously, get the prices right. You're comparing a card around 250$ with a card around 150$. At a 100$ difference, the 6950 should be better. We know the 6950 is better in performance, but he might not want to spend 250$+ on hardware. It may seem strange to you, but not everyone buys the newest and more expensive item when they can get a cheaper thing that does exactly what they need.

(Inb4 Weaker CPU means he can afford better GPU.)

i agree i did make a mistake on the prices i was doing like 5 other things at the same time, sorry
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March 24, 2011 11:43:50 AM

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