I am planning on building a new system now as the Diablo III release date is getting close, but since I haven't been reading on new technologies in quite a while, I thought that it would be much faster if I get some answers from you guys.
I currently use an AMD based system:
MB: Asus M2N32SLI-Deluxe
CPU: Athlon II X4 640 @ 3.0GHz
RAM: 2x2GB Kingston DDR2 @ 800 MHz
GPU: Asus ENGTS250 DK Series 1GB DDRIII
PSU: CM RealPower 460W
Since I've always been a budget gamer, my new machine will be AMD based as well. My plan was to go for a 890GX mobo that would work with the next gen CPUs, get a new PSU, RAM and GPU and update the CPU towards the end of the year.
So now the actual question regarding GPUs is: I set my sights on the GeForce 275 GTX 896 version. Do you think it is smarter to go for that one or just go for the GTX 460? I would use it primarily for Diablo III and since they said it will be DX9 based game, my preferred choice would be the GTX 275 card.
Second, would the Athlon II 640 bottleneck the card?
Since the card has 896MB RAM, it would be wise to say that I play on a 1400x900 monitor, so I think that RAM wouldnt be a problem.
As for a card manufacturer, I was thinking for going for the Asus Ultimate Armaments version (I have an excellent experience with Asus)
So, to sum it up: GTX 275 or GTX 460; would my Athlon II 640 bottleneck those cards; which manufacturer to choose? (all of this considering we are talking about Diablo III)
Since you want to stay with Nvidia for your gpu and the AMD platform, consider the new 990Fxx chipsets that are out, 990Fxx are SLI & crossFx compatible. That means you can up grade to SLI by just adding a card, instead of replacing it in the future.
The new boards are backward compatible with AM3 CPUs and you can move to the newer AM3+ CPUs later-on.
990F= better upgrade potential & longer hardware life.
This one has a 5 year warranty; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
No mate, go back and read my question I am thinking between GTX 275 and GTX 460 and I want to know if any of those two cards will be bottlenecked by the Athlon II X4 640
Came across this; http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu,295...
and it shows the 640 up there on the AMD side, the only games that might give you problems are the ones that are CPU intensive vs GPU intensive!(the 640 has no L3 cache)
Ether one of those cards should work well with your 640.
Edit; The 460 would consume less power=run cooler.
Hope that helps.