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June 18, 2011 9:38:15 PM

I have an XFX 8800GS card I want to replace and I've been looking at GTX460 1gb cards. They seem to be a decent enough upgrade to what I have for a good price. However since these cards are from 2010, are there possibly any newer cards out there that are around the same price range (~$200) that will provide an even higher performance leap?

Take one of these as an example to what I plan on upgrading to now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Note:I do not plan on overclocking, I do not use SLI, I prefer nVidia over ATI, and I like gaming at 1680x1050.
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June 18, 2011 10:37:29 PM

computernugget said:
maybe this one. its newer and i believe it is faster than the gtx460.

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


mute20 said:
A 6870 is cheaper and better performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the feedback, I know I said i'd prefer nVidia, but if the 6870 is truly a bigger performance boost then it doesn't matter I guess.

Just one question about it, I have an AMD Ahtlon x2 5500+. Will this CPU bottleneck any of these cards posted?

I also doubt power will be an issue as i'll only be running one using a tx750 PSU.
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June 18, 2011 10:38:26 PM

the gtx 460 you posted is great, go for it. @computernugget the gtx 560 has the same performance of a 460, it just has a higher clock, so buying the 460 still makes sense if he doesnt plan on SLI-ing. I say this because a 560 will be easier to find later than a 460.

so just buy the 460 and clock it to the 560 levels and youll have the exact same card
a b U Graphics card
June 18, 2011 10:42:38 PM

Yes just get a 460 I didn't see the 30$ rebate so it should be well worth the price.
a b U Graphics card
June 18, 2011 10:46:00 PM

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I'd say go for the GTX 460 u linked us, pretty good for the price
at USD 135 after rebate, I couldn't find a AMD card that could be better priced.

810mhz-core


With a decent platform, u should be able to keep up with the HD6870 in most games, but remain behind it.


unless you buy a 460 FTW or SSC or Hawk talon then you will be ahead of the 6870
June 19, 2011 1:29:13 AM

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1. Does your mobo support it?
2.Why not go for a platform upgrade ?
3.Phenom II x4s should not bottleneck single GPUs severely


1.From what I've read, i'm guessing my mobo will support it. I cannot say for sure.

My mobo is ECS 8200A Black Edition. Specs say its "AM3 ready" on the ECS site.

2. I am upgrading psu and gpu at the moment because my current GPU is on the fritz, and I did not want to spend much more than $300 for now. I may be upgrading the mobo later this year however.

3.And thank you for clearing that up, if I can use the Phenom II then I will be getting it and the GTX460 "Hawk Talon Attack" card. :D 
June 19, 2011 6:18:27 AM

I'd go with the 6870 if you can afford it, it is tremendous performance in crossfire. Besides that no much at that price, but if you can find the sapphire xtreme 5850 around for 140-150 get it.
June 19, 2011 8:55:44 AM

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I did encourage the OP to buy the 460 rite?

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I'd say go for the GTX 460 u linked us, pretty good for the price
at USD 135 after rebate, I couldn't find a AMD card that could be better priced.

810mhz-core





1.ur mobo can only run 95watt Phenom IIs, so u might as well get a Athlon II x4 640 or the Phenom II x4 840
2.Next Time, Dont buy ECS motherboard



Thanks for the tip. I eventually ended up ordering a Phenom II x4 945 (95w) and the GTX460.
June 19, 2011 8:57:41 AM

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