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August 29, 2011 7:42:52 PM

Is the GTX460 best bang for your buck?

I want to play WoW diablo 3 and Dota2 on ultra. I have a 2500k cpu and want a decent gpu.

I currently have a gtx465 and want a slight upgrade, will be giving this gpu to the girlfriend.

Should I buy the 460? Is there a better ati for equivalent money?

Details would be nice :)  thanks!

I'd like to keep it below 200 bucks if that helps on sugestions!

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August 29, 2011 8:01:42 PM

Is a GTX 460 better than a GTX465, well as the name would suggest no not really (possibly a few fps better in most games) but it cannot be considered much of an upgrade other than lower power and lower temps :/  . did you mean a 560 ti or something which is more likely to be given the best bang for buck title these days?
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August 29, 2011 9:02:59 PM

hmm, yea perhaps.

Are there any ati gpu's that equal / trump the 560 for similar price?
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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2011 9:07:42 PM

The 6950 will beat a 560 most of the time, and it's about $10-$30 more. In fact, right now, you could get one for $200 after rebate from newegg
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August 29, 2011 9:37:32 PM

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staying with nVidia and for $200 if have some options including re-mans certified with warranty if you ever thought in that direction.?
if so then you can go better..


I'm sorry I don't understand what your saying
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August 29, 2011 9:49:26 PM

Oh I see what you mean, a re-manufactured unit. As long as teh warrenty is great then sure why the heck not?
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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2011 10:00:06 PM

circulate said:
hmm, yea perhaps.

Are there any ati gpu's that equal / trump the 560 for similar price?

Yeah, the hd6870 is like a GTX 560, not the Ti though.
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August 29, 2011 10:00:27 PM

:(  boo.
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August 29, 2011 10:03:24 PM

So the general concensus is the 560ti is the best circa 200 card?
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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2011 10:04:47 PM

circulate said:
So the general concensus is the 560ti is the best circa 200 card?

Yeah, if you plan on OCing, grab a 560Ti, if not an OC, grab a hd6950. Also, if you are lucky, you can unlock a hd6950 to a hd6970 and that will eat a GTX 560 Ti.
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August 29, 2011 10:05:51 PM

if i'm lucky? explain what's needed to do that ?
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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2011 10:09:07 PM

circulate said:
if i'm lucky? explain what's needed to do that ?

Well, I have heard 98% of them unlocked,but then they were making it so many of them couldn't, so that is why i say lucky.
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August 29, 2011 10:11:40 PM

I was looking at the charts for performance here on Tom's regarding 2011 GPU's and I see the 560ti beating the 6950
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August 29, 2011 10:13:25 PM

circulate said:
I was looking at the charts for performance here on Tom's regarding 2011 GPU's and I see the 560ti beating the 6950

Yeah, it really depends on what game you are playing.The hd6950 can unlock a lot though. Well, I think it is still more than a 50% chance, but not 98% like it used to be. You would need a reference card for that though. I would get a GTX 560 Ti if I were you.
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August 29, 2011 10:29:52 PM

I'd prefer to only OC very little in hopes to have my unit last 3-5 years.

That being said I like to play DotA2 (not out yet but ya) WoW, team fortress 2, bf3, and other RTS/FPS/MMORPG
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August 29, 2011 10:37:11 PM

I looked at them bud :)  Sware.

I saw the 250 dollar one too.

Like I said I thanked you.

My system specs are i5 2500k / 8 gigs ddr3 1333mhz / 600w psu / 1tb 7200rpm seagate / win7 pro 64bit / 32" LG led / razer naga / wireless 7.1 surround sound headset / my mothers name is Anna.

Sorry, too many details? :p 
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a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2011 12:40:06 AM

You need a 'dual-BIOS' HD69502GB -- you flash the second BIOS to HD6970 (some models have come out which are 'pre-flashed').

The good news is that the dual-BIOS reference cards are down to about $260 after rebate -- the bad news is they are all out of stock.



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August 30, 2011 2:30:43 AM

Wisecracker said:
You need a 'dual-BIOS' HD69502GB -- you flash the second BIOS to HD6970 (some models have come out which are 'pre-flashed').

The good news is that the dual-BIOS reference cards are down to about $260 after rebate -- the bad news is they are all out of stock.

http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww165/Back_at_the_Ranch/AMD%20Overlords/hd6950-powerup.jpg



What are you talking about the dual bios? I'm not sure what your talking about regarding flashing etc, please explain.
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a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2011 2:35:43 AM

Have you tried overclocking the GPU ? with good cooling the can get up to 800 MHZ yes even the 465 and with the extra cuda cores it really is pretty awesome, I've seen massive gains over the stock 607 MHZ core
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August 30, 2011 2:52:28 AM

Yea I will end up OCing but the g/f is getting my GPU I want a better one, then i can OC THAT!
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August 30, 2011 2:52:51 AM

i just wish there was a hands down winner :p 
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a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2011 3:48:48 PM

if you can get it to 800 mhz there is no point in upgrading to the 460 and if you want a 560 (non ti) its really pointless and minimal unless you got a sucker on the line for the 465
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a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2011 10:27:21 PM

circulate said:
What are you talking about the dual bios? I'm not sure what your talking about regarding flashing etc, please explain.


The original HD69502GB reference design simply had 2 BIOSs, the first being the standard, stock HD6950 video card.

The second could function as a backup to the first (in case it became corrupted or otherwise borked) or it could be 'loaded' or flashed with HD6970 instructions.

It is actually quite simple -- there are instructions all over the internets. The issue is finding the video card with the reference design - dual BIOSs. They are still out there but you have to look around.

The success rate is probably 100% - minus a very small Fail for sheer operator stupidity. And you really can't 'break' the card - you can simply revert back to the original HD6950 BIOS.

Even if you find one it looks a bit above your budget, anyway.

Just a heads up -- the rumors won't go away about some new Radeon 7xxx-series video cards coming out in Q4. HD69501GB cards (which are essentially as fast as the HD69502GB cards but can't be modded) are hitting the low $200s - which looks to be right down your alley.

And if you are patient, prices will continue to fall to move out that inventory before the 7xxx-series cards hit the street.
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September 7, 2011 9:51:00 PM

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January 27, 2012 1:09:19 PM

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