Usage: Primarily gaming: Most notably in the future are WoW, Diablo III, SC2, and SWTOR. Would like to play all of these at a high level and keep this card running games at a high level for a good number of years (my current nVidia GT7600 has lasted me 5+ years).
Minor Usage: Occasional Video Copying & Editing (Pinnacle)
Relevant System Specs (new build)
CASE: Thermaltake Soprano (already have)
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor [$205]
HEATSINK/FAN: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus [$30]
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) [$33]
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified [$62]
(is this worth $10 over Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified [$50] )
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WDBAAZ0010HNC-NRSN 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive [$95] (already have)
Optical Drives: Lite-On or Sony Optiarc DVD 24X SATA DVD+/-RW (does it matter which?) [$45]
Parts Preference: nVidia for this build . Slight lean towards EVGA due to previous good experience - reliability and customer service is important
Overclocking: Maybe - probably won't need to do much beyond factory overclock settings
SLI: Probably Not
Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 1200 currently - never been able to effectively run higher, so unsure if it's desired
Additional Comments: Was debating a Z68 motherboard, but concerned about compatibility with the GTX 460 GPU, so my option list below contains a graphics card+mobo combo. Leaning more heavily towards the ASUS P67 now regardless, so this may be a non-issue.
The two main graphics cards / motherboards that I am looking at are:
ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS [$135]
(as I have heard some compatibility issues regarding the motherboard in option 2 with the GTX 460)
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard [$150]
(The price point for this Gigabyte Z68 is impressive, though the board strikes me as essentially their old P67 with a different NorthBridge Chipset - I won't have an SSD, so I wouldn't be taking advantage of that caching feature ... so is there any real benefit to this Z68 considering the no onboard video, etc.?)
Thank you to all for taking the time to review and provide comments - as a new dad on a budget who still enjoys gaming (and is in desperate need of a new rig!) I appreciate the time and advice!
They will both work at that resolution quite well , the 560ti is a much better card, and as a new dad on a limited budget as well, it is better to spend the extra money if you have it on a better card rather than wishing you could turn up the settings
I really appreciate that response as I've had a lot of difficulty tracking down success stories with people using the GTX 460 along with a Z68 motherboard.
That said I'm totally contradicting myself and going with the GTX 560 Ti (for the investment value as you and many others have mentioned, (as I'm looking for a long term GPU), and also probably going with the ASUS P67 just as the Z68 doesn't seem to really offer me any benefits the more I really stare at it.
Probably a little bit of brand loyalty going on with the ASUS, but there's a lot to be said for having continued good experiences!