So my Radeon HD 4870 is on the fritz (constant artifacting and instability) and I'm looking to replace it. Trouble is my system is somewhat dated so I'm kind of hesitant to just simply choose any card since I'm kind of worried about bottle necking. I was thinking of getting the GTX 460 card but I'm still looking for some feedback or alternative suggestions. What do you think? My system specs are shown below:
There is a known issue with the nForce 400 and 500 series chipset motherboards and Radeon 5000 and 6000 series cards. The motherboard will refuse to post and it seems as if Asus has not released a bios revision to remedy this problem for this particular motherboard (and will likely never do so considering the age of the mobo). Could you possibly recommend an alternative card?
I'm not really to enthused about building a system from scratch. All I really want to play right now is Skyrim and some Starcraft II (both of which ran perfectly fine before my video card busted). Not really a hardcore gamer or anything so if I could squeeze out a few more years from this system ill be happy
That looks like a good deal on the card. However, I'm worried that other parts of your system will die sooner rather than later (i.e. bad caps on motherboard, PSU dying) due to it's age and you would have to end up upgrading anyway or rebuilding from scratch).