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GTX 460, 550 Ti, or other that is best my build and budget

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March 21, 2012 12:38:15 AM

I have around $150 to spend on a new video card for my computer. I have limited my search down to 2 models of the GTX 460 and one model of the GTX 550 Ti. Here are the 3 cards. And an AMD card is not an option.

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

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

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

I heard that the GTX 460 is faster and a better. So what I am wondering, which of the 2 GTX 460s will perform best? Will the Super Clocked model's speed beat the other card's 256-bit memory interface? I am also not going to be overclocking much on these cards.

Here are the games I play and plan to play.

Roller Coaster Tycoon 3
No Limits Coaster 1.8
Deus Ex Human Revolution
Minecraft
Need for Speed World
Team Fortress 2
And some Call of Duty titles

Also, should I avoid these cards due to my older hardware? This is my build.

Core 2 Duo E6750 2.6 Ghz
4GB DDR2 400Mhz
475 Watt power supply
512MB GeForce 8400GS video card
Dell 1280x1024 CRT Display via VGA
HannSpree 1920x1080 via DVI (just in case my CRT breaks. I tend to browse in Chrome on one and in Internet Explorer on the other)

I use my Dell display as my primary because it has the fastest refresh rate and because I don't need a very high resolution.

My other question is, will my build heavily bottleneck my new video card?(I can over clock my RAM and CPU a bit.) And, will I need a more powerful PSU? My PC has 2 video card lanes, so I could hook up my 8400GS and my new card if I had the power.
March 21, 2012 12:51:24 AM

they are all good cards but i wouldn't recommend one with less than 2gb of vram and yes your cpu and ram will bottleneck you a bit but you should still see a massive performance boost...i reccomend this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but look into getting faster ram (at least 800mhz) and eventually overclock your cpu but only if you need to...
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a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2012 12:54:26 AM

Hello.

The last one will perform best:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is the good gtx460 that you can find on benchies. Also this model from EVGA comes with faster clock 720Mhz (vs 675 ref).

Your cpu would probably bottleneck some games which are cpu intensive but you will not have problems with console ports and gpu intensive games.

Also your psu should be enough. Your pc shouldnt require more than 400watt.
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a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2012 1:50:23 AM

Get the GTX 460 and make sure it's the 256 bit bus model. They are awesome in SLI but you need a larger PSU for that and they would outrun your current setup anyway.
You don't need 2GB VRAM on a monitor not larger than 1920x1080.
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a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2012 1:55:31 AM

toepickles! A 550Ti isn't even a respectable gaming card regardless of how much VRAM it has...
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March 21, 2012 2:40:28 AM

DelroyMonjo said:
Get the GTX 460 and make sure it's the 256 bit bus model. They are awesome in SLI but you need a larger PSU for that and they would outrun your current setup anyway.
You don't need 2GB VRAM on a monitor not larger than 1920x1080.


Thanks! I plan to buy the 256 bit model. I am guessing that it will consume less power with lower clock speeds. If I want, I can overclock it with the EVGA precision tool. Will I be able to play almost all games at at least medium settings at 1280x1024 with this card? I want to be ready for Black Ops 2 this November.
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March 21, 2012 3:20:37 AM

Probably so. But if there is any chance of using my old card as well, I have to use a geforce card due to driver compatibility. I also like the geforce drivers more than the radeon drivers. Plus, buying an EVGA nvidia card guarantees that there is good overclocking software for my cards. Like the EVGA precision.
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March 21, 2012 4:19:27 AM

You should wait until NVidia's 600 series w/ Kepler drops in like two weeks. Then pick up a 6870 for $120. It's markedly stronger better than the GTX 460. And don't get your 460's confused (1GB, 768MB, SE).

Don't worry about the vendor for your cards as you'll probably want to use MSI Afterburner for anyone you get (similar to EVGA Precision, I think). Remove the 8400GS from your machine.

How many Amps are on the +12V rail of your PSU. If it's a bad one, it's not providing 475W. You may do well to just buy a $16 Corsair CX430.
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a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2012 5:01:53 AM

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You will never see the 6870 @ $120 even after rebates 6870 will stay @ $145 after rebates until they pull the plug on it and call it EOL however 6850 you will see at around $120 after rebates.
You really have no way to substantiate that claim. GTX 570's are going for $250 now. The 5770 was released at $150 and is now regularly at $80. There's no reason a card that has been at $140 the last several months couldn't drop to $120 when Kepler drops.

EDIT: I agree with Loops--don't get the 550Ti. 6850, GTX 560, GTX 460 1GB, used GTX 560Ti--they're all better choices.
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a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2012 6:09:23 AM

Where do I find this mythical $250.00 570?
Also, OP ruled out Radeon cards. I won't buy one either unless they are cheaper, faster and more reliable than my EVGA Nvidia cards.
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a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2012 6:24:49 AM

DM186. 550Ti for strategy games? Not if you play Shogun2 or Civ5. Those non-shooter games will chew up and spit out a 550Ti on a HD monitor. Lag is bad even in a strategy type game.
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a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2012 8:21:19 AM

buy NV GTX 460>GTX 550 Ti or AMD 6850>7750 OC~
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March 21, 2012 10:13:31 PM

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Haliburton, you're doing a lot of taunting when you really don't know what you're talking about. Seriously, go ahead and explain what's wrong with slickdeals? All it is is a place where people post good prices and discuss the product. And considering your "Apprentice" status, I'm not inclined to trust your word until you start providing links instead of your "experience" to validate your statements.

Newegg had the GTX 570 for $250, and I just proved your Never Never Land comment was B.S. so let's quit with the taunting and try to focus on useful comments based on factual information.
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a c 255 U Graphics card
March 23, 2012 5:46:21 AM

+1 For Slickdeals. Awesome site. Saved thousands of dollars on all kinds of things over the years by visiting that site everyday.
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March 23, 2012 11:02:33 PM

DelroyMonjo said:
DM186. 550Ti for strategy games? Not if you play Shogun2 or Civ5. Those non-shooter games will chew up and spit out a 550Ti on a HD monitor. Lag is bad even in a strategy type game.



Hey I play Shogun 2 just about eveyday and I get 60 fps and above with every thing on and running ultra I do not have any problems what so ever on that game. :D  I can't say about Civ5. I have never played.

I have every Total war game out as well as the Age of Empires games. The only problem with AOE III is my rig will not play at all. But my dell with a i3 and GT 430 will attempt to play it.

I think you did not see that I have two cards and they are in SLI plus they are OC'd also. I think you were refering to a single card. I could not answer that because I have not tried.
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a b U Graphics card
March 25, 2012 11:01:28 PM

OP, I'm closing this tab in my browser. PM me if you come back.
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March 26, 2012 2:59:52 AM

Can u name ur PSU
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March 26, 2012 4:27:08 AM

I am not quite sure of the model or even the manufacturer. What I do know is that it claims that produce 475 watts of power, has one 6-pin pci-e connector, a couple molex, and at least 4 SATA. I also checked for power on some wattage calculator and I should have at least 30 watts to spare.
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March 27, 2012 3:27:51 AM

Do you know what the amps are on the 12v rail on your PSU? As you know there should be a sticker on there that tells you all about the load input voltage and out put wattage.
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March 31, 2012 1:01:07 AM

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March 31, 2012 6:14:44 AM

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