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Graphic card upgrade ($200-$250)

Hello all,

I'm looking to upgrade my graphics cards setup sometime soon and I was wondering what would be the best possible setup for my current PC configuration (see signature).

I currently have an AMD Phenom II X4 955 overclocked to 4.0Ghz on an ASUS SLI motherboard.
I have read that the MOST than the phenom can handle without bottle-necking would be two GTX460s in SLI... so I was hoping to get some confirmation and opinions about this.

The cheapest GTX460 (v2) I can find is this one for $135 - $20MIR...
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=66804&vpn=01G-P3-1363-KR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1067

Thanks,
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  1. Best answer
    I would get one good card rather than two mid range cards. i would get a 7000 series or something like the 480, keep in mind that the 480 is super hot so it depends on air flow.
  2. Wait for the Gefoce GTX660.
  3. 2fast4thetown_down said:
    I would get one good card rather than two mid range cards. i would get a 7000 series or something like the 480, keep in mind that the 480 is super hot so it depends on air flow.



    I know what you mean..

    Within the budget, at most, I can fit in a HD7850, GTX480... GTX570.
    Wouldn't GTX460s in SLI be more powerful than any of those?

    I don't mind a little extra power consumption.
    Heat / noise has a been thoroughly controlled in my case with with Antec Kuhler, as well as six new case fans + fan controller. Airflow is pretty good in my case atm.
  4. Patflute said:
    Wait for the Gefoce GTX660.


    Definitely something to watch out for.. I hope the pricing is not too harsh.

    I'm just looking to get a perfectly (well, as realistically as possible) balanced rig with CPU/GPU power, within the budget range.
  5. rex000 said:



    From my own experience 2 6850's in CF are equal to a Gtx 580, people usually put the 6850/460 1gb in the same range of performance so it should hold true for the 460's.


    BUT it comes at a price:

    You need to wait when new games are released for the profiles/drivers. Some people also get "stuttering".


    I myself have never seen it, but other people seem to.

    To me the downsides are negligible in comparison to the savings: You get gtx 580 performance for cheap.
  6. I would look into the 7850, amazing card.
  7. maxalge said:
    From my own experience 2 6850's in CF are equal to a Gtx 580, people usually put the 6850/460 1gb in the same range of performance so it should hold true for the 460's.


    BUT it comes at a price:

    You need to wait when new games are released for the profiles/drivers. Some people also get "stuttering".


    I myself have never seen it, but other people seem to.

    To me the downsides are negligible in comparison to the savings: You get gtx 580 performance for cheap.


    Yes, I agree completely. That is exactly why I decided to buy an SLI (x8/x8) motherboard in the first place. I think it would be a waste not to use the feature. The benefits of having 2 mid-range cards, which parallel the performance of a high-end card, but for a fraction of the cost (I think I'd be saving about $100 since GTX580s can be as low as $330) .

    http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=67644&vpn=58NLH5DI5TXX&manufacture=Galaxy%20Technology&promoid=1027

    Actually, NCIX just had a sale where the EVGA GTX670 FTW was like $340 making ^ not a good deal at all.


    Just to re-iterate the cons to SLI which you've already mentioned:
    - Heat/Noise
    - Power Consumption
    - Driver profile updates
    - "Micro-stuttering" ... or not.
    * Did I miss anything?

    Is that worth $100 in savings? I think I can deal with it.

    Does anyone know where I can buy GTX460s for even cheaper? ><"
    I'd be extremely grateful if someone would help a fellow forum-er!
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