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.
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.
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) .