Gtx 460

I am looking to upgrade to a i5 2500k in 2 weeks do you think the gtx 460 is still a capable gaming card. I want to upgrade my gpu but only when i used up my gtx 460 or should i upgrade now. Also do you think my amd athlon x4 635 bottlenecks my gtx 460. I play at 1920x1080. What diffrence in gaming will the 2500k bring.

System
Cpu amd athlon x4 635@ 2.9
Ram 4 gigs DDR3
GPU GTX 460 1G Cylcone
OS Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate.
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  1. If you want a really worthwhile upgrade, I suggest waiting a bit more to see what Kepler has to offer. Until then, the GTX460 will do a good job. If you plan to upgrade now, there will be no point, because the Kepler GTX660 will probably be a hell of a lot more powerful than its previous generation equivalents.
  2. Quote:
    A cheap upgrade would be the next step up in the 400 series.
    EVGA GTX 480:
    These are going cheap and have 570 performance:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759


    I'm sorry... :lol: Going to get one for my frying/cooking food experiment :)
  3. I'm not a hardcore gamer but my GTX460 1GB at 840-1680-2000 and 2600K at 4.5Ghz allows me to pretty much max the games I do play. Skyrim, Deus Ex, Fallout 3/NV, Dragon Age Origins/2, Far Cry 2 ect. I dont really play FPS games though and I'm sure for something like Battlefield 3 I would need an upgrade. As is I'm waiting for the GTX 660 or 670 or whatever they are calling the GTX 560 Ti replacement.
  4. I'd hold out to see what the 600 series has in stored and their prices, or just buy a 6870/7850 depending on your budget.
  5. If your motherboard is SLI capable, a 2nd 460 can be had for $120 now
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127646

    Another cheap option, if you have a PSU with a strong +12v and don't mind giving up Directx11 - there's some new 4870x2's on Amazon for $175
    http://www.amazon.com/ATI-Radeon-HD-4870-PCI-Express/dp/B0068OHBYU/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1335248729&sr=1-2

    It's only a DX 10.1 card (i.e. *some* features of DX11), but as far as performance, it matches a GTX 570 (or HD 6970), which will run you around $280.
  6. His 460 is the 256bit version. That one will bottleneck performance.
  7. amuffin said:
    His 460 is the 256bit version. That one will bottleneck performance.


    Thanks for catching that. SLI will cost you $180, then.
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N460GTX-OC-Overclocked-Graphics/dp/B003VWW4AI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335250909&sr=8-1

    Not really worth it, imo.
  8. Before the card wars get TOO much out of hand....what is your budget?
  9. auntarie said:
    If you want a really worthwhile upgrade, I suggest waiting a bit more to see what Kepler has to offer. Until then, the GTX460 will do a good job. If you plan to upgrade now, there will be no point, because the Kepler GTX660 will probably be a hell of a lot more powerful than its previous generation equivalents.



    I think i will wait a bit and to find out how kepler performes. How well does the gtx 460 and core i5 2500k run skyrim on 1080p. I am looking on buying the game with the upgrade
  10. GTX400 series cards do run hot - wait or go with HD7870/50 for great efficient performance.
    -Bruce
  11. torres said:
    I think i will wait a bit and to find out how kepler performes. How well does the gtx 460 and core i5 2500k run skyrim on 1080p. I am looking on buying the game with the upgrade


    GTX460 and 2500k bode well with each other. As for performance, take a look at this chart:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/skyrim-performance-benchmark,3074-6.html

    It's pretty good in my opinion, but I consider everything above 35 fps great. It comes down to personal taste.
    Also, please note that this is on ultra with 4xMSAA. You can always turn something down, like, for example AntiAliasing to get better frames for the same look. (again, I don't see a difference, could be different with you)

    Hope it helps!
  12. Thanks i will wait for the gtx 660 ti ro come if it comes out.
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