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$100-200 Upgrade from GTX 460 768mb

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June 26, 2012 7:04:53 PM

As stated, im looking for a decent upgrade from my GTX 460 768mb card I purchased at the end of 2010. So far its been a nice beefy little card but I always regretted not getting the 1gb version (25inch monitor). So lately ive been deciding on what to get thats in the $100-200 possibly $250 range thats a good upgrade for 1080p gaming. Mostly just playing BF3 and Diablo 3 atm, but im looking towards upgrading little bits of my PC throughout the year (waiting for C&C Generals 2).

Ive been looking towards getting an AMD card like the 7850, since my rig runs on an amd chip/mobo for possible future crossfire. Ive also been reading and waiting for the GTX660ti whenever it comes out, I dont really mind waiting for it if its reasonably priced.

Any suggestions? All comments on cards not mentioned are welcomed.



Specs:
AMD Phenom II X4 965BE
ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm CPU Cooler
Asus M4A89GTD Pro/USB3
8gb(2x4) 1600 Mushkin Enhanced Blackline
750W Thermaltake SMART M Series
EVGA GTX 460 768mb
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June 26, 2012 8:24:31 PM

I doubt you would need more graphics power for C&C, it really just depends on if you are satisfied with your current BF3 performance. The 7850 is a nice card as an upgrade tho.
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June 26, 2012 8:55:37 PM

spartanmk2 said:
As stated, im looking for a decent upgrade from my GTX 460 768mb card I purchased at the end of 2010. So far its been a nice beefy little card but I always regretted not getting the 1gb version (25inch monitor). So lately ive been deciding on what to get thats in the $100-200 possibly $250 range thats a good upgrade for 1080p gaming. Mostly just playing BF3 and Diablo 3 atm, but im looking towards upgrading little bits of my PC throughout the year (waiting for C&C Generals 2).

Ive been looking towards getting an AMD card like the 7850, since my rig runs on an amd chip/mobo for possible future crossfire. Ive also been reading and waiting for the GTX660ti whenever it comes out, I dont really mine waiting for it if its reasonably priced.

Any suggestions? All comments on cards not mentioned are welcomed.


The Gtx 480 is $200 and can be overclocked past Gtx 580 levels. Actually Recon-Uk has his at 7950 level.

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

The only bad thing about this card is the heat and power it produces
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June 26, 2012 9:50:49 PM

My BF3 performance is in pretty good shape with mixed settings of high/ultra at 1600x1200, ~55fps w/ HBAO off. At 1080p resolution using the same settings it'll bog down to ~30-40ish.

I mostly would like one of the newer cards that have a minimum of 1gb so the games i do play at 1900x1200 dont stutter and skip now and then at max settings, keen on power consumption and heat would weigh on my decision as well. The GTX 480 would be a good choice, except like you mentioned, maxh22, heat and power consumption are a little high for me :( 

Since AMD has some of the 7xxx series cards priced a little higher than the cards they were meant to replace, would waiting for the gtx660ti be prudent and then either grabbing that or the 7850 if/when the price drops?
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June 26, 2012 10:24:46 PM

It is not a bad card. I'd try FXAA based drivers 1st and see how you like that. The 460 is basically a 560 that is not OC as much.

Too see a meaningful jump you would best be served with a 7850 but can also look at the gtx 480. Both can OC well but the 7850 runs cooler. The 480 is a hot and able card w/ good drivers.

My vote goes to the 7850 but I'd love to have a gtx 480 in place rather than my 560 sli set up.
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June 26, 2012 11:03:21 PM

spartanmk2 said:
My BF3 performance is in pretty good shape with mixed settings of high/ultra at 1600x1200, ~55fps w/ HBAO off. At 1080p resolution using the same settings it'll bog down to ~30-40ish.

I mostly would like one of the newer cards that have a minimum of 1gb so the games i do play at 1900x1200 dont stutter and skip now and then at max settings, keen on power consumption and heat would weigh on my decision as well. The GTX 480 would be a good choice, except like you mentioned, maxh22, heat and power consumption are a little high for me :( 

Since AMD has some of the 7xxx series cards priced a little higher than the cards they were meant to replace, would waiting for the gtx660ti be prudent and then either grabbing that or the 7850 if/when the price drops?


You shouldn't wait for something that doesn't exist yet.

i suggest you save up and buy yourself a gtx 670, It's a very intelligent purchase :D 

P.S the gtx 480 has 1.5 GB's of memory
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June 26, 2012 11:48:12 PM

I think the GTX 660 is going to come out at $299; the only thing it might do is push the AMD prices down. According to rumors however, the 660 is supposed to match 7950 performance.
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June 26, 2012 11:58:11 PM

Ironslice said:
I think the GTX 660 is going to come out at $299; the only thing it might do is push the AMD prices down. According to rumors however, the 660 is supposed to match 7950 performance.


with 1.5 gb memory i doubt it will be as good as a 7950 since a gtx 670 is slightly better than a 7950
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June 27, 2012 1:14:59 AM

Is there anything out there in the $100-200 range that will have a noticeable power increase (fps) over my current gpu? I never really spent more than 250 ever on a gpu, my first big purchase was a FX5900 (130nm baby! lol) back in 2003 then a GTX 7800 which lasted me until the end of 2010 when I bought my current 460. More or less I just want to see if there's something out there in this price range that is far more powerful than my 460.

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June 27, 2012 2:29:38 AM

GTX 480 :)  ^ ^ ^
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June 28, 2012 4:34:07 PM

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June 28, 2012 5:51:22 PM

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