The 460 has been solid (spectacular 2 years ago, solid in the past year) but really struggles on Skyrim w/ the HD pack and other graphical mods on High at 1680x1050. This has encouraged me to seek a GPU upgrade.
I'd like to buy this card in the next month or so (but I will consider pulling the trigger now or holding off if there's a compelling reason to).
The computer's performance task is gaming, several Source engine games, Deus Ex HR, Civ 5, Starcraft 2 but most importantly, Skyrim.
I prefer to buy from newegg, and I've had good experiences with Gigabyte GPUs but I don't particularly care.
I might OC a little bit and I definitely will not SLI/Crossfire.
It's unlikely that I'll ever run more than one display off this card - I may eventually upgrade to a 1920x1200 display but it's not a priority at all right now.
I'd also like a card that isn't particularly loud.
Basically I want to know what would let me run Skyrim modded out on high/ultra at 1050 resolution. If you think it's a CPU issue and just the CPU upgrade will resolve it, that would be cool too. I'm not married to the idea of upgrading the graphics as the 460 has had no malfunctions or anything.
According to Tom's a review of the 660 TI, the card is about 5% slower then the Radeon HD 7870, and much slower then the 7950. This is mostly due to the card not having as much memory bandwidth as either Radeon card, 33% less then the 7870 and half that of the 7950.
The GTX 670 is pretty much the go to recommendation for graphics card in terms of bang for buck. The 7950 is a still a very good choice, especially given it's high overclocking headroom. If you want to game at 1920 x 1200 and want to run AA and hi res textures, then the 7870 is probably the minimum I would choose. The 7950 and GTX 670 are slightly more highend, but still worthwhile choices.