Upgrading from GTX 460 1GB as part of a large overhaul, $300 budget

Hi, all

I've never posted here before and I feel like a leech only posting when I have advice but hopefully I'll be able to contribute in the future. Using the template:

My current setup is as follows

MSI 870-645 AM3 Motherboard
AMD Phenom 2 X4 955 Black Edition
8 GB Kingston HyperX @ 1600 mhz (a speed I can't even use, running the sticks at 1333 right now)
Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB (
OCZ 700 Watt PSU

I'm upgrading (99% sure) to an i5 3570K and this Gigabyte motherboard ( I've been wanting to update for a while as I'd like to get USB 3 and SATA3 (I have an SSD for my OS/program files).

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.

GPUs I'm currently considering are:

Gigabyte GV-N66TWF2-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB (

GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB (

and (a little out of my price range, but if it's worth it I'd definitely consider it)

GIGABYTE GV-R795WF3-3GD Radeon HD 7950 3GB (

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.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. 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.,3279-17.html
  2. Thanks!

    What do you think if I plan to just stay at 1680x1050?

    GTX 670 looks great, but $400 is a little pricey considering I'd have to get a 1920x1200 panel too to actually take advantage of it.
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    If you aren't getting the hi res monitor, the GTX 660 Ti is a great choice. The 7870 GHz is also an excellent choice. At that resolution it's more a personal preference.
  4. Cool. I'll have to think about it. 660ti is very appealing as I planned on buying borderlands 2 anyway, and makes the effective price of the card $240 which isn't bad
  5. There you go! Smart shopping!
  6. Best answer selected by mjn298.
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