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What to upgrade to from GTX 460?

Hello,

I currently have a GTX 460 1GB that is performing decently, giving me around 40-60 fps in high settings in Skyrim and 30-50 in Guild Wars 2.

BUT my biggest pet peeve in the world of gaming is bad anti-aliasing and with it maxed, these games take a major hit with the GTX 460.

If I turn on ENB in Skyrim, then I lost about 10fps.

I want to upgrade to something preferably under $200, that will allow me to max out AA or use whatever new AA is out there without losing much framerate and still play with at least 40fps

However, my current resolution is only 1600x900.

My PC is a Phenom quad core with 8GB RAM.
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    thexyad said:
    Hello,

    I currently have a GTX 460 1GB that is performing decently, giving me around 40-60 fps in high settings in Skyrim and 30-50 in Guild Wars 2.

    BUT my biggest pet peeve in the world of gaming is bad anti-aliasing and with it maxed, these games take a major hit with the GTX 460.

    If I turn on ENB in Skyrim, then I lost about 10fps.

    I want to upgrade to something preferably under $200, that will allow me to max out AA or use whatever new AA is out there without losing much framerate and still play with at least 40fps

    However, my current resolution is only 1600x900.

    My PC is a Phenom quad core with 8GB RAM.


    Hi, under 200 from ATI you could get the HD 7850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150609

    if you want to push your budget a little go for the HD 7870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404

    And from Nvidia the gtx 660: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500270
  2. Thanks for the reply! The first link doesn't work for me though. Is it a 1gb 7850 or a 2gb one?
  3. thexyad said:
    Thanks for the reply! The first link doesn't work for me though. Is it a 1gb 7850 or a 2gb one?


    here is another one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127663
  4. thexyad said:
    Hello,

    I currently have a GTX 460 1GB that is performing decently, giving me around 40-60 fps in high settings in Skyrim and 30-50 in Guild Wars 2.

    BUT my biggest pet peeve in the world of gaming is bad anti-aliasing and with it maxed, these games take a major hit with the GTX 460.

    If I turn on ENB in Skyrim, then I lost about 10fps.

    I want to upgrade to something preferably under $200, that will allow me to max out AA or use whatever new AA is out there without losing much framerate and still play with at least 40fps

    However, my current resolution is only 1600x900.

    My PC is a Phenom quad core with 8GB RAM.


    FPS in guild wars 2 won't change. I'm using a GTX 660 and getting exactly same FPS. It's poorly optimized so you won't see much performance gain.

    GTX 660 offers way better performance in Skyrim though. I'm playing skyrim at about 80 FPS at 1080p at ultra settings with HD texture packs and with 12 Graphics enhancements enabled.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/660?vs=542 Here is a Little comparison so you'll get the idea. ;)
  5. Any of those cards will do you well.
  6. I would go with this below as it overclocks well & quiet.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127688


    You may want to read this on that XFX card.

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2247978
  7. So I went with 7850 2GB. Spent three hours trying to get AA to work. Absolutely nothing works and I'm no newbie. At least the Nvidia made it all smooth and silky at an fps cost. This card simply doesn't want to change any jaggies beyond what the game itself does. And I hate FXAA or SMAA.

    It's going back to the store tomorrow. :(

    I think I'll have to stick with nVidia...
  8. Best answer selected by thexyad.
  9. I ended up getting this one instead. Hopefully it will be good enough for a few years. :)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121660
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