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Could my computer take advantage of a GTX 460?

ichy

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My current computer has an E6750 processor, 4GB of RAM and a GeForce 8800GTS video card. It hass served me well for several years, but I'm starting to get a bit of an upgrade itch. I don't want to drop a lot of money, but I'm thinking of getting a new video card in the near future. My two leading choices are a Radeon 5770 or a GeForce GTX 460. Would I see much of a meaningful benefit from that kind of an upgrade? I'm running two monitors, one at 1680x1050 and one at 1920x1080.
 

Tempered81

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IMO, a 460 is a good buy, even with the aging e6750. You could put a nice overclock on the 6750, and the 460 when you get it in. Core2Duo's are impressive CPUs - still today.

The higher the resolution the more use you'll get out of the videocard, independent of the cpu.
 

RussianSensation

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My current computer has an E6750 processor, 4GB of RAM and a GeForce 8800GTS video card. It hass served me well for several years, but I'm starting to get a bit of an upgrade itch. I don't want to drop a lot of money, but I'm thinking of getting a new video card in the near future. My two leading choices are a Radeon 5770 or a GeForce GTX 460. Would I see much of a meaningful benefit from that kind of an upgrade? I'm running two monitors, one at 1680x1050 and one at 1920x1080.
If you are going to be gaming at that resolution, overclock the E6750 processor a bit and grab an HD5870 for $170. You will be bottlenecked in some games that benefit from a quad-core CPU, but HD5870 is a lot faster than a GTX460 for not much more $. In games like Metro 2033, Crysis 1 and 2, F1 2010, it will smoke the 460.
 

Vdubchaos

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What he said ^^^

5870 at that price is by far the best bang for the buck.

PS. Make sure you have a good PS to accommodate.
 

rockyjohn

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The HD 5870 is a good card at $170 and XFX is one of the better brands.

If you don't want to spend quite that much,
I recommend the GTX 460 768MB card. It is a solid card that can be found at a discount right now because it is being replaced by the GTX 550 Ti, but the new card is slower. The 768MB version of the GTX 460 is only slightly slower than the 1GB version, but costs substantially less. See the slight performance difference in this article:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-gf104-fermi,2684.html

Note that on the THG Best Card for the Money article linked below, the GTX 460 1 GB is one of the cards recommended at the $200 price level. This card is almost as fast and as shown in the review above, and costs quite a bit less..

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-graphics-card-geforce-gtx-590-radeon-hd-6990,2879.html

For a specific card, I recommend the MSI Twin Frozr because of its effective but quiet heatsink/fan, factory overclock, and good price – only $130 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127519&cm_re=gtx_460_768mb-_-14-127-519-_-Product

The GTX 460 is slower that the HD 5870, as shown in the chart linked below - only you can decide if the higher performance of the HD 5870 is worth the higher price for you.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2010-gaming-graphics-charts-high-quality/compare,2457.html?prod[4555]=on&prod[4511]=on&prod[4515]=on


You can find information about and links to more video card reviews at:

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Denithor

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I would OC the e6750, pass on upgrading to a C2Q though. I'd move to a SB setup before doing that...

5870 and GTX 460 are both excellent suggestions for your upgrade versus the current 8800GTS, you will definitely see significant improvements, at both resolutions. Go with a 1GB card if you game much on the 1080p screen.
 

Burticus

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The GTX 460 768mb is a good choice. Several options under $130 after rebate on Newegg. Fry's frequently has the Galaxy ones on sale after rebate for $100 or less. Microcenter has a Sparkle for $110 after rebate.
 

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