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i've had a couple posts about GTX 460 series in this thread already.
the first thread i came up with a conclusion to buy the MSI Hawk Talon Attack
but that card has sadly sold out on newegg and is out of stock, it looks highly unlikely to be restocked by newegg.

from my understandings, the MSI Hawk Talon was the most liked card for the GTX 460 series. is there any card that follows right behind it?

was wondering if this card performs just as well as the Hawk Talon?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127518

Gigabyte GTX 460's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125345
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125352

Asus GTX 460's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121420

my budget is $150 - $200 for now, and i will be purchasing a 2nd card a couple months after i buy the 1st one.
about $300 - $400 for an SLI or Crossfire setup. both after MIR final price.


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id get msi personally. better cooling. not much differance other than that.
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the MSI would give you the best cooling, which in turn gives you the best OCing potential.

oh, and unless i am mistaken, the talon and the twin frozer II have the same coolers...i think the VRMs are the biggest difference.
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In that price range, why not go for a 470?
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I have the Gigabyte version. It is really silent. I don't hear it while gaming and I have the fans at 100%. In furmark it doesn't go over 72 C and my ambiental temp is quite high, about 30 C.
I haven't done any overclocking yet coz I don't really trust my PSU. However, I know people run it at 850 MHz at stock volts.

Keep in mind that u can't SLI on 890 chipset. U need to upgrade to the 900 series.
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In that price range, why not go for a 470?
any GTX 470 you would suggest?

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the MSI would give you the best cooling, which in turn gives you the best OCing potential.

oh, and unless i am mistaken, the talon and the twin frozer II have the same coolers...i think the VRMs are the biggest difference.
both sold out on newegg , and doesnt look like it'll be coming back ):

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I have the Gigabyte version. It is really silent. I don't hear it while gaming and I have the fans at 100%. In furmark it doesn't go over 72 C and my ambiental temp is quite high, about 30 C.
I haven't done any overclocking yet coz I don't really trust my PSU. However, I know people run it at 850 MHz at stock volts.

Keep in mind that u can't SLI on 890 chipset. U need to upgrade to the 900 series.
oh .. didnt know i couldn't SLI on a 890 . bummer. not even with a hacked driver? looks like im looking towards ATI . or spend about $400 on a power card. how is your GPU performing in certain games on your board?
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Open box 560 Ti would rock your world with your current budget.

I will state that you should avoid a 560 non Ti at full price, it's a waste of money compared to a 460.
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Open box 560 Ti would rock your world with your current budget.

I will state that you should avoid a 560 non Ti at full price, it's a waste of money compared to a 460.
difference between GTX 560 vs GTX 560 Ti ?

GTX 560 is under $200 . doesn't the GTX 460 perform just about the same as the GTX 560 ? the GTX 560 Ti's are about $50-60 more.

if I can't SLI , with a driver hack. i would consider a powerhouse card i suppose. not ridiculous like $500 though.

would crossfireX-ing 2x6870 be able to handle BF3 so-to-say on High/Max Settings? how does it handle Crysis 2 or BC2 ?

how are these 2 6870's . considering MSI have better cooling
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127560
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127545
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Get the EVGA 460 the have a $40 mail in rebate
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difference between GTX 560 vs GTX 560 Ti ?

GTX 560 is under $200 . doesn't the GTX 460 perform just about the same as the GTX 560 ? the GTX 560 Ti's are about $50-60 more.

if I can't SLI , with a driver hack. i would consider a powerhouse card i suppose. not ridiculous like $500 though.

would crossfireX-ing 2x6870 be able to handle BF3 so-to-say on High/Max Settings? how does it handle Crysis 2 or BC2 ?

how are these 2 6870's . considering MSI have better cooling
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127560
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127545
The 560 (non ti) is basically a rebranded 460. Just comes with faster stock clock speeds.

http://www.overclock.net/video/10550...155-cheap.html

Something like that would be the fastest card in your price range.
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