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Hey all
So I currently have a GTX460 in my sig rig but I feel like it's beginning to struggle but it could just be me being silly and trying to find an excuse to buy a new graphics card.
So I was wondering considering I have recently (4 months ago) updated my system significantly, should I upgrade to a newer card (I was looking at the GTX680) and what should I get? I can go up to £400 maybe a bit higher.
Here's the GTX680 I was looking at: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-194-EA
Thanks and Merry Christmas,
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Edit @ 23:34 GMT: I would prefer to not have an AMD card. Personal preference, no real reason why.

While the 460GTX is an awesome card card its day's are numbered. I'm about to move my 6950 to the back up rig(replacing the 460 that's in it) and move to a larger card myself. I would do it.

I will say there is nothing wrong with nvidia cards but you should try to get some first hand experiance with AMD cards before ruling them out. In my sig rig I backed out of a 570 last second for my toxic. No real reason why just felt like the right thing to do. Have not regretted it once! Good luck
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I went from two 2GB overclocked 460 GTX's in SLI to one 670 and even that was quite a jump in performance. So I imagine your upgrade will be a staggering difference. I went from being able to practically max out all games without high levels of AA to now being able to definitely max out all games with high levels of AA @ 1080p. The general playing experience is smoother than on my 460's and the 670 is much quieter. Definitely a worthwhile upgrade (and of course sets me up for SLI 670's; which means maxing out games for the next couple of years)

However here's a few things for you to consider, since you can only get one card, because you own a ridiculous heatsink that doesn't allow you to utilize two cards rolleyes.gif. Being limited to a single card solution means that your options are limited. You say you don't want to go with an AMD card, but you are still considering a 680. This is the thing, for the price you pay (even in the UK) for a single 680 you can get yourself a Sapphire 7970 GHz Edition, the fastest single card out there. The only other card that really can come close to a GHz Ed. 7970 is a nicely overclock MSI 680 Lightning, except that's a whole $100 more than the GHz Ed.

Point I'm trying to make here, is an EVGA FTW 680 or a Gigabyte 680 will still be a huge jump in performance from where you are at now. It will also be able to max out nearly every game that is out too. It's just that for the same amount of money you can get a card that is better. If that doesn't really bother you that for the same amount of money you can get a card that gives you more FPS with more eye candy, then by all means go with the 680 or 670.

Also, I noticed you were looking at the 4GB variation of the 680. Which is really only needed if you are gaming @ above 1080p resolution (1200p, 1440p, 1600p). Otherwise a 2GB card will be more than enough for most instances.
Edited by BiG StroOnZ - 12/25/12 at 4:10pm
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While the 460GTX is an awesome card card its day's are numbered. I'm about to move my 6950 to the back up rig(replacing the 460 that's in it) and move to a larger card myself. I would do it.
I will say there is nothing wrong with nvidia cards but you should try to get some first hand experiance with AMD cards before ruling them out. In my sig rig I backed out of a 570 last second for my toxic. No real reason why just felt like the right thing to do. Have not regretted it once! Good luck

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I went from two 2GB overclocked 460 GTX's in SLI to one 670 and even that was quite a jump in performance. So I imagine your upgrade will be a staggering difference. I went from being able to practically max out all games without high levels of AA to now being able to definitely max out all games with high levels of AA @ 1080p. The general playing experience is smoother than on my 460's and the 670 is much quieter. Definitely a worthwhile upgrade (and of course sets me up for SLI 670's; which means maxing out games for the next couple of years)
However here's a few things for you to consider, since you can only get one card, because you own a ridiculous heatsink that doesn't allow you to utilize two cards rolleyes.gif. Being limited to a single card solution means that your options are limited. You say you don't want to go with an AMD card, but you are still considering a 680. This is the thing, for the price you pay (even in the UK) for a single 680 you can get yourself a Sapphire 7970 GHz Edition, the fastest single card out there. The only other card that really can come close to a GHz Ed. 7970 is a nicely overclock MSI 680 Lightning, except that's a whole $100 more than the GHz Ed.
Point I'm trying to make here, is an EVGA FTW 680 or a Gigabyte 680 will still be a huge jump in performance from where you are at now. It will also be able to max out nearly every game that is out too. It's just that for the same amount of money you can get a card that is better. If that doesn't really bother you that for the same amount of money you can get a card that gives you more FPS with more eye candy, then by all means go with the 680 or 670.
Also, I noticed you were looking at the 4GB variation of the 680. Which is really only needed if you are gaming @ above 1080p resolution (1200p, 1440p, 1600p). Otherwise a 2GB card will be more than enough for most instances.
I honestly didn't notice the VRAM, 4GB is a slight overkill for my set up (dual monitors: one at 1080p and other at 1050p).

As for not wanting to go for an AMD card, I'm simply too stubborn and unable to remove myself from my high horse to consider it, sorry.

I agree with KhaoticKomputing that the GTX460's days are numbered - heck it's been a fantastic card and has served me well since I got it (25 Oct, 2010).

That EVGA Classified GTX680 is out of my price range so I was sort of fantasising over owning it and I'll probably go for a much cheaper one or even a 660 or 670 IF the 700 series isn't worth the wait (come to think of it, I won't know until I've waited and they're released).
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I honestly didn't notice the VRAM, 4GB is a slight overkill for my set up (dual monitors: one at 1080p and other at 1050p).
As for not wanting to go for an AMD card, I'm simply too stubborn and unable to remove myself from my high horse to consider it, sorry.
I agree with KhaoticKomputing that the GTX460's days are numbered - heck it's been a fantastic card and has served me well since I got it (25 Oct, 2010).
That EVGA Classified GTX680 is out of my price range so I was sort of fantasising over owning it and I'll probably go for a much cheaper one or even a 660 or 670 IF the 700 series isn't worth the wait (come to think of it, I won't know until I've waited and they're released).

If you decide on a 670 go with the EVGA FTW or the Gigabyte Windforce. Won't be disappointed, and should be able to hit 1300 MHz core clock with either.
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If you decide on a 670 go with the EVGA FTW or the Gigabyte Windforce. Won't be disappointed, and should be able to hit 1300 MHz core clock with either.

correct. the EVGA GTX 670 FTW is one of the best 670 cards. reference GTX 680 PCB. at the same clocks GTX 670 is 5% slower than GTX 680. legendary EVGA support.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-GTX-670-Graphics-Card/dp/B0086QLVGC/

the MSI GTX 670 PE and Gigabyte GTX 670 WF3 are excellent alternatives.

www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-GeForce-GTX670-Nvidia-Graphics/dp/B008BX2CFY/
www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-GeForce-GTX670-Graphics-GDDR5/dp/B0080DXPHO/

these cards easily hit 1250 - 1300 Mhz. thumb.gif
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The GTX 680 offers pretty bad price/ performance ratio.
If you want from the green team only the GTX 670 is a good deal. but the 7950 is currently the best bang for the buck.
Anything below an HD 7870 is not a worthy upgrade from an overclocked GTX 460.

But if you can wait for next generation since they are around the corner. I suggest for you to wait. An overclocked GTX 460 is still a very capable card.
GTX 460 @ 850 MHz ~ stock GTX 470/ GTX 560 Ti or slightly better. And GTX 560 Ti is still considered a solid mid-range card these days.
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That EVGA Classified GTX680 is out of my price range so I was sort of fantasising over owning it and I'll probably go for a much cheaper one or even a 660 or 670 IF the 700 series isn't worth the wait (come to think of it, I won't know until I've waited and they're released).

IMO the GTX 700 series might well worth the wait. After the criticism the first generation Keplers got because of their bandwidth, they might equip the high-end GTX 700 series chips with 320-bit/ 384-bit again.
By increasing the bandwidth this alone will increase the performance significantly at high resolutions and even low-resolutions when lots of AA is applied in demanding settings.
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If you can wait it out I'd agree with overclocking your 460 for now and waiting a few more months for the next line only because your card isn't very old.
Or you can always get a 670 or 680 now and SLI them later on down the line but my personal opinion would be to just wait.
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670 you can't go wrong

i have my palit 670 on a 2560 /1440 @ 27 Monitor and it doing a fine job smile.gif
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I'd get a GTX670 because it ought to be a better performer when using PhysX.
I bought two GTX670's, both generic GeForce model's made by EVGA. Good, tiny once watercooled, but the evga blower was kind of loud. I would get the Gigabyte Windforce version if you plan to stay air cooled. I typically buy EVGA products because I water cool everything and EVGA has superb customer support. Not saying Gigabyte doesn't - I just have never needed to find out with the 4 mobo's of theirs that I have used.

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I'd get a GTX670 because it ought to be a better performer when using PhysX.
I bought two GTX670's, both generic GeForce model's made by EVGA. Good, tiny once watercooled, but the evga blower was kind of loud. I would get the Gigabyte Windforce version if you plan to stay air cooled. I typically buy EVGA products because I water cool everything and EVGA has superb customer support. Not saying Gigabyte doesn't - I just have never needed to find out with the 4 mobo's of theirs that I have used.
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correct. the EVGA GTX 670 FTW is one of the best 670 cards. reference GTX 680 PCB. at the same clocks GTX 670 is 5% slower than GTX 680. legendary EVGA support.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-GTX-670-Graphics-Card/dp/B0086QLVGC/
the MSI GTX 670 PE and Gigabyte GTX 670 WF3 are excellent alternatives.
www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-GeForce-GTX670-Nvidia-Graphics/dp/B008BX2CFY/
www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-GeForce-GTX670-Graphics-GDDR5/dp/B0080DXPHO/
these cards easily hit 1250 - 1300 Mhz. thumb.gif
 

QFT, I really love mine. It was either the FTW or a MSI PE, and I went with the FTW. 

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