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I'm considering dropping $160 on a GTX 460 768MB Cyclone as a temporary card ( until Bulldozer or Ivy ).

But first, a few questions.

1.) Will it run off a CX400 with a C2D?

2.) I won't need a 1GB version for 720p?

3.) What kind of FPS should I expect in BC2 ( Max details / possibly some AA ) & Crysis ( What settings would get me a decent frame rate ) @ 720p?

4.) Is there any reason I should not do this?
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I have that card and I play bc2. Great card for the money. Nvidia's recommended settings for bc2 is all settings on high, 16x AA, 16x AF, and HBAO on. I'm averging 50-70 fps with those settings. You don't need the 1gb for 720p. The Core 2 Duo is ok, but bc2 recommends a quad core. The CX400 is not big enough. You need at least a 450w PSU with a minimum 12V rating of 24A.
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I have that card and I play bc2. Great card for the money. Nvidia's recommended settings for bc2 is all settings on high, 16x AA, 16x AF, and HBAO on. I'm averging 50-70 fps with those settings. You don't need the 1gb for 720p. The Core 2 Duo is ok, but bc2 recommends a quad core. The CX400 is not big enough. You need at least a 450w PSU with a minimum 12V rating of 24A.
I actually think the 400 is big enough, if he's running a stock C2D.

His 400, has 32a on the sinle 12v rail.



Though I'm certainly no expert..
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Well, he might get away with it. The 450w and 12V-24A is what MSI says is needed. Corsair makes great PSU's, but the CX400 is at the very bottom of their PSU line-up. Also, the CX400 has 30A on it's single 12V rail. I would suggest that if he does buy the 460GTX, he should also buy a new PSU because, even if the CX400 does work, he wouldn't be able to upgrade anything else and why risk frying the components he already has?
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It is highly likely you will run into a CPU bottleneck, it's only slightly faster than that A64 in the other topic.
Just warning you before you buy it and start opening threads why your fps did not improve
ESPECIALLY if you're playing BC2, which is heavily CPU dependant and barely GPU.
Fermi needs a fast quadcore, your 9800GT fits the old dualcore fine.
Edited by Deluxe - 1/24/11 at 9:34am
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I agree with Deluxe on everything except the GPU part. My 460GTX runs up to 98% load when I play BC2.
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Originally Posted by Socko1965 View Post
I agree with Deluxe on everything except the GPU part. My 460GTX runs up to 98% load when I play BC2.
But you have a Quadcore, with a low-end dualcore your gpu usage with a 460 will probably not even hit 30%.
That's what i'm talking about, I guess you read my post wrong.
You can have a lighthing fast GPU, but if your CPU can't feed it frames to render fast enough, it's not going to matter what GPU you have.
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I know the CPU will be a bottleneck with the GTX 460, but if I upgrade my CPU first, my GPU will bottleneck even more.
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Ok, I'm a little confused. Final Version, what is your whole plan. Are you going to build a complete new PC or are you planning to fully upgrade your current PC or are you going to cannibalize your current PC to help make your new PC? This info would have a huge impact on what to recommend for you.
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He's probably better off with keeping his 9800GT and E5300 as of right now. Upgrading the video card will bottleneck his cpu.

Might as well just build an entirely new pc when bulldozer or ivy comes out.
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