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So right now I'm running an old school BFG GTX260 216 Maxcore card, and it's handling nicely all the games I've thrown at it (that are DX10) with high settings and smooth performance...

However there is that signature 260 high pitched squeal that is driving me a little more crazy now that I have a CMII 690 that is way more open than my old case. Since I'm already getting good performance, I'd like something that offers a slight improvement for only a slight cost.

I found a Galaxy GTX 460 768mb that I can go pick up from fry's for $99 (AR ), and it looks like I could probably sell my 260 for $65-$85 depending, so that'd make it about a $15-$30 upgrade that runs most everything of today smooth, and is DX11 capable. Soft on the ol' wallet.

Is it worth the $60+ more to get a better brand (galaxy seems iffy) 1gb card? Performance seems similar, and a little more noise than the competition isn't the end of the world (as long as it's not like the 260's squeel). So whacha guys think?
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I say go for it. A 768MB model 460 at 850/1700/4000 matches a GTX 285 for performance and I know any 460 can hit 850 on the core. Go for it. DO IT NAAAOOOOWWW!
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From my experience that I had with Palit 460 768MB (gets hotter than the others although silent - the model with aluminium heatsink with no heatpipes), MSI Hawk 1GB and ASUS DirectCu 460 1GB I can tell you that these cards are very quiet comparing to the older rumblemakers including 260. You will be quite happy with the upgrade. If I were you I would spend few more bucks on cooling rather than on VRAM so feel free to buy 768MB. I would go with MSI 768 Cyclone if available as the best cheap alternative. If not, even a reference card cooler will do.
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you can fix the squeal with some nail varnish on the capacitors
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Originally Posted by gokica View Post
From my experience that I had with Palit 460 768MB (gets hotter than the others although silent - the model with aluminium heatsink with no heatpipes), MSI Hawk 1GB and ASUS DirectCu 460 1GB I can tell you that these cards are very quiet comparing to the older rumblemakers including 260. You will be quite happy with the upgrade. If I were you I would spend few more bucks on cooling rather than on VRAM so feel free to buy 768MB. I would go with MSI 768 Cyclone if available as the best cheap alternative. If not, even a reference card cooler will do.
The Cyclone is essentially reference without a shroud and slightly larger "arms" for the heatpipes. Everyone harps on about it but who wants the heat in their case and the bigger pricetag? Also: Please warn whatever poor soul that is buying your 260 of the cap whine, don't expect to get much for it unless you be dishonest and don't mention it.
 
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The Cyclone is essentially reference without a shroud and slightly larger "arms" for the heatpipes. Everyone harps on about it but who wants the heat in their case and the bigger pricetag? Also: Please warn whatever poor soul that is buying your 260 of the cap whine, don't expect to get much for it unless you be dishonest and don't mention it.
The whine is a common problem with the older 2xx series (and other) nvidia cards, and is only apparent when the GPU is pushed to absolute full load (such as folding or playing games that max out GPUs on the highest settings OC'd), and if you have a closed case or noisier fans it is barely noticeable. However I of course would be honest about my reasons for selling. Many people don't care about a little bit of noise if they're goin to use it for a folding farm or as a cheapo upgrade/SLI.

I will of course include that you can fix the problem with varnish (ha, thanks jy) however I'm not willing to take the time, risk, and and strain required myself (after reading a varnish guide) when a $30 upgrade option is available.

Sounds like the 768mb road is a viable one, thanks guys! Everywhere I read people are saying "screw 768, go 1gb!", but at a $100 price point it's hard to ignore.
Edited by ocpokey - 1/27/11 at 1:21pm
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If you're playing in 1080p I'd really recommend picking up a 1gb model. You can pick one up from a reputable company (EVGA/PNY/MSI etc) for $160-170 new, if you don't mind mail in rebates.

It will handle newer games much better than the 768MB version with a 192 bit bus.
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I wouldn't even get the 4xx series, try to afford the 5xx series or save your card you got currently until you can afford one
     
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I wouldn't even get the 4xx series, try to afford the 5xx series or save your card you got currently until you can afford one
I'm with this.... Since your upgrade why not save for a few weeks an get a 5xx series?
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Why would I go with a 5xx series card if I'm looking to squeeze value out of my purchases? From everything I've read, I could SLI 2 460s (which I'm not even doing now), get similar or superior performance to a 570, and still have money left in my pocket in comparison to the price of a 570. Price to performance wise this doesn't seem like a great buy at the moment, so why stretch my dollar that far?

I'm not looking to be the biggest baddest guy on the block right now, I'm looking to be able to play what's out there for the next year, with good performance with it lookin good, and it seems like the 4xx series can deliver that. When cash starts flowing in I'll look towards beefier stuff, but for now I'm watching my dollars carefully.

However you make a good point, maybe I should just try to wait it out a bit longer with what I have and see where things end up going rather than lock myself into a purchase now. I'll keep that in mind a little longer.
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