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I recently found a great deal on a GTX 480, it's a price i can afford, but is it a good idea to buy one?

I have a core 2 duo 6700 with 2 gb ram, and a p5n32-e sli plus, as well as a 650w power supply.

I've heard a lot about the 480 as it sucks a lot of juice from the wall and gets hot enough to heat a medium sized room etc. But my current card the x1950xtx is artifacting and is pretty much on it's way out. I also fear the cpu will be a bit of a bottleneck.
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My 460 gets up to 91-100C. I think you should be okay. Possibly a little bottleneck. I would recommend 4GB of RAM and possibly a slight OC to your CPU.
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May I ask what is your budget...
I your budget allows.. I suggest maybe a GTX 570.. I think it'll be a worthwhile upgrade.
If you can swing in the 570 then you'll be good until you upgrade your older hardware.
With the older hardware, maybe you can just snag a cheaper GPU.. and maybe update/upgrade you cpu as that will prolly bottleneck you set up.
That is what I think you should do as you have a budget.. you can nab a cheaper card and have the freedom of playing more recent games.
That is my suggestion..
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I can get the 480 for about 40% less than what a 570 costs at the moment.
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post #5 of 12
Get it then..

I have also bought mine reference Zotac GTX480 for a sweet price and couldn't be more happier with it..

I have my OC'd @ 850/1025MHz w/ 1075mV and with my custom fan profile never hits 85C in Crysis,3DMark 11 loop etc..CLICK HERE FOR PROOF

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My 460 gets up to 91-100C. I think you should be okay. Possibly a little bottleneck. I would recommend 4GB of RAM and possibly a slight OC to your CPU.
Holy Cow!!! 100C! My 460's max at 60 C @ 925 core.
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I've heard a lot about the 480 as it sucks a lot of juice from the wall and gets hot enough to heat a medium sized room etc. But my current card the x1950xtx is artifacting and is pretty much on it's way out. I also fear the cpu will be a bit of a bottleneck.
haha me and my gf use my gtx 470's as a heater at night =] and .. well during the day in winter.. (13x16 apartment bedroom )but yeah you should in my opinion if you can get it for 40% off a 570
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BUY IT NOW! Your E6700 will not be a bottleneck at all.
    
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E6700 is probably going to be a bottleneck if you are playing CPU dependent games like SC2. On the other hand if you have found a deal on GTX480 and if you can upgrade your CPU in near future I say get it. Otherwise just don't bother and wait till you can upgrade both the CPU and GPU.
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My GTX 480 never passed 82C while running furmark and stayed about 70C whilst playing GTA IV at maximum settings
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