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Hello. I have a passively cooled 9600GT from Gigabyte.
I'm looking to replace it for something that would allow me to launch current (not the most demanding like Crysis or GTA4 but more like Mass Effect 1/2/3 or TDU2) games with all eye candy on smoothly.

I've been looking at Gigabyte/MSI GTX460 cards as they seem to have awesome performance/price ratio BUT my set is quite old. Some time ago I replaced my old school Athlon64 for a new Athlon II X4 635 (but I can't OC it much on my Gigabyte AM2 board). I have DDR2 Kingston HyperX 800MHZ and a Chieftec 560W PSU with 23A on 12V rail (said to supply max 440W on 12V rail).
I'm not sure if GTX460 is not an overkill and since I'm on rather tight budged I'd rather not waste money.
In theory my Athlon X4 should grant me almost Phenom II X4 920-like performance but still I'm a bit worried.
I play at 1680x1050 resolution with all eye candy (AA etc.) on. Sometimes I hook it up to my HD TV for 1080p resolution but that's rather rare.

Is GTX460 a good choice or would it be better to save some cash and get a cheaper card instead for my set?
I don't want to replace my whole platform yet, I'll do it in a year or two after new Intels are out. Right now I just want the best bang from what I have. Oh and I don't have the means to replace my Athlon for a Phenom II, which is something that I considered before when I went for my Athlon 635.

I mean - at the moment my processor has huge reserves while running games and only the graphics lag but GTX460 seems to be a beast.
Could anyone help me please?

Simon
Edited by szymon247 - 2/19/11 at 11:29am
post #2 of 16
Since you're only at 1680, you could save some money by getting the 768mb 460.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127519

That card is $130 after rebate.
 
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Well, for people who is very tight on budget, GTS450 is the best choice.

EDIT : or as above poster

Also radeon 5770 is also a good price to perfomance card.
    
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Oh I forgot to mention that I'm in Poland. The price difference between the 768mb version and the 1GB version is less than 10$.

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Well, for people who is very tight on budget, GTS450 is the best choice.
The price difference between GTS450 and GTX460 here is on the other hand less than 50$ while the performance difference seems to be much bigger. Also GTX460 seem to have nice versions from Gigabyte and MSI Cyclone one which are very quiet which is something that I'm after too since I'm coming from a passively cooled card.
The budget is not THAT tight, I could afford the GTX460 but I'd rather not waste money on unused potential and that's why I'm asking for help
I'm just curious if the difference would be worth the money on my set.
Edited by szymon247 - 2/19/11 at 11:43am
post #5 of 16
If thats the case, GTX460 for sure.

Do not Oc it much though, MSI GTX460 hawk talon attack I had required 24A on 12V rail according to MSI. So a regular 460 is a very very good choice.
    
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Yeah, just get the regular 460. Enjoy being able to set everything to the max
 
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post #7 of 16
Going below a 5770 or a 460 is not a good idea to be honest. Stick with either of these 2 cards.
Edited by 4LC4PON3 - 2/19/11 at 12:09pm
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post #8 of 16
... I dunno exactly how it is in Poland, but just a few days ago the Radeon 5850 dropped below 150€ in France & Germany, which makes it cheaper than the GTX 460, while being faster. If you can find the 5850 @your place, then this is my recommendation.

About the CPU holding back the card, I don't think so. @1680x1050 with high AA/AF you could have an i7 with the GTX 460 /Radeon 5850 - they wouldn't be much faster. The more you pump up the details, the less the CPU matters as long as it can provide the GFX card with the data it needs, and an Athlon X4 is oke on that front.
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A 1gb gtx460 would be great for you, and dont worry about bottlenecks cause there would be none. you havent updated your sig rig so I am assuming that you have at least 3gb of ram, if not then try to get that too (its the minimum for gaming right now).
    
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post #10 of 16
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^ Yes, I have 4GB of ram.

Thanks very much guys. One last thing. Will my PSU handle that? It's a 560W Chieftec CFT-560A-12S. MSI suggests 24A on the 12V line. I will not OC much but I don't want to fry my PSU.
Official max values look like this:
+5V: 30 A
+12V: 23 A
+12V1: 14 A
+12V2: 23 A
-12V: 0.5 A
-5Vsb: 2.5 A

And Max 440W on 12V lines.
I see that the GTX460 is able to use up almost 350W under heavy load.
Edited by szymon247 - 2/19/11 at 1:09pm
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