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Just bought a PNY xlr8 1gb GTX460, anything better for under $250 with current psu???

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I'm not sure at what point I would need a more powerful psu to run a single card, if ever.

I would like to stay under $250, but I would like the most power for my money obviously. I wil be using it mostly for dirt2 and then dirt 3 when it comes out.

With my gtx260, I'm getting 28-30fps with the built-in benchmark. 1920x1080 all high/ultimate settings.
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It's not a good PSU, but it's certainly better than a generic one. So, I think that you could even get away with a GTX 470.
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post #3 of 11
u can get a 470 for 250. get out of best buy
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open box 570's on newegg for $280, great value if you're lucky enough to snag one
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Also, I'm not sure about the length of these cards. Are the more powerful gtx460/hd5000/6000 card longer? Right now my gtx260 just barely fits.
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Be careful that you read the minimum power specs on the cards you consider. I also have a 550W BFG, and my system crashes if I run furmark with a GTX 285OC (supposed to be ~ a GTX 460-465).

Edit: Note that everyday usage is perfectly fine. Even games do not max my GPU enough to run into problems.
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My 6870 is about 3/4in shorter than my GTX260 Core 216.
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Well, I installed the gtx460 without any issues, it actually fit a lot easier than the 260.

The dirt2 benchmark shows an improvement from 25-30fps to 60-66fps with the 460, same max settings. And the 460 is forced to dx9.


The only things is, and maybe I need to pop the 260 back in... but I'm not really seeing a difference. I was going to screencap both cards, but when I run fraps to record, the fps drops from the 60's down to 40's. I am getting double the frame rate, guess I was just expecting it to be more drastic.
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HD 6950 is a nice card for under $250, at least on sale right now anyways.

I think they're unlockable to HD 6970, think it was a techpowerup article.
    
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Well, I installed the gtx460 without any issues, it actually fit a lot easier than the 260.

The dirt2 benchmark shows an improvement from 25-30fps to 60-66fps with the 460, same max settings. And the 460 is forced to dx9.


The only things is, and maybe I need to pop the 260 back in... but I'm not really seeing a difference. I was going to screencap both cards, but when I run fraps to record, the fps drops from the 60's down to 40's. I am getting double the frame rate, guess I was just expecting it to be more drastic.
Unfortunately, that's the way this goes. :/ I had a very similar experience: I upgraded from a single GTX 260 (1792 MB, 55nm Core 216) to my "unlocked" GTX 470, and the differences aren't what I was expecting.

However, there are certain areas in Crysis where the differences are very obvious, such as the rice field (the several little ponds of what can look like mud). That area used to bring my 260 to its knees, but the 470 breezes right through it. It's still a bit tough for it, but it's way better - especially now that I am using the modified Quadro driver (version 267.05 for those who are interested). I mean, I am almost never distracted by any drop in performance in the rice field now whereas I used to get a bit angry with my 260 during that part of the game.
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