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I have a stock GTX 470 that I want to put into my wifes computer (i plan on upgrading hers), so that leaves me without a video card. I just bought a new monitor with max res at 1920x1080 (i will not be getting a new one for a long time).

My plan is to spend no more than $400; my dilemma is this:

With this new GTX 460 2win coming out (EVGA stating it will be cheaper than a 580), would it be a good choice? Is it really overkill to have that dual card, when it supposedly performs better than a more expensive single GPU card? Also, I do want some future proofing, that way I dont have to think about buying a new card for a couple of years (I bought the 470 when it hit, not really even been a year yet).

Please, share your thoughts and opinions; I know this is in the Nvidia section, but I am even open to AMD (please do not chase me away, lol) cards.
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post #2 of 6
If I currently had a 470, I wouldn't upgrade anytime soon. I think you should just grab a single 460 for the other computer. What do you do with your GPUs?
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If you can't afford a GTX 580, a GTX 570 or 6950 2GB (to unlock) is the way to go. You'll have a good upgrade path and won't have to deal with the problems that dual-GPU cards often present.
Edited by thisischuck01 - 3/17/11 at 5:18pm
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460s would not be worth it, what would be is a 6970 or a unlocked 6950. They offer the beat bang for the buck at the time
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SLI 460s will run you $320-350 new depending on the model, and outperform any single gpu card on the market at 1080p for now.

A single 570/480/6970 will run about as much as the 460s, with less performance, but leaves the door open for upgrades via SLI/Xfire in the future. It should also be enough to handle the majority of current titles at 1080p alone.

6950 unlock will be ~$250 and offer performance roughly equal to the 570/480/6970. It also gives you upgrade options. IMO it's probably the best value of the three.

560ti isn't really competitive here. It's also ~$250 but alone is weaker than all of the above options unless heavily OC'd, and SLI is out of your budget range unless you can get them second hand/open box.

Did I miss anything?
Edited by Booty Warrior - 3/17/11 at 7:14pm
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So I went ahead and bought the 460 2Win, I was talking to a friend and thought about it:
my mobo can support two GPUs, but the lane speed for each would only be x8. With the 460 2win, I can stick it in and have it at the full x16. Thanks for the help guys, definitely appreciated!
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