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Video card upgrade: What would YOU do?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ralsch, Apr 8, 2012.

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  1. ralsch

    ralsch Thread Starter

    Nov 6, 2004
    Currently, I have a EVGA GTX460 2gig card. I've just started getting back into gaming a bit, and have been playing Crysis (great game BTW). However, my 460 has troubles sticking at full-screen.. and my FPS is averaging between 12 and 25 for the most part. Gaming as it is, I know a video card upgrade is on the horizon soon, so my question is which way to go. With money being the 1st thought ($250-300 range), I figure I have a few options:
    1. Buy a 2nd GTX460 card (which would also require a new motherboard [dual SLI], and most likely, another power supply).
    2. Overclock my CPU/GPU and hope for the best (I have never OC'd anything in my history).
    3. Buy a newer model video card, and keep the MB and PS. I have not had anything other than Nvidia cards for the last 10 years.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    Windows 7 64-bit SP1
    AMD Phenom II X6 1055
    Asus M4A785TD-M-Evo
    16GB Dual-Channel DDR3
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 2gig
    Dual Viewsonic 24in monitors
    650W Ultra PS
  2. black-wolf


    Aug 8, 2008
    You still have a decent system. Go for upgrading your GPU. Overclocking will not give you any difference that you will be able to see.
  3. Compiler


    Oct 11, 2006
    Here is a review of the latest GPUs: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5699/nvidia-geforce-gtx-680-review/7
    On the SCALE, the GeForce 460 is a hair faster than the GF 285. Lets use the 1920x1200 as the default.. puts you at about 22~23fps... IF you were on a top end intel system (I build and sell both AMD and intel).

    The ATI 7870 = $350, but easily more than doubles the performance. (6950 = $250~280)
    The GF 480 & 570 also go for about $300~350. The GF 480 is a hair faster than the GF 570.

    I'm not sure where the article is, but they compared various HIGHEND GPUs with various Intel and AMD CPUs.
    The difference in gaming between the AMD X4 Phenom and the AMD "X8" FX was nil.. but constantly slower than intel Core i5-2400 CPUs.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4955/the-bulldozer-review-amd-fx8150-tested/8 (Tested with ATI 5870 which is a tad slower than the GF 570/480.) http://www.anandtech.com/show/4955/the-bulldozer-review-amd-fx8150-tested/8

    It shows ALL the AMD systems well below 100fps with intel being above 100fps. So with a $250 card, it should still double the performance with what you have.
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