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New graphics card

By ACE99
Aug 4, 2010
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  1. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    Can't say I've heard much about 2GB versions of the GTX460.

    Like mentioned, motherboards will all support both ATI and nVidia cards. The only thing you ever want to check, if you're interested, is crossfire/SLI compatibility.

    I think a higher clocked card will perform better than double the memory.
  2. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Enthusiast Posts: 324

    he could always just overclock it CMH, the 2gb version was on the techspot news a few days ago.
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,049   +75

    2GB version is just overkill, instead of spending that extra money on 2GB, he'd be much better off with a 1GB 5870 IMHO. Anyway, it is his call what he wants to do with his money. So best of luck ACE.
  4. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Enthusiast Posts: 324

    that would be a fair bit extra archean, I think that a 5850 or 1gb gtx460 would be for suitable value wise.
  5. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,049   +75

    He earlier said he had 250 quids budget (i.e. in British pounds) which would be something like 380$ or may so I think (please correct me if I am wrong about the conversion) ...... and HD 5870 can be had for < 400$, I've seen few quotes on newegg for that. Anyway, as I said, it is his decision, we can only suggest various options, which we feel will be appropriate considering his budget and potential usage.
  6. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Enthusiast Posts: 324

    Ah i forgot this was in USD but it is a good 75 pounds extra from my favouite site, i stand corrected
  7. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,049   +75

    Well I've just checked conversion rate for British Pound and it is 1.58, and that makes it 395$ budget, however, one more thing to this, I am unsure his PSU can deal with either of these recommendations.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,690   +884

    Not sure what you mean here. There is no issue as to what >>SINGLE<< video card you can use with any motherboard. They're all compatible.

    However, when you use a dual graphics card arrangement, most if not all motherboards cater to either one or the other brand of card.

    In other words, one board might support "Crossfire", (dual ATI cards), another might support "SLI" (dual Nvidia cards), and you would have to choose the brand of video cards first, then match the board to that.

    If you already knew that, sorry.
  9. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Enthusiast Posts: 324

    he has a 600watt ocz psu , that seems enough to me
  10. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,049   +75

    Fair enough, the lowest price I was able to find for an HD 5870 is 389$.
  11. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Enthusiast Posts: 324

     
  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,897   +88

    Hey Alster, check your PM's
  13. ACE99

    ACE99 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

  14. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,897   +88

  15. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Enthusiast Posts: 324

  16. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,897   +88

    Thats a good point, I like paying someone else to do the overclocking either. I think the attraction is the removable fan for cleaning. some people dont like voiding their warranty though
  17. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Enthusiast Posts: 324

    you can usually get inbetween the blades of the fan without having to remove it.
  18. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,897   +88


    oh its gimmicky to be sure ;)
  19. ACE99

    ACE99 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

  20. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    Looks fine, quick card, and no PSU upgrade.
  21. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    It'll be a very good choice. The OCZ 600W should handle the card well enough. Enjoy your new card! :)
  22. jingoku

    jingoku TS Rookie

    @Ritwik: You've got mail :)
  23. ACE99

    ACE99 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    Hey guys i got the new graphics card this morning and it is great. One slight problem it keeps freezing during games, sometimes it comes back but everything stays yellow for a few seconds and sometimes it just freezes completely and i have to restart. Any solutions?
  24. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Enthusiast Posts: 324

    have you checked the heat of the card? Is it recieving sufficient power?

    btw which card and model did you end up buying?
  25. ACE99

    ACE99 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    ended up going with this card
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/...dia/NvidiaGTX460FermiSeries/60XGH6HS3GXW.html
    its not overheating as far as i can tell as that has happened to me before and the whole computer just turns off, all i needed to do then was clean the fan. How do i check the power as i have a 600w PSU and you guys all said it would work with that one, and from my research it should work as it only requires 450w max


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