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What upgrade do you suggest? (GPU)

By JamesPromIII
Nov 28, 2011
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  1. I have an EVGA GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 SC edition. I'm looking for a decent upgrade my price range is 250-300, any suggestions. (I don't want ATI.)
     
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    Sli is your best bet imo.
     
  3. JamesPromIII

    JamesPromIII TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 157

    I don't have that option, lol otherwise i'd hop on it. So what's the next best?
     
  4. JamesPromIII

    JamesPromIII TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 157

    bump what about a gtx 560ti?
     
  5. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,568   +103

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/...compare,2673.html?prod[4967]=on&prod[4839]=on

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/313?vs=330

    It looks like most titles would get a 10-20 FPS increase, although this will depend on the rest of your system, not sure if that card would give as much a performance increase as that when paired with your C2D E7300. I'd say you would be close to borderline for experiencing CPU bottleneck with the 560Ti. I'll do a bit more looking around but I don't think you have a worthwhile upgrade at that price. If you can sell the 460 for a decent price to put towards the 560Ti it might be an ok upgrade but still I don't think you will get blown away by the difference.

    What games are you playing that you feel you are needing the upgrade for?
     
  6. JamesPromIII

    JamesPromIII TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 157

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041 I plan on upgrading the CPU to that, so what EVGA 560Ti would be good? Any and all of the newer titles that are out. I can't seem to find the 3.0ghz model of the quad core, anyone know where it might be?
     
  7. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    You could probably use the cash from selling your existing card + $250 and get a GTX 570.

    In any case I would definitely not upgrade to that Q9550 processor, you could probably get an i5 2500k and a cheap 1155 motherboard for that price.
     
  8. JamesPromIII

    JamesPromIII TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 157

    I plan on building a new tower and giving this one to my fiance
     
  9. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    If your fiance doesn't do any gaming you could still sell that GTX 460 and use the integrated graphics ;)

    If you're building a new rig, i5 2500k is definitely the way to go, you might want to take a look at the TS buying guide. Also what exactly is your fear of ATI founded on? You could try getting a 6950 which unlocks into a 6970, that would be excellent value.
     
  10. JamesPromIII

    JamesPromIII TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 157

    I'm just a nvidia guy and my fiance wants to game with me, anywhere I can find that 3ghz quad core? How much could I get for that GTX 460?
     
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,111   +1,523

    I agree and was fixing to post the same when I noticed it was already stated. :)

    You can get a motherboard, CPU, and memory for $300. The performance of an i5-2500 is 1.5 times that of a Q9550. However upgrading the motherboard sometimes forces an OS (if OEM) purchase to.
     
     
  12. JamesPromIII

    JamesPromIII TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 157

    Exactly, that's why I plan on building another tower.
     
  13. JamesPromIII

    JamesPromIII TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 157

  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,111   +1,523

    WOW, Thats a nice build!!!

    You might as well go $20 more for the 2500K and enjoy the over-clock capabilities of the K series. A build like that would definitely handle over-clocking with an after-market CPU cooler. :)

    I didn't see a listing for the power supply. What exactly did you have in mind there?
    You would need at least a 600W but if you plan on later adding a second 560Ti in SLI, a 800W or better would be nice.
     
  15. JamesPromIII

    JamesPromIII TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 157

  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,111   +1,523

  17. JamesPromIII

    JamesPromIII TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 157

    Would that rig be able to handle anything thrown at it? It'll take me 4 months to save up and build that rig. :D
     
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,111   +1,523

  19. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Yep, that is a very good build. 560 Ti SLI would be awesome if you add another one, they scale really well.

    I would say ditch the 2133Mhz RAM and go for a normal 1600Mhz kit. Put the money towards your graphics card and you will have better performance for the price. Also as HDD prices are pretty insane at the moment due to the Thailand flooding, I would suggest getting a small SSD for your OS and programs and add a HDD when prices stabilize.
     
  20. JamesPromIII

    JamesPromIII TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 157

    I'm not worried about the money I can afford everything I posted. Also keep the GTX 460 in my current build and my fiance will have a decent gaming PC.
     
  21. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    The holy grail of building a new computer is to make sure everything balances and there aren't any components which bottlenecks others. If you buy that RAM you will notice next to zero difference in your daily computing because you would have to be into serious overclocking to actually require 2133Mhz RAM.

    The $50 saved can be put to much better use, e.g. I notice you haven't included a CPU cooler in your build.
     
  22. tweakboy

    tweakboy TS Maniac Posts: 518

    If I were you I would stick with what you have until the new gen nvidia come out then do a 300 dollars upgrade to a 670 for example.
    Also buy EVGA only in the future.

    The difference between the 460 and a 560 is minimal ,,

    Also the 460 can be OCed very high, take up voltage and it goes to 1000 core easy, raise memory too. Shure its not the 460 1GB ,, but its not worth it for you to put down 300 bones at this point. Wait until January then well see whats up

    I mean unless your having a gaming issue ? Which you shouldnt everything should fly fast.. thanks gl
     
  23. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,906   +90

    I wouldn't classify 25%+ as "minimal"
     
  24. JamesPromIII

    JamesPromIII TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 157

    What RAM do you suggest I get?
     
  25. JamesPromIII

    JamesPromIII TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 157

    I think my CPU is bottlenecking everything, that's why i'm looking for the quad core 3ghz model.
     


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