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Frozenguy
12-19-2010, 4:59 PM
So I'm down to these. Maybe there is another card similar to these in the same price range that you recommend? Keep in mind I have a mid tower ATX lian li case, so I dont think I can go over 9.5" but I'm not 100% sure. I'll go measure right now and see..

EVGA GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
lifetime limited labor/parts warranty
reviews say it gets hot, but apparently without much negative effect..(?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-557&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=4#scrollFullInfo

MSI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5
2/3 year limited labor/parts warranty
Looks like it can stay cool. Why the 192 bit? not 128, not 256 lol.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-127-519&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

MSI Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
3/2 parts/labor limited warranty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127490



Maybe there is another card similar to these in the same price range that you recommend? Keep in mind I have a mid tower ATX lian li case, so I dont think I can go over 9.5" but I'm not 100% sure. Wow these new cards are two slots thick! I'll go measure right now and see..

EDIT:
Or this one
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 768MB 192-bit GDDR5
2/2 parts/labor limited warranty, but its only 8.25" long! better fit for me probably.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-563&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo


Ok wow. Whats the difference between this card and the first card up top, the EVGA superclocked GTX 465?
--EVGA GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 (non superclocked, but more expensive)
Lifetime
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-555&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo

rockford
12-29-2010, 5:15 PM
The GTX460 is a really good mid-range card, I've got one and it runs COD at 90fps (16x10 resolution, lots of eye candy). Lower power than the 465 which translates to cooler/quiter operation.

You might want to wait for the next incarnation, the GTX560, should be out soon.

JDay
12-29-2010, 5:50 PM
The 1gb GTX 460 beats the GTX 465 in almost every benchmark and you can overclock it to 850mhz pretty easy. I have one and it handles every game I throw at it except Crysis in full 1080p with the graphics up all the way. For what you're going to spend I'd go with a GTX 470, you can get one for $239 right now and it offers much better performance than those other two, especially when it comes to tessellation (this will be important in future games).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121400&cm_re=gtx_470-_-14-121-400-_-Product

ETA: This one is cheaper after the $20 mail in rebate and you get Mafia 2 with it for free. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130550&cm_re=gtx_470-_-14-130-550-_-Product

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_9vgJ1nwu_xA/S8hnw66i4yI/AAAAAAAAC2M/_UBfZMkdNZI/s1600/far1.jpg

http://www.pcgameshardware.com/screenshots/original/2010/03/GF100-BC2-1680.png

UltraLNW
12-30-2010, 11:55 AM
I'll chime in here as well - I have extensive experience with GPUs, and have run some fairly serious setups for personal use. I've also built ~30 gamer-marketed systems that I sold on Ebay.

I'm currently running a Zotac 460GTX 768mb. I sold a 260GTX for $10 less than the cost of the 460GTX and I have been nothing but happy with the way it performs. The temps are amazingly cool, the card is damn quiet, and I've yet to find a game that seriously taxes the GPU. There are a couple of games that come close to maxing out the card's performance, but for $135, I cannot and will not complain.

It is running in a relatively inexpensive gaming system, which is why it replaced a 260GTX. The current specs are QX6700 (unlocked multi!) on water, 4gb DDR2, Gigabyte EP45-UD3L mobo, Corsair R60 SSD. If I were replicating a spine-shattering system like the ones I used to build for benchmarking bragging rights, I'd be rolling an i7 with a 580GTX. But I like playing games more than running benchies, and the budget build I have now is more than capable of doing that but at 1/3 the cost.

Oshiat
12-31-2010, 6:02 AM
I have the MSI Raedon 5770 and have bee very happy with it, especially for the cost. When they hit $100 I will add a second. Every game I have tried runs flawlessly at the highest settings. There are better cards out there, but this one has been fine for me.

Burbur
01-02-2011, 11:45 PM
At or about the $200 price point, I would recommend the EVGA 465 (standard clocked) you linked.

Personally I do not like overclocking GPUs, because I have seen too many with thermal damage, and lifetime warranties are only as good as the company (I'm looking at you BFG - you dirty mother f****rs)

You did not give your intentions for this purchase. I would assume heavy gaming with large displays. No offense, but I've seen friends buy $400 cards who thought it would help them rip and burn DVDs...

JDay
01-03-2011, 1:35 AM
No offense, but I've seen friends buy $400 cards who thought it would help them rip and burn DVDs...

If they're using a CUDA enabled transcoder with an nVidia card it will.

orchard
01-05-2011, 7:41 PM
Check the power supply capacity first, as some of the GPUs are power hogs.

Orchard

whobob
01-06-2011, 6:23 PM
I'm happy with my galaxy gtx460 768mb.

spectre-9
01-17-2011, 2:01 PM
I have an MSI GTX 460 and I love it.

As far as price for performance goes, I don't think you can beat the 460 right now.

I would suggest the MSI though if you intend on oc'ing it since it cools better than the EVGA does.

And yeah, make sure your psu can handle it. Don't just look at the wattage, make sure your 12v rail can supply the minimum amperage (24v iirc)

ExtremeX
01-17-2011, 2:38 PM
I used to be a big NVIDA guy... but I currently run a ATI 5850 and have excellent luck with it. They kind of won me over with the whole eyefinity gaming thing. Using 3 x 1080P 23" screens and its been pretty awsome. Pushing that much rez I feel an upgrade is needed tho to a 5870 or better.

I use a lot of Adobe products too and ended up buying a 2nd NVIDA card just for CUDA. I dont have any monitors connect to it but with a x58 chipset and Win7 both cards can live happily in the same system.

ExtremeX
01-17-2011, 2:39 PM
And yeah, make sure your psu can handle it. Don't just look at the wattage, make sure your 12v rail can supply the minimum amperage (24v iirc)

Also wanted to add; if you need a new PSU, buy a single rail PSU. I much prefer them over multi-rail power supplies.

C.W.M.V.
01-17-2011, 3:06 PM
I recently installed an EVGA GTX460 1GB with Corsair TX650. Runs IL2 '46 with ton-o-mods perfectly. I'm really in love with it.

hcbr
01-17-2011, 3:16 PM
You can't go wrong with EVGA or MSI , as for GPU, well I'm an Nvidia purist, but i've seen the new gen Radeon's and they're awesome, so either one is fine, it's up to you to decide, but i'd go with the Nvidia IMHO