I got my EVGA gtx 460 1gb EE card like around 2 weeks ago, and I still got about 300 bucks or so to blow on PC upgrades.
I was thinking about stepping up to a 480 with EVGA's step up. It will supposedly cost me around 285 USD.
But word is that gtx460's in SLI just pwn a single 480.
Thing is, that I don't have an SLI ready board (Some Giga LGA 775 Crossfire board). And i'm just wondering if it's worth going through the PITA of trading off my board (which I do like due to its superior overclocking abilities compared to other EVGA branded LGA 775 boards). All just to save a few bucks and get a couple more FPS by going 460 SLI.
Or if I should go ahead and step up to a 480, despite the apparent poor temperature and noise levels.
Thanks in advance.
EDIT: My PSU is a TX750 Corsair, and I have fairly decent cooling (Antec 1200 with an extra 2 Yate Loons).
I am also considering a gtx 470.
Don't do anything and keep your $300. Save up for an upgrade to the LGA1156 or LGA1366 platform, or wait for Sandy Bridge.
Well it's up to you if you wanna swap your board out or not, cause ya 460's in SLI would be sweet. You could step up to a gtx470 and get a small SSD?
Thing is, I was expecting so much from my 460 (coming from a 260). Then when I received it, I started to realized how stupid I was being, and how the 460 was just an average card for today's GPU market. So what I was hoping for with this new upgrade I am planning for, is basically a good extra 5-10 FPS or so in games like Crysis, Bad company 2, and even the new upcoming Mafia 2 (which is seem to be getting an average of like 30 FPS in the demo, which isn't making me too happy). The thought of settling for a 470, and spending the rest of my funds on a sound card sounds like a possibility but I'm not too sure if I would see THAT much of a performance difference. Whaddaya think?
PS: and about the whole upgrade for socket 1156 and stuff. Not quite sure If I really NEED to upgrade CPU wise, because today's games are still barely fully utilizing 4 cores of a CPU (I currently have a q9550 OC'd to 4), let alone me spending money on some crazy 8 thread CPU. I kinda just wanted to stick with GPU upgrades, because thats where you see the biggest FPS differences.
Well I went from a gtx260 to a 5850 and i think i gained at least an extra 20 fps average in BC2 so you should see similar results with the 470.
Alright cool. So uhh how big of a difference in FPS levels would I notice between the 470 and the 480 at 1920x1200, and are the rumours of the 480 being an oven true?
I actually have a 5970 and a 480. Because the HAF X case was made to accommodate the 480, I added a fan to the supplied shroud. The 5970 was a bit too big for it. Go figure! It runs warmer than the 480.
Anyway, the 480 runs quite cool with the extra fan. Now I just happened to have a 90 cfm 16 db fan, so maybe it's a bit on the high cfm side. hehe.
I think you'll love the 480 if you decide to stay with the 775. I had a 9550 and it was a great cpu.
Enjoy your upgrade, whichever way you go!!!
Alright, but how exactly would a new i5 or i7 benefit me, when all I really do is surf the web, game, fold with gpu only, and occasional video editing and rendering?
How much of a benefit do you really think you'll see from a GPU upgrade? I doubt it will be anything terribly significant. Anyway, my reasoning is this. I don't think a GTX 480 is a good GPU choice in general, and SLI with an LGA775 board requires you to use an nVidia chipset which is also not an ideal situation. That's why I don't think you should do either. If you want the ability to use SLI, I think you should upgrade to a newer Intel platform that will allow you to do it with an Intel chipset.
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