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Old August 16, 2010, 02:38 PM
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Sup HWC.

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.

-s288

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.
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Old August 16, 2010, 02:45 PM
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Don't do anything and keep your $300. Save up for an upgrade to the LGA1156 or LGA1366 platform, or wait for Sandy Bridge.
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Old August 16, 2010, 02:47 PM
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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?
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Old August 16, 2010, 02:54 PM
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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.
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Old August 16, 2010, 03:00 PM
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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.
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Old August 16, 2010, 03:13 PM
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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?
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Old August 16, 2010, 03:36 PM
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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!!!
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Old August 16, 2010, 03:54 PM
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Don't do anything and keep your $300. Save up for an upgrade to the LGA1156 or LGA1366 platform, or wait for Sandy Bridge.
Completely agree.....I wouldn't bother dumping anymore coin into your current set-up.....1156/1366 should be your next upgrade...
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Old August 16, 2010, 03:58 PM
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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?
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Gigabyte EP45 UD3P
G.Skill pc2 8500 1066mhz RAM
Corsair TX750 Watt Power Supply
Western Digital 500gb and Seagate 500gb in RAID 0
Western Digital 250gb
Antec 1200
OCZ Vendetta 2 LGA 775 CPU cooler with bolt thru kit
XFX HD5970
Steelseries 7G Mechanical Keyboard
Samsung 305T 30 Inch 2560x1600 LCD monitor
Altec Lansing 5.1 Surround Speakers, Sennheiser HD215's, G35's
Steelseries Xai Laser Mouse
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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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