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Old March 19, 2011, 03:16 AM
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Brand new user here...just signed up after reading a bunch of your great reviews!

I'm currently trying to figure out which new graphics card I should upgrade to, but I'm unsure what to go for. So I would like some expert oppinions from someone who know a bit more about this stuff than me.

I don't have the highest demands, as the card will mostly be used for playing StarCraft 2 and I it to be ready for whenever Diablo 3 releases. And my screen is only a 22" so huge resolutions won't be necessary.

Anyway here's my current machinery:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2,4 Ghz)
RAM: 6 GB DDR2-SDRAM
Mobo: MSI MS-7346 (Chipset: nVidia nForce 650i/750i SLI + MCP51)
GPU: ASUS EN8800GT nVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (G92GT/D8P)
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Build 7601

So...I have decided to go for an nVidia card no matter what. For once I read your outstanding article about nVidia cards beeing optimized for Starcraft 2 and I have always been a GeForce fanboy! (can't hide it!)
I have looked into the GTX 460 as this seems to be a sweet compromise between price and performance. I am not sure however if I should go for the 768 MB or the 1 GB version, should I chose to go for this one. There's also the new GTX 550 but reading the reviews, and you people's comments, I kinda got the impression that it would be silly to pick that one instead of the 460?

Then of course there's the mightier GTX 560 Ti. It's is more expensive but performance is of course better than any of the above mentioned cards. So my questions are; would it be overkill to go for the 560 judging from my needs and somewhat older setup? Will the 460 suffice? I want to be able to play games flawlessly (on my 22") but I'm not fanatic about it. On the other hand I don't want to buy a new GPU that is obsolete by the time Diablo 3 releases because then I need to upgrade again.

So...what should I do? Go for one of these cards or should I look at something completely different?

Any input is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

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Old March 19, 2011, 04:13 AM
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Well, I'm going to assume your 22" = 1680x1050 resolution.

The 460 768MB will play SC 2 pretty well and Diablo 3, but won't like turning on AA. The 768MB really starts to get handicapped vs the 1GB as the bandwidth needs increase (AA/AF/Resolution).

If you're conscious about your money, I'd say go with the cheaper one as it will give you decent graphics for the cost. If you're not super worried about $$, I'd say get the 1GB version to be on the safe side (and be able to turn on AA if you want and always having max resolution).

You're correct to think the 560 Ti is overkill. Still, one can always argue about buying more expensive hardware so it lasts longer and they can max out the settings. The great part about the 560 vs the 460 is you get a very strong performance increase that almost matches the price increase (i.e. about 35% cost increase vs 35% performance increase) at your resolution. Still, the 560 is overkill, and it's up to you if you want to spend that extra $70 now for performance you may not use for quite some time.
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Old March 19, 2011, 04:35 AM
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yo benny, welcome around.

unless i missed it, what powersupply do you have? based on that you can see what your options are.
an 8800gt will hover around the 100 watt mark +-, if memory serves right. for new, the above does the trick.
or you could try to source a cheap 260?
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Old March 19, 2011, 04:40 AM
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The GTX460 is good enough to play Starcraft II as it relies quite heavily on the CPU as well. You could overclock your processor a little bit if there seems to be problems with not enough processor power to play SCII. I would recommend getting something like a MSI GTX460 OC with the Twin Frozr II cooler so that you could overclock your GTX460 as well if needed.
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Old March 19, 2011, 06:33 AM
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Grab a 560Ti and don't look back?
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Old March 20, 2011, 04:25 AM
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Thanks for you replies!

I'm kinda thinking if I should go for the 460 then it might as well be the 1 GB instead of the 768MB? But then again...the price difference between the 1 GB 460 and the 560Ti isn't very big, so then I might just go all in!

However I just checked that my PSU is only at 650W. Will it be able to run a big card like that and all the other machinery?
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Old March 20, 2011, 06:25 AM
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Thanks for you replies!

I'm kinda thinking if I should go for the 460 then it might as well be the 1 GB instead of the 768MB? But then again...the price difference between the 1 GB 460 and the 560Ti isn't very big, so then I might just go all in!

However I just checked that my PSU is only at 650W. Will it be able to run a big card like that and all the other machinery?
A 650W PSU can even run a dual SLi of GTX460 given that your PSU is a 650W true power which I think it should be.

Another option worth considering as well if you're going for the GTX560 Ti is the Radeon HD6950 1GB. It is priced cheaper and performs a little bit better than the GTX560 Ti.
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Old March 20, 2011, 06:31 AM
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NCIX.com - Buy Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort Video Card - SAPPHIRE - 11188-01-40G - in Canada

$219 for a HD6950 1Gb version...it's a good deal... a little faster than 560Ti....
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Thanks for you replies!

I'm kinda thinking if I should go for the 460 then it might as well be the 1 GB instead of the 768MB? But then again...the price difference between the 1 GB 460 and the 560Ti isn't very big, so then I might just go all in!

However I just checked that my PSU is only at 650W. Will it be able to run a big card like that and all the other machinery?
If you are thinking of going all in then go ALL IN. Get the 560Ti and be done with it. Your PSU is fine for that card. Go for it!
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I would find a 560 Ti on sale.
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