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#1 Aug 29 2010 at 12:55 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey guys - Here is my comp:

Windows 7 Ultimate
amd phenom II x4 940 processor (4CPUs) ~3.0GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
4gb RAM (1000mhz)(adding 4 more gigs)

I want to get a GeForce GTX 460 graphics card. Will I see a lot better results or is this graphics card 'too good' for my CPU?

Thanks so much,
Ringol
#2 Aug 29 2010 at 1:15 PM Rating: Decent
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With your current set up, your GTX260 would be running at 98%-99% load playing FFXIV (I use GTX260), so yes, it would be your current bottle neck. If you were to upgrade to the GTX460, your CPU would likely become the bottleneck due to the threading used in FFXIV.
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#3 Aug 29 2010 at 1:15 PM Rating: Decent
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No, it won't bottleneck, but it will be close - if you decide to go any higher, say a 465 or a 470 you may want to think about overclocking.
#4 Aug 29 2010 at 1:43 PM Rating: Default
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Hey guys - Here is my comp:

Windows 7 Ultimate
amd phenom II x4 940 processor (4CPUs) ~3.0GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
4gb RAM (1000mhz)(adding 4 more gigs)

I want to get a GeForce GTX 460 graphics card. Will I see a lot better results or is this graphics card 'too good' for my CPU?

Thanks so much,
Ringol


GTX 460 would be fine for that set up. A 5770 would probably more closely fit your hardware set up, but your processor won't "bottle neck" a 460. Just make sure you have a good PSU. For one 460 I'd recommend a decent 650w.

Edited, Aug 29th 2010 12:44pm by GuardianFaith
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#5 Aug 29 2010 at 5:38 PM Rating: Good
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The problem of CPU bottlenecking is vastly overstated.

Here's an article that tests some low-end (dual core) processors against some fairly high-end ones using an HD 5850. Spoiler: there was barely a 3% difference overall.

FFXIV may show some wider gaps because it's a little more processor-heavy and makes better use of multithreading than most games. But until you get into multi-GPU systems, the differences are barely worth talking about.
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