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#1 Oct 01 2010 at 12:11 AM Rating: Good
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I'm sure you fine gentlemen don't like seeing a bunch of tech help threads, so I apologize. However, I'm not confident enough in the newer hardware to make this upgrade without getting a second opinion. Here are my current specs:

Mobo: ASUS P5KC
GPU: EVGA GeForce 9600 GT 512MB
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz
RAM: 4GB G.SKILL (1GB x4)
PSU: Corsair HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520W

None of the components are overclocked since I am lazy, but hopefully my PSU is strong enough for me to overclock the CPU/RAM if necessary to meet FFXIV's demands. There's no way I can afford an i5 or i7 so I was thinking of purchasing one of the following video cards:



- EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card



- GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

- EVGA 01G-P3-1371-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

- ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card



The EVGA 768 MB is cheaper and my preferred manufacturer but I feel it might be worth it to spend a bit more for the GIGABYTE (Sparkle? No thank you.) or even $10 more for the EVGA or the beastly looking ASUS 1GB versions.

Is the 768 MB version enough for FFXIV or are the 1GB cards worth the extra oomph? Any preference between those three? I've always just gone with EVGA, PNY, or XFX in the past so I was wondering how GIGABYTE and ASUS's offerings would stack up.

Corsair is a quality manufacturer as far as I'm concerned, and I believe 520W is enough to run a GTX 460 but I'm not sure and I'm illiterate as far as concerning rails and amps and I may not meet requirements when I start overclocking things. Here's the rest of the junk for my power supply: ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply.

Not to be a hater or anything, but I never buy AMD's products and have stopped using ATI since AMD bought them, so please don't suggest any parts manufactured by AMD. Thanks for your time, guys.
#2 Oct 01 2010 at 12:50 AM Rating: Decent
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The 768MB also has a cutdown amount of ROPs available to it against the 1GB so the 1GB is significantly faster, I would highly recommend you if you get a GTX460 to be the 1GB
#3 Oct 01 2010 at 12:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Recommended System Specs: Minimum System Requirements:
OS: Windows® 7 32bit / 64bit OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 (2.66GHz) or faster Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0ghz / AMD Athlon X2 2.0ghz
Memory: 4GB or more Memory: Win XP: 1.5Gb / Win 7: 2.0Gb
Storage: Install: 15GB or more Storage: Install: 15GB or more
Download: 6GB or more Download: 6GB or more
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 with 768MB VRAM

I would not go with a GTX 460 1gb as your cpu will bottleneck it, your cpu is slowga. and i would not try to SLI or Crossfire with that PSU or your puter will go boom after the psu dies lol
#4 Oct 01 2010 at 12:53 AM Rating: Default
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Recommended System Specs: Minimum System Requirements:
OS: Windows® 7 32bit / 64bit OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 (2.66GHz) or faster Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0ghz / AMD Athlon X2 2.0ghz
Memory: 4GB or more Memory: Win XP: 1.5Gb / Win 7: 2.0Gb
Storage: Install: 15GB or more Storage: Install: 15GB or more
Download: 6GB or more Download: 6GB or more
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 with 768MB VRAM

I would not go with a GTX 460 1gb as your gpu will bottleneck it, your cpu is slowga. and i would not try to SLI or Crossfire with that PSU or your puter will go boom after the psu dies lol
#5 Oct 01 2010 at 12:54 AM Rating: Default
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delete the 2nd double post ><
#6 Oct 01 2010 at 2:34 AM Rating: Decent
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redpoop wrote:


I would not go with a GTX 460 1gb as your gpu will bottleneck it, your cpu is slowga. and i would not try to SLI or Crossfire with that PSU or your puter will go boom after the psu dies lol


Overclock your Q6600 and you'll be fine, an OC'd Q6600 is not going to bottleneck a GTX460.
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