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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 2:36:18 PM PST
Sudeley says:
if your recommending that what do you think of the ati radeon 6970?

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 1:39:16 PM PST
Sha Gojyo says:
if price doesn't matter, you might as well go for the ASUS 2GB DDR5 GTX 680 instead (forget how many bit it has). that is, if you want awesome game proformance.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 8:53:28 PM PST
br0 says:
If your computer is solely a workstation (photo editing, video rendering) you'd be better off with an Nvidia Quadro. However, if you do a combination of both gaming and work-related tasks, more CUDA cores will offer better performance.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 3:38:20 PM PST
Which of these would be better for adobe's CS6 software? I have a quad core phenom ii processor and 12gb ram. Would I be better off with a gtx 660 due to the increase in CUDA cores? I have heard that the high end gpus don't have much of a difference over the cheaper ones, only a few seconds.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 11:25:35 AM PST
Finger says:
I think I've settled on the gtx-660. Unless there's some incredible sale on GPUs that are comparable or better, this seems best for my needs in the near/medium term. Just looking at the different offerings from different manufacturers now.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 6:39:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2012 6:43:36 PM PST
Sha Gojyo says:
>>Choosing between a gtx 650ti vs gtx 660<<

i'd pick whichever one that doesn't get extremely hot, to the point where you could actually cook an egg on it. although I guess most people buy water or nitrogen cooling systems to solve that problem in hardcore gaming rigs with more than 1 GPU.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 9:16:27 AM PST
Sudeley says:
Yep thats why i said i would buy. Others like the radeon. My backup pc and my daughters pc have radeon but my main laptop is nvidia and radeon so atm my non gaming laptop has radeon so atm i am 50/50

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 8:41:18 AM PST
Eh, personal preferences. Just giving some pretty good choices I think. These are about $20-$30 more than the best deals I have seen, but not a bad idea to buy now.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 8:33:04 AM PST
Sudeley says:
If i was going up updrade i would go for the nvidia so i have the choice of software 3d.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 8:29:27 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2012 8:40:17 AM PST
Heads up, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD

$200~ after rebate, really good deal IMO.

Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHZ OC 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card (11199-03-20G)

Neck and neck with the 660 (not including beta drivers increase of 15% on FPS so this should be slightly better) $214.99 AR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127707

222, but comes with AC3.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404

230, comes with Far Cry 3

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 4:14:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 5:06:56 PM PST
Gomb says:
Oh wow ok, if you got the Mpower you have a motherboard that is several steps up from the one I got. With that unit, I think you get two PCI-e 3.0 slots and heavier circuitry to allow for over-clocking. If you go with an 850w or higher power supply you could buy a lesser AMD or Nvidia video card now and then buy a second of the same card later when they drop in price and SLI/crossfire them to keep up with the latest games. That is not an option for me since my MSI 77-G43 only has one PCI-e 3.0 slot, which is why I went with the more expensive 660ti card now.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 3:17:31 PM PST
Finger says:
No, I didn't get the G43 motherboard. I got the 'Big Bang' Z77 Mpower. There was no combo deal for it when I went there, just a $40 rebate. And I think the 3570k is intended for over clocking, though I've no idea what the limitations on the CPU might be (I don't know anything about over clocking, never done it before). I didn't see a combo anything like the one you described, but good for you striking a good deal.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 2:11:52 PM PST
Gomb says:
I just bought your exact same CPU and mobo combo (180$ Fry's deal I assume?), and I went with the $250 evga 660ti 2gb for a few dollars more. The tomshardware 'Battlefield 3' comparison shows the 660ti hitting 89 FPS where the lesser Nvidia models give much less performance and the equivalent ATI cards completely tank. This card does include a free copy of Assassin's Creed 3, but I already hit level 50 in the PS3 version so that doesn't matter much to me. I am really building this machine more for Chivalry Medieval Warfare, Battlefield 3, and DayZ. Considering the powerful proc and motherboard you got for an insane price, I would recommend you shell out the $250 and get that evga 660ti so are guaranteed at least 60 FPS for any game for a few years without overclocking. Bear in mind that the 3570K is not built to be overclocked and if you got the MSI Z77-G43 motherboard like I did, that budget circuitry barely allows any extra voltage to the processor anyways so we will be limited to stock performance on that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 12:13:48 PM PST
H. Le says:
I don't remember exactly when, but XFX did do away with the lifetime warranty. They now offer a 2-years warranty.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 11:22:46 AM PST
Maybe they did. I bought my card a few years ago when it was offered.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 11:18:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 11:18:29 AM PST
I thought XFX got rid of the lifetime warranty though?

slickdeals.net

Wait a couple weeks, and you will be able to save some big money...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 11:04:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 11:04:36 AM PST
Ah, the best sales are in their emailer through promotion codes.

MSI and EVGA are popular. So are ASUS, Sapphire, and a few others. I like XFX because it has a lifetime warranty and good resale value.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:54:29 AM PST
Finger says:
No, I'll do that. I've been looking pretty regularly over the past few days, but wasn't sure which to choose from.

I'm also not sure which specific manufacturers to choose/avoid or why. Many of them I'm unfamiliar with (zotac?), but MSI and EVGA seem very popular and well-rated.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:42:00 AM PST
Are you signed up for Newegg's emailer? They had a few GPU deals throughout the weekend.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 10:40:27 AM PST
I wish they still made HD6950 2GB cards, myself. I got mine for ~$170 a while back and unlocked the shaders + overclocked it to basically make it an HD6970. I'd love to get another for CrossFire, but they're stupid expensive now for that very reason.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:29:59 AM PST
Finger says:
Sounds like you got a terrific deal. I wouldn't normally mind waiting for a sale, but have everything else here and ready to build. A few days, I wouldn't necessarily mind. I'd thought I could find some good deals on or around Black Friday, but no luck yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 9:20:05 AM PST
I would hold off for a bit for a really good sale. I just barely got a 7870 OC 2gb for $185.

Also, look into the game bundles as well. Far Cry 3 looks to be fantastic, and that comes with all of the 7000 series. Nvidia has a few with free copies of AC3, so that might be tempting as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 7:37:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 8:15:53 AM PST
Finger says:
You're probably right. Better to go with the best one I can afford rather than mess with it again later. If I can get a good quality gtx 660 I probably won't regret it.

EDIT: And now I see that Frys has the MSI gtx-660ti on sale for $269 plus a $20 mail in rebate. That brings the price into tempting territory. A hundred bucks more than I could get away with if I went for the 650ti, but only $40 more than a 660. Decisions, decisions...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 7:33:21 AM PST
Finger says:
Thanks for the suggestion, I took a look at the site. Even though I don't understand what they're talking about, fortunately I do understand a simple bar graph! And just for kicks I also compared the 660 to the 660ti. The gap between the 660/660ti seems far smaller than between the 650ti/660.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 5:51:58 AM PST
It gives you a good idea of how the cards are built though and explains a few of those "things most people don't even understand".

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