EVGA 660 ti vs MSI 660ti vs MSI 7870

locke9342

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next few months
BUDGET RANGE: 300 although im not above spending more and saving longer

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: FPS like borderlands 2 battlefield 3 and crysis 3 later

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: corsair tx2 750 watt

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i5 3570k 4.0 asrock z77 extreme 4 hyper 212 coming

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newweg

PARTS PREFERENCES: i like nividea because of physx but amd is good to, also evga msi saphire and asus are my favorite manufatuors for gpus

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: unsure but very low im not sure its really old

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i have found these 3 gpus to pick from http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127681

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127696

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130817

any other sugestions are welcome
 

Chairman Ray

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We can rule out the 3GB card since 2GB will be more than enough for games.

Between the 660ti and the 7870, I would go for the 7870 just because it's cheaper. If your monitor has an older resolution, then either one will be more than enough and you can probably settle for an even cheaper card and be able to max out.
 

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The highest performing gpu under $300 is the Radeon HD 7870 XT (also known as Radeon HD 7870 LE). It is not the same thing as the normal 7870. TH did a review on it a little while ago and it is the best choice unless you can find a gtx 670 or radeon hd 7950 for under $300.
 

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can u send me a link to a 78070 xt or le im not familiar with these. Also a new monitor is on the list however the resolution still might not be very high but still better than the one i have now or i have considered using a tv
 

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The 7870 XT and 660 ti are extremely close in performance. If you have a multi monitor setup or a resolution above 1080p or you like to overclock as far as you possibly can then you should go with AMD. If physx is important to you or you want to try 3d gaming in the future or you have a resolution lower than 1080p then you should go with nvidia.
 

nacos

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It's a bit riskier than cpu overclocking in the sense that your computer won't shut off if it gets too hot, but you will be fine as long as you overclock in small increments at a time. To test if an overclock is stable, use heaven dx11 or 3dmark11 or a similar program. Do not use furmark or kombustor or occt or programs like that because they stress your gpu a lot more than any game will ever do. AMD is recommended over nvidia for overclockers because nvidia locks the voltage on their graphics cards while AMD doesn't.
 

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it does look really good but what about the 7870 xt im leaning in that direction now
 

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If you're playing on a really old, low-res monitor you could go cheaper and still max everything.

on a low res a 7770 or GTX650Ti is really all you need.

Also PhysX is close to useless, 27 games use it, and maybe 4 are games you've heard about. I wouldn't let that influence your decision.
 

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This is true. The goal of Crysis 3 is for it to be just like the original Crysis where nobody can max it out on release and very few people can play it comfortably even on low settings.