Xfx 6670 vs sapphire 6670

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lisa91266

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I am building a computer and would like to know which graphics card would best fit this build.

-1 x BYTECC 18" Serial ATA-150/300 Cable w/Locking Latch Model SATA-118C
-2 x G.SKILL Value 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBNT
-1 x AMD Phenom II X6 1035T Thuban 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT35TWFK6DGR - OEM
-1 x Rosewill RNX-N250PC IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft PCI Draft N 2T2R Wireless Adapter Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA/WPA2; WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK; 64/128 BIT WEP; TKIP/AES
-1 x HEC 6C28BBX585 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 585W Power Supply
-1 x Thermaltake A4022 92mm CPU Cooler
-1 x LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
-1 x MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
-1 x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I am building this computer for my daughter who is majoring in 3D Graphics and Animation. I was told she would need at least 1GB memory dedicated for the GC. I will be installing W7(64Bit) Pro O/S. She also enjoys playing Sims 3 games and all of the expansion packs. I know her current pc (Vista Home Basic-32bit- GC--> NVidia geforce 8400 GS) is having trouble with Sims 3 Pets. After an hour, it closes the Sims 3 game. I am also thinking about adding a tv tuner card if anyone has any recommendations on one of those too.

These are the cards I have been looking at:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150545

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102940

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150540

I would truly appreciate some feedback.

Thank you.
 
The Sapphire card is out of stock. Of the two XFX HD 5670s, I would select the last link since the card is $90 after rebate.

Before running out to buy Windows 7, try doing a fresh install of Vista. At worse you will waste time if the Sims 3 continues to crash after installing the new video card. At best you will save money. Addtionally, there is no real reason for most people to buy the Win 7 Pro. Win 7 Home should be fine. The Pro version has some additional features that are more useful in a business evironment than a home environment.

Sorry, but I can't recommend a TV tuner since I never owned one.
 

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Thank you for your response. I agree with you on the additional memory; I ordered 2(4GB) modules. I just wasn't sure if there was a big difference between a Sapphire and a XFX; or a 6670 vs a 6770.


Thanks again.
 

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Good choice on the 6770 - it's a gamer card whereas the 6670 is for people that just watch media and never game (the 6770 works great with media too).

I have this tuner (USB) and it's great - setup is a bit twitchy though: it's easy for over the air channels and cable, not so much with satellite.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116034

Hauppauge is always my choice for tuners.
 


Sorry. But apparently I wasn't paying too much attention when I clicked the links. I thought all of the video card were HD 6670s.

The HD 6670 is a mainstream video card that is generally good for the average person who does not demand much performance or doesn't want to spend too much money.

The HD 6770 would an "entry level" card for someone who want video card to play games with the eye candy turned up a bit.
 



while i agree that the 56/6670 isnt a top tier card its enough to EASILY max out sims, fall out, etc (not crysis or gta iv) but still, i max out the sims and still multi task the heck outta it without going below 60FPS at 1920 x 1080 :)

and yes i am seriously kicking myself for not spending the extra on a 57/6770 :D
 

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For someone majoring in 3D Design and Animation, the extra money on the GPU is easily worth it - go with the 6770. Rendering homework will be much easier :)
 
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