New graphics card. Nvidia or ATI? Gigabyte or MSI?

Hello guys. I just joined the site and i would like to get some opinions.
I've got the i5 3470 on a Gigabyte mobo Z77M-D3H.
I have Sapphire ATI radeon 5770 and i would like an upgrade on that.
(One of the reasons i'm upgrading is that i get crashes when i play games and i think this is the reason, but i'm not sure yet..)
So long I have been buying ATI radeon cards, but some people told me that Nvidia is better for Intel CPUs. Is that true?
Secondly , i also heard that getting PC parts from the same manufacturer is also better, in which case i found MSI n660tf and Gigabyte gtx 660 to choose from, if im going to buy Nvidia..
So what do you think?
Help me with my hesitation/decision.
Thank you.
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  1. at least tell use your budget, your PSU, and your monitor resolution, and the site u like to buy if any...

    btw as far as i know there no such thing as "Nvidia is better for Intel CPUs",
    except they are talking about APU but that also incorrect...
  2. gtx 660ti's good mid range choice from the green team but then the red team gets good deals with game bundles atm and the last driver update made a nice increase in performance on th amd side , so some thing like a 7870 LE (Tahiti ) would be nice (uses the same core as the 7950/7970's does )
    just comes down to how much u want to spend atm

    something to watch just out by Linus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aiz7HCdGEic
  3. My monitor is a 19inch (square) with max resolution 1280x1024..
    But im planning on buying a new one also, probably 22inch led.
    PSU is 700watt.
    I'm planning to buy it from Greek sites and i don't wanna spend more than 250-300 euros.

    @tassietim 7870 is a good idea, but should it the be from gigabyte? For compatibility reasons?
  4. l would go with this..

    http://www.plaisio.gr/ypologistes-anavathmisi/anavathmisi-ypologisti/vga-kartes-grafikwn/MSI-PCI-Express-x-16-3-2-GB-GDDR5-R7850-TWIN-FROZR-2GD5-OC.htm

    It cheaper and more powerfull than 660 that u listed, it came with 2 games, and Twin Frozer cooler is known to be good....
  5. or...

    u can go with the 7870 LE, this is the best card u can get under 300....

    http://www.plaisio.gr/ypologistes-anavathmisi/anavathmisi-ypologisti/vga-kartes-grafikwn/Sapphire-VGA-PCI-X-7870XT-2GB-with-Boost-11199-20-20G.htm

    saphire already been amd partner (AIB) for long time, they had good reputation...
    This don't looks like came with games bundle but i believe it supposed to had some game promotion there...

    edit: 700 watt good (brand) PSU should able to handle those card easyly....
  6. the msi game bundle one would be best

    who makes the card not much of an issue note the most evga cards are just re-badged stock whereas msi, sapphire are custom pcb designs
  7. I really do not care about the games they give. So do not take the games into consideration please..
  8. The game was just a bonus, Even it not included in consideration it will still the same.

    The HD 7870 LE > HD 7850 (2 GB) > GTX 660.....

    U can check in Tom's monthly GPU ranking / hierarchy.....
  9. rdc85 said:
    The game was just a bonus, Even it not included in consideration it will still the same.

    The HD 7870 LE > HD 7850 (2 GB) > GTX 660.....

    U can check in Tom's monthly GPU ranking / hierarchy.....



    Ok, so from what you are saying i'm gonna pick 7850 (2GB). But should it be MSI or Gigabyte or another? (considering my mobo/spec)
    +twin frozr or normal?
  10. About brand, I don't had much experience of...

    but I'm myself suprised by twinfrozer capability (in my card it keep the card below 60c), so i tend to go with the MSI Twinfrozer 7850 OC.....
  11. Ok so it's gonna be MSI Twin frozr 7850 OC.
    Case closed. Thank you everyone.
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