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MSI N660TI TF 3GD5/OC or ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5

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April 11, 2013 8:18:48 PM

Hi i am building my new system and right now i have two GPU in my hand.. i ordered both going to return 1 of them and i am not sure which one to keep, i heard MSI have really bad build quality is that right? and is 3G GPU ram make big difference compare to 2G?

MSI N660TI TF 3GD5/OC -$297 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-127-...

ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 -$285.2 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-121-...

i have or looking for is
i7-3770k

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 or Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H
(haven't decide on this one either ASRock is $95 and Gigabyte is $70 any tip is welcome on this one too)

16G ram (still looking the price is ridiculous high right now)
(btw what is different between 9-9-9 or 11-11-11, big difference or no)

PSU-Cooler Master Silent Pro M700 700w

case is Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl

This is my last build computer is 8 yrs ago so i am very behind on computer knowledge now so please help thanks


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April 11, 2013 8:26:03 PM

I have MSI gtx660ti OC PE and im loving it, its 1 of my better choice on GPU's that ive purchased, its a matter of preferrence and if you decide to get MSI you wont regret it! Trust! My build is i5 3570k ASRock z77 extreme4 500GB Toshiba hdd Thermaltake OVERSEER, 600w Corsair CX and i run everything on ULTRA on an ASUS 24" 1980 x 1200 Crystal Clear! Rep up please ty
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April 11, 2013 8:39:14 PM

You forgot to mention your monitor resolution. The 3GB on the MSI card will be useless on a normal 1080 or 1200 monitor.

Out of those cards, on a regular monitor, I would absolutely go with the Asus DirectCU. It's way cheaper with the rebate and has one of the best coolers they make, very quiet and very effective.

GamerExtreme's MSI Power Edition has the Twin Frozr IV cooler, which is a bit better than the Twin Frozr III cooler you have listed in the original post. They improved it in several ways, but the newer model is quieter. So only go with the MSI card for the extra memory if you are running on a higher 1440 resolution monitor, otherwise get the Asus.

In terms of your RAM, absolutely get the CL9 memory as opposed to the CL11 memory. With RAM, latency is even more important than speed when it comes to performance. So the timings on the 9-9-9 are "tighter", meaning less latency and less time the RAM spends waiting for instructions, which is faster.

I like your PSU. It's a quality one and should be just enough power to add a second GTX 660 Ti in the future for SLI. But that would be the minimum for SLI, so if you can bump up to 750 watts, that would be better, but totally not necessary at all.
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_geforce_gtx_6...
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April 11, 2013 9:06:36 PM

17seconds said:
You forgot to mention your monitor resolution. The 3GB on the MSI card will be useless on a normal 1080 or 1200 monitor.

Out of those cards, on a regular monitor, I would absolutely go with the Asus DirectCU. It's way cheaper with the rebate and has one of the best coolers they make, very quiet and very effective.

GamerExtreme's MSI Power Edition has the Twin Frozr IV cooler, which is a bit better than the Twin Frozr III cooler you have listed in the original post. They improved it in several ways, but the newer model is quieter. So only go with the MSI card for the extra memory if you are running on a higher 1440 resolution monitor, otherwise get the Asus.

In terms of your RAM, absolutely get the CL9 memory as opposed to the CL11 memory. With RAM, latency is even more important than speed when it comes to performance. So the timings on the 9-9-9 are "tighter", meaning less latency and less time the RAM spends waiting for instructions, which is faster.

I like your PSU. It's a quality one and should be just enough power to add a second GTX 660 Ti in the future for SLI. But that would be the minimum for SLI, so if you can bump up to 750 watts, that would be better, but totally not necessary at all.
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_geforce_gtx_6...


my monitor right now is old 22" Viewsonic VX2255WM with resolution of 1680x1050
i am thinking of change to a 22"-24" one 1920x1080 or 1980x1200 depend on the deals out there, but i am intent to play Skyrim with alot mods. i was temping keeping MSI is because it have more memory for just 12 dollars more than the ASUS, but oh well i will go with ASUS then.
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April 11, 2013 9:15:52 PM

If you include the rebates, the difference is $300 versus $260.

Now, I totally neglected to mention the one exception to the 2GB vs. 3GB rule: Heavily modded Skyrim. Once you start adding mods to Skyrim, then the VRam usage starts to pile up quickly. Now, that would be a really good reason to get the 3GB MSI Twin Frozr III card (which is still a really nice card).

After adding the Dragonborn DLC, my VRam usage easily hits 1.5 GB with zero mods (the maximum on my GTX 580), so I can see how it can quickly go up from there.
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April 11, 2013 9:58:18 PM

17seconds said:
If you include the rebates, the difference is $300 versus $260.

Now, I totally neglected to mention the one exception to the 2GB vs. 3GB rule: Heavily modded Skyrim. Once you start adding mods to Skyrim, then the VRam usage starts to pile up quickly. Now, that would be a really good reason to get the 3GB MSI Twin Frozr III card (which is still a really nice card).

After adding the Dragonborn DLC, my VRam usage easily hits 1.5 GB with zero mods (the maximum on my GTX 580), so I can see how it can quickly go up from there.


thanks for the info.

sorry i wasn't clear about the price i post up there. After gpu model is what i paid for after if i get the rebate back, difference is MSI deal was expired it was 300-30=270 after rebate but i live in ca there is tax for me so after rebate my real cost will be 297. and ASUS deal live after MSI deal expired it is 280-20=260 after rebate and with tax it become 285 for me. i ordered both card when deal is live just happen to got time to pick up my orders from newegg warehouse today.

Thanks for you help man really help me and give me a clear picture what parts to buy for the remaining missing parts
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