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will my computer run a gtx 660 and what gtx 660 is best value

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June 24, 2013 7:20:06 PM

hi i am upgrading my graphics card and am definately getting a gtx 660 just want to no what is the best cheapest card to buy

ocz 500 watt core xtreme psu
amd athlon quad core 2.3ghz black edition
4gb of ddr2 memory

will this card run ok on this machine as i am currently using a radeon hd 5670 and the frame rate on 1920x1080 isnt up to the job even on low settings

all help would be appreciated as im in the uk anyone no of the best deals around as i have been looking at

gigabyte
asus
msi twin frozr 3
evga gtx660 super clocked

have also come across these gtx 660s

leadtek gtx 660 dont no anything about this brand
KFA2 GeForce GTX 660 EX OC which i believe is galaxy in the usa

as these 2 cards above and brands are not known to me at all so
if anyone has these cards any info would be much appreciated

if anybody could help would be much appreciated as i am getting the card in the next few days
a c 110 U Graphics card
June 24, 2013 7:29:10 PM

The GTX 660 should sit in the 110-130 watt range in game conditions(10-20 for almost everything else). This means you do have the needed power.

For best results, I hope your case has a bottom mounted power supply as that will let it run cooler than sucking warmer cpu heated air.

Please note that the card will most likely be held back by the cpu is some games.

As for company, Check the reviews, Your top 4 all make good cards. I have an MSI(650 ti) card in my media center and it has worked perfect(cool/quiet/no crashes) so far..
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a c 280 U Graphics card
June 24, 2013 7:32:14 PM

Your low GHZ Athlon II X4 may bottle neck the GX 660 a bit, but it will still be a major upgrade to the gfx card you have now. The factory OC 660s in my sig are excellent cards. But your two adjectives of 'best' and 'cheapest' sometimes can be mutually exclusive. I used to be a big fan of EVGA (and still am), but am very impressed with the Twin Frozr design of these MSI cards... quiet, extremely good cooling.
You'll have to find a UK site, but here is the card from Newegg in the US: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 25, 2013 4:13:01 AM

thanks for the answers guys is much appreciated have ordered this will be with me monday


MSI GeForce GTX 660 TwinFrozr III OC 2GB GDDR5
1033MHz Core, 1098MHz Boost, 960 CUDA Cores, 2 x DVI, HDMI, DPort, PCIe 3.0, 3 Year Warranty
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a c 110 U Graphics card
June 25, 2013 6:14:53 AM

Seems like a good choice :) 
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June 25, 2013 7:16:00 AM

no this probably needs another thread but if i upgrade my processor motherboard and memory for round about 450 dollars what would u recomend as i no about the Intel Core I5 3570K Ivy Bridge 1155 3.4Ghz 6MB but am more of an amd man and was also looking at this AMD FX8-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8 Core Processor AM3+ 4.0GHz 16MB 125W if i got these what would the recomended mother board and and memory be
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June 25, 2013 8:07:21 AM

byogamingpc said:
If you want a 660 http://amzn.to/19yG2jB this one is a pretty good deal right now. You may want to check out the 760's and upgrading though.


the superclocked version of that card was the one i was looking at but in the end i went with

MSI GeForce GTX 660 TwinFrozr III OC 2GB GDDR5
1033MHz Core, 1098MHz Boost, 960 CUDA Cores, 2 x DVI, HDMI, DPort, PCIe 3.0, 3 Year Warranty
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a c 280 U Graphics card
June 25, 2013 2:13:45 PM

I just recently assembled a build with this CPU/MB combo:
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The MB has x8,x8 SLI or CF capability if you ever decide to add a 2nd GTX660. The 6-core FX-6300 is kinda the sweet spot in the AMD lineup right now. Not too expensive, but fast enough to game great. I had the 2 x GTX 660s in my sig in it for awhile. Great performer.
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June 25, 2013 2:28:05 PM

I posted a question similar to this recently.

What I am doing, which I suggest you do too, is wait a little. The 760 is released now, and I believe it is being released on different websites and manufacturers very soon. The 760 has similar performance to 660 Ti, I believe it is a little better, and currently seems to be cheaper. I think that would be the best option for the price range. (It is around £200).
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June 25, 2013 3:41:40 PM

clutchc said:
I just recently assembled a build with this CPU/MB combo:
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The MB has x8,x8 SLI or CF capability if you ever decide to add a 2nd GTX660. The 6-core FX-6300 is kinda the sweet spot in the AMD lineup right now. Not too expensive, but fast enough to game great. I had the 2 x GTX 660s in my sig in it for awhile. Great performer.


i had been looking at this as a combo what do u think of these


AMD Piledriver FX-8 Eight Core 8350 4.00Ghz (Socket AM3+) Processor - Retail


G.Skill RipJawsX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 PC3-14900C10 1866MHz Dual Channel Kit

ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard which is my cheaper option

but am really after this if funds will allow

Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AMD 990FX AM3+ Motherboard Rev2

then just need a reasonably good psu as i no my ocz 500w core xtreme wont be up to the job

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a c 280 U Graphics card
June 25, 2013 5:07:42 PM

Those are good choices. Your PSU must be one of OCZ's lower models. A 500W with 2 x 18A (+12V) rails seems a little light. More like a 400W PSU. So yeah, an upgrade there might be a good idea.
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