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July 3, 2013 6:53:27 AM

I have been wanting to get a new graphic card for my computer. I have been looking around a lot on the forums in here to be as informed as possible.
What i have found so far that interests me is from nvidia, i have looked at cards such as:
gtx 650 ti, gtx 660 ti and gtx 670

My specs are:
Corsair CX430 V2 - 430W
ASUS EAH6450 SILENT/DI/1GD3(LP) - HD6450 1GB
Kingston ValueRAM - 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
ASUS M5A78L-M LX V2
AMD Phenom II X2 560 / 3.3 GHz Processor - 6MB AM3

I wanted to get the gtx 670 to start with, but soon realised that it might not be the best choice because my cpu might bottleneck it, also i would need to buy a new psu to support the needs of it. So now I'm leaning more to the gtx 650 ti.

Would the gtx 650 ti be a good card for my current setup?
If not, what would you recommend?

I don't plan on upgrading my setup in the near future, cause I imagine if I want to upgrade even further to something like the gtx 670 or better, i would have to upgrade my cpu, psu and add more ram.

Thanks in advance.
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July 3, 2013 6:55:07 AM

It's a very good choice, but the GTX650 Ti Boost is a major performance gain (35% on average) and only slightly more expensive. Your PSU should handle it absolutely fine.
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July 3, 2013 6:58:47 AM

I agree with the above however the GTX660 (non-Ti) is again only slightly more expensive than the GTX650Ti BOOST an performs quite a bit better :) 
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July 3, 2013 7:04:43 AM

Yep, excellent choice considering the CPU you have. I think that anything above the 650-Ti Boost will be bottlenecked by the CPU.

This should give you a balanced system for moderate gaming for a couple of years, and you can start to save in order to buy a new system.
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July 3, 2013 7:22:37 AM

sam_p_lay said:
It's a very good choice, but the GTX650 Ti Boost is a major performance gain (35% on average) and only slightly more expensive. Your PSU should handle it absolutely fine.


MC_K7 said:
Yep, excellent choice considering the CPU you have. I think that anything above the 650-Ti Boost will be bottlenecked by the CPU.

This should give you a balanced system for moderate gaming for a couple of years, and you can start to save in order to buy a new system.


Wow, thanks for all the fast replies :D 

I'm leaning a lot towards the gtx 660 now since it would be that one step up but still fit to my specs
according to this psu list http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
it would also fit to the 430w psu i have, likewise the gtx 650 ti would, but the gtx 650 ti boost recommends 450w.

Do you think that even the gtx 660 would be bottlenecked by my cpu, or is it close enough to the 650 ti's not be a noticeable difference?

or that the gtx 650 ti boost would not notice this 20w lack of power?
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a b U Graphics card
July 3, 2013 7:30:00 AM

I'd say both are true. The two models are very close interms of performance and power (and despite those requirements, the GTX650 Ti Boost will draw less power as you'd expect). 430 watts should be ample for either.
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