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GTX 650 Ti 2gb + 8GB RAM vs MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr + 4GB RAM

I'm a little confused right now. I plan to build a tower for gaming, and I got the following specs:

- i5 3470 3.2 ghz;
- Corsair 8gb RAM (2x4) ;
- Gigabyte gtx 650 ti 2gb);
- Asus P8H77-V (don't want to OC or SLI / Crossfire);
- Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200RPM;
- Corsair CX 500W Modular;
- LG Drive;

So I have two questions:

1) Would you rather upgrade to GTX 660, and put only 4GB of RAM, or stick with 8GB of RAM and remain with the slower card?

2) I'm a bit confused about the motherboard. As you may know, the i5 3470 has an integrated GPU, the HD 2500. Where will it be placed? Can I still use the GTX 650 Ti or GTX 660? Explain Please.


Thanks
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  1. Ok, first off, keep your 8GB of RAM. The 660 would only give you a tiny performance boost that's not worth the price.

    Second, the integrated graphics is built into the CPU. It doesn't go anywhere in the motherboard, so don't worry about that. Third, your dedicated graphics card will overrule the integrated graphics by default unless you specifically tell the computer otherwise (don't know why you would).

    Hope this answers your questions--
  2. #1) I would 660 & 1x8gb and add 1x8 later.
    #2) Hd 2500 is in the CPU chip itself & requires no space. the 660 or any card will disable the hd2500 automatically when installed. enjoy
  3. I was also leaning towards the 8gb Ram, I mean I won't need to add ram anytime soon and that graphics card will also do it for me, I can only play at 1360x768 so it can run most games at least on medium with high fps. Is this motherboard good? Does it have any limitations or is it enough for me? Thanks, once again
  4. Explosivx3 said:
    I'm a little confused right now. I plan to build a tower for gaming, and I got the following specs:

    - i5 3470 3.2 ghz;
    - Corsair 8gb RAM (2x4) ;
    - Gigabyte gtx 650 ti 2gb);
    - Asus P8H77-V (don't want to OC or SLI / Crossfire);
    - Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200RPM;
    - Corsair CX 500W Modular;
    - LG Drive;

    So I have two questions:

    1) Would you rather upgrade to GTX 660, and put only 4GB of RAM, or stick with 8GB of RAM and remain with the slower card?

    2) I'm a bit confused about the motherboard. As you may know, the i5 3470 has an integrated GPU, the HD 2500. Where will it be placed? Can I still use the GTX 650 Ti or GTX 660? Explain Please.


    Thanks


    Go for GTX 660. It's better than 650 Ti. And, intel HD 2500 is integrated in the processor itself.
  5. Best answer
    GTX660 is a fair bit better than the GTX650 Ti last time I checked.
    - Especially since RAM is more modular and you can run 1x4GB then add 1x4GB later.

    The GTX660 has HEAPS more video memory throughput and has almost 24,0000 Mpixels/sec fill rate:
    - 23,520 Mpixels/sec
    - I don't usually recommend GPUs with under 24 Gpixels/sec fill rate, but the GTX660 is close enough.

    If you're playing 3D games at under 1920x1080 it won't matter anyway. :)

    As for the GTX650 TI Boost vs regular GTX660:
    - http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-660-Ti-vs-GeForce-GTX-650-Ti-Boost

    The GTX660 is still a MUCH better GPU and you only need 3GB of RAM to get the most from it.
  6. That comparison between the cards isn't even fair. You just sent a link to the 660 Ti and not the regular 660, so how could they be even similar. I would prefer to keep the RAM and just get the 650 Ti Boost, it will do for me. I know the gtx 660 is better, but getting it would mean a downgrade to 4GB, and imo 4GB won't be enough in future, the same thing can't be said about the gtx 650 ti, which can run most games at least on high in 1080p, and I don't even have a monitor that supports that resolution, only 1360x768, so it feets my needs.
  7. Explosivx3 said:
    That comparison between the cards isn't even fair. You just sent a link to the 660 Ti and not the regular 660, so how could they be even similar. I would prefer to keep the RAM and just get the 650 Ti Boost, it will do for me. I know the gtx 660 is better, but getting it would mean a downgrade to 4GB, and imo 4GB won't be enough in future, the same thing can't be said about the gtx 650 ti, which can run most games at least on high in 1080p, and I don't even have a monitor that supports that resolution, only 1360x768, so it feets my needs.


    Exactly, answered your own question and I couldn't have said it any better :)
  8. It's easier, and cheaper, to upgrade the RAM later than the video card as you don't need to throw or resell existing parts in your system.

    It's your money though.

    Sorry about the URL, I copy/pasted the wrong one, but you can edit it and use that site for fairer GPU comparisons.
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