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GTX 660 or GTX 760?

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February 11, 2014 12:51:21 PM

Hey guys I want to upgrade from my 550ti, and these two cards are on sale (both 2gb gddr5 models.) I am afraid that if I buy the 760, I'll certainly have some future-proofing for the next few years, but my cpu will bottleneck it. As it is $60 more than the 660, I want to make sure I don't waste my money. I have the AMD FX-4170 4.2 GHz cpu, 16 gb ddr3 memory, and a 750 watt psu. Thanks!

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February 11, 2014 12:57:30 PM

Judging by your limitations a 660 would be the east expensive upgrade. Certainly the 760 is better but because you will eventually hit a limit, you are best off taking those $60 and saving it towards a MOBO and CPU upgrade.
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February 11, 2014 12:59:57 PM

tachybana said:
Judging by your limitations a 660 would be the east expensive upgrade. Certainly the 760 is better but because you will eventually hit a limit, you are best off taking those $60 and saving it towards a MOBO and CPU upgrade.


I agree.
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February 11, 2014 1:01:28 PM

If you buy the GTX760, even if it is bottlenecked, you won't have wasted your money, as you'll be able to move it to a new rig. If you buy the GTX660, you may feel the desire to upgrade again sooner rather than later, which could end up costing more. In your place, I'd probably get the GTX760.
What motherboard do you have?
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February 11, 2014 1:11:01 PM

Thank you for your quick reponses!

I recognize that I may not be using the 760 to its full potential with my current setup. However, is it worth it to avoid buying another new GPU a few years down the line? Despite the bottleneck, is the 760 still going to give me similar performance to the 660? Or perhaps overclocking my cpu would help? I don't know much about bottlenecks, this was my first gaming rig. :p 

I have the Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3. I haven't upgraded anything but my HDD's in almost 2 years.
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February 11, 2014 1:14:59 PM

Your motherboard can take a CPU upgrade, if you decide to go that way in the future. Particularly if there's a Microcenter near you, on at least two occasions within the last six months they have offered the FX-8320 for only $99.
And yes, for the sake of avoiding a more expensive GPU purchase later, I'd get the GTX760 now.
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February 11, 2014 1:18:38 PM

Onus said:
Your motherboard can take a CPU upgrade, if you decide to go that way in the future. Particularly if there's a Microcenter near you, on at least two occasions within the last six months they have offered the FX-8320 for only $99.
And yes, for the sake of avoiding a more expensive GPU purchase later, I'd get the GTX760 now.


Thank you for your help! I'll keep an eye out for deals on that cpu. Hopefully I'll be able to afford it next semester!
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