Which video card should I get.

Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660 Ti 3 gb


Radeon HD 7950 3gb

right now im leaning towards the Radeon because I need to save some money... will it change the video quality and speed much. for better or worse?

Also If you can, Ssd comparison as well.

Kingston HyperX 3K 120 gb

Samsung 830 series 128 gb

Thank you in advanced !
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  1. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performance/

    the 7950 performs close if not better than the 660ti in most cases with the recent driver. plus the memory bandwidth helps if you're not fond of FXAA and want something like 4/8xMSAA. also three free games.

    as for the SSD; not an aficionado but i do know that many here recommend the samsung for reliability. just look at the number of Newegg's customer reviews and rating.
  2. just thought id let you know i have had 2 of the Radeon HD series and both over heated the second i put them into my computer. I had a Radeon HD 5870 it over heated the second i put it into my computer. Then went out and bought a Radeon HD 7950 that overheated has well. I have a 3ft case with 12 fans so... I went out and bought a gtx 580 and now im in heaven no overheating or anything. I found that the Radeon HD's overheat a lot . Or maybe it was just me being very unlucky to get 2 faulty ones...
  3. The Kingston HyperX 3K 120 gb is 1 dollar cheaper on amazon and write speed is 200MBs faster and about 30MBs read
  4. I have read that the 660ti is not really powerful enough to take advantage of 3GB of VRAM so you could step it down to one of the 2GB versions and be totally fine. Also, if you're only gaming on a single monitor, 2GB versions of either card should be fine so you should be able to save a few bucks on both cards.

    Not sure if any of the games you play (or will be playing) support physx but if you want that extra eye-candy, you probably should go with the 660ti unless you have a powerful CPU to offload the physx to.

    I would stick with the Nvidia 600 or HD 7000 series as they are both the newest generations. The 600 series is considerably more power efficient than the 500 series.

    As for the SSDs - you likely would not even notice the difference between the two so whichever you can find cheaper is what I would recommend. I have the 840 pro and it is extremely fast. I switched from an OCZ Agility 4 to the Samsung 840 and other than startup/shutdown (faster by a couple seconds but if I hadn't checked the startup times I wouldn't have even noticed because both SSDs offered extremely quick startup/shutdowns), everything seems to be about the same as far as I can tell . Sure, the benchmarks indicated a sizable increase in measured performance but its hardly noticeable in the real world.

    All of that said, I suggest getting the Samsung 830 because it has a good reputation as being one of the faster SSDs available and I have seen some pretty good deals on it lately (128GB for under $100).
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