Alright im gonna tell the truth im a 12 year old boy who wants to play bf3 all i need is a gpu that can last for 2-5 years and run bf3 on 1680x1050 to mr.azeem40 im not just sure if i can install drivers of amd i have read that it is a warning that its hard to install amd drivers here is what it will pair
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8gb
Seagate Barracuda 1.5 tb
NZXT GUARDIAN BLUE or STRIKE X ADVANCE
Antec neo 520 watt
LITE-ON dvd burner
The 560Ti will run bf3 on ultra, but it will not be playable. That card has similar performance to my 6950 and I run the game on high settings no problem, but when I try ultra my fps usually drops down to 30 - 40, which is not acceptable in a fast paced multiplayer game like that.
I rec you get a 7850 or a 7870, the 7850 performs on par with a 580 but uses about half the power. The 7870 outperforms the 580 along with having more memory 2 gb to 1.5gb for the 580.
I have to add the 7850 and 7870 both overclock like champs
I know your only playing at 1650 res but in 3 years don't you think you will be upgraded to to at least a 1080p panel or you could grab a couple more 1650 panels and do eyefinity surround gaming that is not possible with a 580. You will still be able to run at ultra settings at 1080p in BF3.
The 7850 and 7870 just had price drops also so a 7850 can be had for 250 and the 7870 for 300 or so and very future proof......you could always add a second card down the road for crossfire. They scale very well in crossfire.If you h77 asrock board has 2 pciE 16 slots,since they are PCIe 3.0 a 4x slot will not slow the second card since it has the same data bandwidth as a as PCIe 2.0 8x
I also have to add, do not use older reviews to compare performance between the 580 and the 7870or50, The new drivers have increased performance a lot Look at the newer reviews....you can use google to custom search for reviews in the last month or 2.
BTW my gaming rig is running a 2600k @ 4.6ghz and SLI evga 560ti Superclocked cards at 950mhz core....so i am not a AMD fanboy just trying to get everyone to the red team instead of the green team...but i would trade anyone for 2 7850s for my 1ghz stable 560 tis
Bruce, I agree, the 38A required cuts the 40A close, but that is at peak power and EVGA tends to overestimate the required amount. The 7850 is a much less power hungry card as you say, and the performance is just slightly less, but my concern is with drivers. I have always had one issue or another with AMD's drivers while my friend who has 560Tis in SLi has never had an issue at all.
All though there are no official stats on this card yet it is slated for august which is not far away. that being said because it is based on Kelper and seeing the improvements on the 670 compared to 570 and 680 compared to 580 if i were a betting man i would say the 660ti most likely will rock the 570 with much less power consumption. if you want to be somewhat future proof in your purchase i would wait 1 month for the 660 Ti