Need advice on video card upgrade

Hello, I am looking to upgrade my graphics card soon from my current GTX 460 to either the GTX 660 Ti or the GTX 670.
the cards in question are:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127696
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685
Current:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130566

My current build is a budget system i built and i am looking to replace the video card and then the CPU/mobo later on.
Asrock H61iCafe
Intel I5-2400
Nvidia GTX 460

I will be overclocking the card sooner or later and was attracted to the MSI cards because of the triple overvoltage feature on both cards. In the future, maybe a year or two I may get a second card for SLI but at the moment that is not a priority.

If it makes any difference the CPU i am looking to get after i get a new video card is the i5-3570K or the i7-3770K

The main reason i am unsure which card to get is because i am not exactly sure how much the smaller memory interface on the 660 would affect the card.

Also would my current CPU wouldn't bottleneck either of these card too bad would it?
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  1. Well, if you are primarily gaming then the 3570K would be the better choice.

    But if you were to not change your motherboard with the 3570K, it would be pointless. You would not be able to overclock the 3570K on the H61 chipset motherboard. You need a Z77 to do that.

    As for the card, I would recommend the 660Ti over the 670, since its only 8% slower. And since you have a GTX460, it should run the 660Ti.
  2. I know that i cant overclock my CPU or one i buy with this motherboard, it was a budget build and my first build I didn't think i would be overclocking anything at the time. When I upgrade I would be getting a CPU and motherboard at the same time.

    As for the video card, the even though the 660Ti has 25% smaller memory bus it only reduces performance by ~8%?
  3. tygannas said:
    I know that i cant overclock my CPU or one i buy with this motherboard, it was a budget build and my first build I didn't think i would be overclocking anything at the time. When I upgrade I would be getting a CPU and motherboard at the same time.

    As for the video card, the even though the 660Ti has 25% smaller memory bus it only reduces performance by ~8%?

    Yup there are TONS of benchmark comparison videos on Youtube, seems they almost perform neck and neck.
  4. Theyre pretty close in performance yes. The 8% does not justify the extra $120 in my opinion.
  5. The 660ti is extremely valuable at 1080p single monitor 60hz. At any resolution higher than that memory speed becomes more important with high vram use.

    the $220ish investment to overclock the cpu is not worth it until after the graphics upgrade.
  6. Thanks for your input, I think I have decided to go with a 660.

    I've been researching all night and just came across a 3gb 660 Ti, while the one I had in mind was only a 2gb but has very good overclocking capabilities.

    These are the 2 i am looking at now,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127696
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162119

    I'm leaning towards the MSI card since I can only go to 1680 x 1050 with my monitor.
  7. tygannas said:
    Thanks for your input, I think I have decided to go with a 660.

    I've been researching all night and just came across a 3gb 660 Ti, while the one I had in mind was only a 2gb but has very good overclocking capabilities.

    These are the 2 i am looking at now,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127696
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162119

    I'm leaning towards the MSI card since I can only go to 1680 x 1050 with my monitor.

    I think the 3gb would be a bit unnecessary right? The 2gig version should be splendid, that is the version I am most likely going to purchase.
  8. That's what I thought too, just thought Id through it out there.
  9. Deemo13 said:
    Theyre pretty close in performance yes. The 8% does not justify the extra $120 in my opinion.


    You guys do realize that the most reviews compared a OCed 660Ti ($310-$330) to a stock GTX 670 ($400) right... (stock GTX 660ti performs 10-20% worse than stock GTX 670...)

    So basically a 25% price cut for 18% performance cut. If he has the money, he should get the GTX 670 FTW ($408 but factory oced to 1006mhz... and outperforms the Asus GTX 660 ti by roughly 15% (regardless of the OC, both are the same chip and can roughly be OCed the same amount (1200+ mhz core clock usually) with the GTX 670 coming out on top by 10-20%)

    But ya. if you're gaming at 1680x1050, 2 GB vram is more than enough even if you're running a lot of mods on skyrim...
  10. I'm aware that its comparing overclocked 660 to stock 670 but I also want to upgrade my CPU/mobo in the near future. That $100 does make a pretty large dent and I can always get a second card for SLI in a few years if i need to.
  11. tygannas said:
    I'm aware that its comparing overclocked 660 to stock 670 but I also want to upgrade my CPU/mobo in the near future. That $100 does make a pretty large dent and I can always get a second card for SLI in a few years if i need to.


    You might as well as get the 7950 then... since it's price drops to $319 this weekend and it outperforms the 660ti oced on a lot of games...
  12. Id prefer to stick to nvidia, a friend of mine has had a lot of problems with his AMD cards.

    That being said I starting looking into the 670 cards again because of your previous recommendation of of the FTW card and if I sell my current card I could manage a the GTX 670 FTW
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