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GTX660 ti or Radeon 7950 for this setup

Last response: in Systems
November 5, 2012 9:02:43 PM


I am going to purchase a new rig for gaming and programming,running server emulation for local debugging and server programming,watching full HD movies and photoshop works.

Both CPU and GPU will be OCed.
Running Windows 7 Ultimate.
1920x1080 resolution.
HDD 7200 rpm.

This is what I have in mind:

- I am going to run SLI/Xfire in the future.Is the PSU good or is it overkill for my system?I would prefer to have a PSU with 4 x 6+2 on the 12v rail.
- MSI RADEON HD7950 OC 3GB GDDR5 costs me the same as the MSI GTX660 ti power edition OC.Which way to go?Will the setup work for SLI/Xfire?Which card do you recomend for HD7950(might get a good deal on other brands)?

I play everything from Skyrim to Guild Wars 2,meaning CPU depend and CPU little effect on FPS.I dont mind loading screens.

Any other comments on the build are welcome.

Thanks in advance.

More about : gtx660 radeon 7950 setup

November 5, 2012 9:58:13 PM

i would change the case and PSU and thats about it

also a 7870 beats 660 Ti and the 7870 has pretty close performance to a 7950

for PSU get this

for case i would recommend CM haf xm, 500R, 600T(if you want that side window) or a CM storm styker if you have enough room to keep it

it is a shame that you will not at least get a 128GB samsung 830 SSD for the money you are putting in though
November 5, 2012 10:21:40 PM

Since you don't really mind loading screens that kind of is the end of the SSD argument for you however there are more uses then just boot time and load times.

If you have no intent to play games that utilize physx or 3D surround you are better off with the 7950 its overall better card and priced better.

The phantom cases are very highly received with people you aren't going wrong with that.

I'm in agreeance about the power supply however. I side more with the xfx power supply because its seasonic based. not that the power supply by nzxt is bad.

Sapphire also makes great cards from the AMD camp. And by the looks newegg has a hard time keeping them in stock.
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November 5, 2012 10:37:16 PM

Yes,I know SSD's are good due to their high speed and being less prone to malfunction than a HDD but here is portugal they are crazy expensive,more than 1 euro per Gb on the lowest possible value SSD so I'd rather wait it out.

Switched to a XFX 750w XXX edition and saved 30 euros.

I rarely see "nVidia-pro" games around probably because game companies decided to support both AMD and Nvidia for profit.

Is it worth the extra 44 euros to go 7950 instead of GTX660ti?I am looking at 316 eur Vs 360 eur , thats ~14% more expensive than a GTX660ti here.
November 5, 2012 11:07:21 PM

It's a close competition with the recent drastic price reductions from AMD but I'd stick w/ the 660 Ti ....

Here's the results of techpowerups testing in common games (Alan Wake, AvP, Batman Arkham City, BF3, BattleForge, COD4, Civilization 5, Crysis. Crysis 2, Dirt 3, Dragon Age II, Hard Reset, Metro 2033, Stalker CoP, Starcraft 2, Shogun 2, Skyrim, WoW, Diablo II, Max Payne 3, Sniper Elite V2) on the cards mentioned so far:

660 Ti gets 1387.41 fps for $280 at a cost of $0.20 per frame
7870 gets 1236.6 fps for $240 at a cost of $0.19 per frame
7950 gets 1348.2 fps for $300 at a cost of $0.22 per frame

Only 3% win for the 660 Ti on fps but it grows to 10% when cost per frame is considered.

Hardware.Info uses AvP High 4AA, Batman AC Very High 4AA, BF3 Ultra High 4AA, Crysis 2 Ultra High Edge AA, Dirt 3 Ultra 4AA, Hard Reset Ultra 4AA, Metro 2033 Very High, Skyrim High 4AA and Shogun 2 Ultra 4AA in their Game Suite

GTX 660 Ti gets 566.0 fps at cost of $0.49 per frame
HD 7950 gets 557.4 fps at cost of $0.54 per frame

Again, only 1.5% win for the 660 Ti on fps here but again it grows to 10% when cost per frame is considered.

$280 and factory OC'd

I'd grab the Phanteks (5 year warranty, great aesthetics) over the Noc (1 year warranty, fugly looks)

I'd take the Corsir 500R over the Phantom also, especially at $80

This low voltage (1.35) RAM will ease the load on ya CPU

The Hale's generally garner an 8.0 - 9.5 performance rating on jonnyguru but the Corsair TX series and XFX Core series also get 9.5's and are much cheaper.


The HX gets 10.0 rating and is same price as the Hale