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Radeon HD 7970 + GTX 660ti Hybrid PhysX?

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September 11, 2012 11:37:45 PM

im planning on making a rig with a Radeon HD 7970 for normal stuff and a GTX 660Ti to run physx. i was originally gonna use a GTX 680 and a 660Ti for a physx dedicated card. which setup is better.

PS: I KNOW NOT THAT MANY GAMES USE PHYSX, BUT I STILL WANT IT.
PSS: WILL ANY OF THESE SETUPS REDUCE FRAME RATE, CAUSE IM A FRAME ENTHUSIST I LOVE MY FRAMES.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 12, 2012 12:04:18 AM

It's not worth it to buy a 660Ti for Physx. I would get a cheaper card, like a GTS250 or a GTS450 for Physx. The 660Ti is way way overkill. You can even get a 550Ti for Physx, but that's all you really need.

If you do do the Hybrid Physx, I can show you how to do it. Its quite simple.
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September 14, 2012 12:30:49 AM

thnx guys im new to the whole computer buisness. im trying to build a pc online, cause i dont know how to do it manually so yea...
September 14, 2012 12:31:25 AM

rry one last thing should i use a gtx 680 or a 7970 with the dedicated physx
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September 14, 2012 12:39:09 AM

Since you are contemplating a main card and a physX card, I'd recommend just going with two 670's. You'd get more performance all the time with the SLI, and you also get PhysX. In the extremely rare case you run into a game which needs a card dedicated to run high levels of PhysX (not sure there is a case where this is true, maybe Dark Void), you can dedicate one of the cards for PhysX.
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September 14, 2012 12:39:18 AM

why don't you just buy 1 card? if you want physx, buy a 670 and it will be enough.
September 14, 2012 12:47:06 AM

esrever said:
why don't you just buy 1 card? if you want physx, buy a 670 and it will be enough.

yea but im worried about the visually demanding games like mafia2, crysis, metro 2033 that will lower frame rate
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a c 92 U Graphics card
September 14, 2012 1:01:00 AM

buy 2 670s if you have the money, no need to worry then :p 

1 670 should still play those game very well.
September 14, 2012 1:05:11 AM

heres my rig from cyberpowerpc

srry its massive.


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September 14, 2012 1:14:38 AM

buy 2 670s and an i5 will be about the same price but be much much better.
September 14, 2012 1:20:25 AM

esrever said:
buy 2 670s and an i5 will be about the same price but be much much better.

thnx
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a c 216 U Graphics card
September 14, 2012 3:46:24 AM

blazerd123 said:
yea but im worried about the visually demanding games like mafia2, crysis, metro 2033 that will lower frame rate


Of those games, only Mafia 2 would benefit from a PhysX card. Metro 2033 uses so little PhysX, you might find better performance just letting the CPU do it (early benchmarks at least, showed this). Crysis doesn't use PhysX at all, most games don't.
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September 14, 2012 5:41:51 AM

How much would this set you back just wondering?
September 14, 2012 9:20:46 PM

Deemo13 said:
How much would this set you back just wondering?

...a couple thousand..*cough*
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September 14, 2012 11:02:01 PM

To much money, that is your problem lol.
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September 14, 2012 11:04:16 PM

A couple THOUSAND! You can make a computer that good for alot less.

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September 14, 2012 11:20:52 PM
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A GT640 for under $100 has 384 CUDA cores and should make a great dedicated PhysX card. In any event, I think the strategy is to get a single 670/680, and then add an additional PhysX card or SLI card if you decide through gameplay that you need more FPS.

Borderlands 2 and Metro Last Light look like they are both doubling down on the PhysX effects, so plan accordingly.
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