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GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs. Radeon 7950 HD

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September 13, 2012 6:28:57 PM

Hey all. So I'm currently in the process of evaluating and purchasing parts to build my first computer.
Until today, I've pretty much been set on the 'MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB' GPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127696) for $309.99, but today this deal came up on Newegg:

SAPPHIRE 100352SR Radeon HD 7950 3GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102989) for $299.99.

I'm now considering the Radeon, but I wasn't sure which would be better. There's a lot of conflicting information online, where some sources are saying one is better than the other and vice versa. Would appreciate advice.

Also, I'm not sure, but I don't see myself really overclocking much. Possibly, but I really have never done it with previous computers before.

The build I'm going for is:
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
CASE: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
GPU: MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127696
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
OPTICAL DRIVE: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS – OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
MONITOR: Asus VE248H Black 24" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 10,000,000:1 (1920x1080)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236102

Also, if anything in the above list looks like a poor choice or out of place, please let me know. Thanks!
a c 92 U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 8:04:25 PM

If you are going to OC, the 7950 is amazing for it, its stock performance should be better than the 660ti either way. I'd stay away from the 660 ti.

If you don't OC, the 7870s are amazingly priced right now, They offer slightly less performance than the 660ti but is much cheaper.

The 660 ti has serious problems with memory bandwidth and gives bad minimal fps. I would not recommend getting one.

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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 8:08:40 PM

Get rid of that ram. The heatspreaders will basically keep you from using any good cpu cooler
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 8:09:25 PM

Are you kidding for $300 I would hop on that ASAP.

The 7950 is better than the 660ti, especially so if you use 4xMSAA or higher. The 192 bit bus cant handle it very well on the 660ti.

That is a steal for the 7950 which is a better card overall.
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 8:10:23 PM

7950 vs 660ti I would go for the 7950. The reason why I would pick up a 660ti over a 7950 is only because I would want to get borderlands 2 for free instead of sleeping dogs. That is where it is a really good deal IMO.
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September 13, 2012 8:14:41 PM

All righty, looks like I'll switch over to the SAPPHIRE Radeon 7950. Or possibly the 7870, I'll do some more research on pricing.

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Get rid of that ram. The heatspreaders will basically keep you from using any good cpu cooler

Could you suggest a RAM that might be better suited for me? I kinda chose the CORSAIR Vengeance arbitrarily.
Also, I'm kinda boggled on what kind of cooler to get. I (again) arbitrarily chose "ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler" (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134), solely based on # of reviews.. but unsure if that's a good way to decide.

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7950 vs 660ti I would go for the 7950. The reason why I would pick up a 660ti over a 7950 is only because I would want to get borderlands 2 for free instead of sleeping dogs. That is where it is a really good deal IMO.

I probably won't end up playing either game, haha. Most likely, I'll either try to sell the code or give it to a friend. Just solely going off of performance.
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 8:23:03 PM

7950 hands down. When the 660 runs out of puff the 7950 won't. Simple.
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September 13, 2012 9:49:17 PM

Haha I'm all over that. Purchasing it now. Thanks for all your help, everyone. Going with the Radeon 7950.
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 9:50:22 PM

D4J10X said:

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Get rid of that ram. The heatspreaders will basically keep you from using any good cpu cooler

Could you suggest a RAM that might be better suited for me? I kinda chose the CORSAIR Vengeance arbitrarily.
Also, I'm kinda boggled on what kind of cooler to get. I (again) arbitrarily chose "ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler"


Try this out for RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If youre on a budget get the COOLER MASTER EVO 212 cpu cooler. Cant beat the price
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September 13, 2012 9:54:57 PM

Thanks Yarmock! Could you explain the reasoning why Cbrunnen saying it'd keep me from using a good cpu cooler? I'm not understanding why (mainly because I'm not too sure what a heatspreader is).

Also, the cooler that was suggested to me was (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099), which apparently is really good?
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 11:25:33 PM

yarmock said:
Try this out for RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If youre on a budget get the COOLER MASTER EVO 212 cpu cooler. Cant beat the price


yep thats a good choice.

dont expect a high overclock with that cooler though. 4.5-4.6 should be achievable though
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