GPU upgrade?

I would like to upgrade from my old AMD 6670. My max price is around $200 to $300, and it doesn't really matter whether it is AMD/ATi, or Nvidia. I was thinking a Nvidia 660Ti Here are my specs:


AMD FX-6100 OC'd to 4.2 GHz
MSi 970a-G46 Mobo
LEPA 500W PSU
AMD/ATi Radeon 6670
12 Gigs Ripjaw X Series RAM
2x500 Gb Seagate HDD's

And don't tell me to upgrade my CPU. I've got enough of that crap, and to be honest, I like it.
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  1. Why 12GB of RAM? Is that 3 sticks or 2?

    Anyway, what games do you want to play and at what settings?
  2. Oh, whoops. I forgot to add that. It's 3x4Gb sticks.

    I usually play Crysis, Crysis 2, BF3, Deus Ex, TF2, Some DayZ, and some Skyrim just to start off with things like this.

    On Crysis 2 I'm getting around 45-50 fps on extreme, and on most other games, almost 60 on High.
  3. 7870 can outperform a 660 and 660ti with mild overclock, or you can run a 7770 crossfire or 560/560ti SLI. If you're willing to spend 300 for 660ti better off getting a 7950 the increased memory interface is huge for high res gaming and a better option for the future in general.

    Id say if you looking for the best at $300 price range go for a 7950, beats 660ti hands down.
  4. go for a HD 7950 and your cpu is perfectly fine ?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102989
  5. @gamerkila57

    I've got ALOT of "OMG YUR CPU SUKS GO INTEL FOR LYF!!!" and "wow u could have got an i3 thats liek 666 times better than your dumb faildozer."

    Anyways, For the extra 150, is the 7970 worth it? That's the other one I have been looking at.
  6. jacobizbeast said:
    @gamerkila57

    I've got ALOT of "OMG YUR CPU SUKS GO INTEL FOR LYF!!!" and "wow u could have got an i3 thats liek 666 times better than your dumb faildozer."

    Anyways, For the extra 150, is the 7970 worth it? That's the other one I have been looking at.


    Not really the price/performance IMO isn't worth an extra $150.
  7. only if its a HD 7970 GHz if it not then no as you can oc the HD 7950 to be on par with it

    http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/3954/b3acproz64od.png

  8. Actually according to Tom's Hardware 7970 GHz Edition has worse price/performance ratio than 7970, given the fact that there is a major gap in their prices and you can OC 7970 to match GHz Edition.

    Anyway, I believe that 7950 is more than enough, unless you intend to play in more than 1080p. I would go with the 300$ Sapphire version that has already been posted.
  9. Offtopic, but remove one of your 4GB sticks. Otherwise, you're running in single-channel memory mode, which limits performance a little bit.
  10. It says its in dual channel.

    Edit


    It doesn't recognize the third stick! D:
  11. putting 3 stick of ram in is not going to run in dual channel. If you bought a set of 3 sticks, you probably messed up and bought tripple channel ram which isn't going to work with your cpu in triple channel or dual channel.

    run windows experience index and check if your ram is above 7.3, if its not then there is a problem.

    I'd suggest buying a 7870 since its cheaper and will better match your cpu.
  12. jacobizbeast said:
    I would like to upgrade from my old AMD 6670. My max price is around $200 to $300, and it doesn't really matter whether it is AMD/ATi, or Nvidia. I was thinking a Nvidia 660Ti Here are my specs:


    AMD FX-6100 OC'd to 4.2 GHz
    MSi 970a-G46 Mobo
    LEPA 500W PSU
    AMD/ATi Radeon 6670
    12 Gigs Ripjaw X Series RAM
    2x500 Gb Seagate HDD's

    And don't tell me to upgrade my CPU. I've got enough of that crap, and to be honest, I like it.


    I run sli 560's with fx6100 and runs any game great except ffxiv. Since your PSU is 500w you should go the ati route with the 7950 or 7970. I'm partial to the HD 7970 sapphire GHz edition but that's over your budget.
  13. esrever said:
    putting 3 stick of ram in is not going to run in dual channel. If you bought a set of 3 sticks, you probably messed up and bought tripple channel ram which isn't going to work with your cpu in triple channel or dual channel.

    run windows experience index and check if your ram is above 7.3, if its not then there is a problem.

    I'd suggest buying a 7870 since its cheaper and will better match your cpu.



    Weird..





    (I have dual-monitors, that's what the blank white spot on the left is.)
  14. Just go with a 7950 or an overclocked 7870. You can get both dirt cheap now with price drops. I bought the 7870 from Gigabyte which is factory overclocked and I run BF3 in 1920x1200 with everything maxed out.
  15. jacobizbeast said:
    Weird..


    http://i.imgur.com/rhoi0.png


    (I have dual-monitors, that's what the blank white spot on the left is.)

    seems like your ram is ok but I don't know if its running dual channels, my ram gets 7.7 and its nothing too special.
  16. esrever said:
    putting 3 stick of ram in is not going to run in dual channel. If you bought a set of 3 sticks, you probably messed up and bought tripple channel ram which isn't going to work with your cpu in triple channel or dual channel.


    You can't actually buy "triple channel" RAM. When the manufacturer states that a set of three sticks is triple channel it's just a marketing technique more than anything. All they probably did in reality was verify that three of those specific sticks work in triple channel. It's the chipset on the motherboard that determines whether or not the RAM will run in dual, triple, or quad channel, not the RAM itself.

    For example, putting four sticks of dual channel RAM into an X79 motherboard, which supports quad channel, will result in the RAM running in quad channel, regardless of what the manufacturer says. Your motherboard chipset, the 970, only supports dual channel RAM, so make sure that you have 2 or 4 sticks installed for best results. If you have 1 or 3 sticks installed then they will run as single channel.
  17. claysm said:
    You can't actually buy "triple channel" RAM. When the manufacturer states that a set of three sticks is triple channel it's just a marketing technique more than anything. All they probably did in reality was verify that three of those specific sticks work in triple channel. It's the chipset on the motherboard that determines whether or not the RAM will run in dual, triple, or quad channel, not the RAM itself.

    For example, putting four sticks of dual channel RAM into an X79 motherboard, which supports quad channel, will result in the RAM running in quad channel, regardless of what the manufacturer says. Your motherboard chipset, the 970, only supports dual channel RAM, so make sure that you have 2 or 4 sticks installed for best results. If you have 1 or 3 sticks installed then they will run as single channel.

    cool, I always thought they had to match. learn something new every day.
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