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Can i5 run high-end gpu like 660 ti?

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November 10, 2012 3:25:31 AM

Hello,
first of all, this is a future plan. i'm looking to buy 32" led in, say, 18 months in future. and i will playing on 1080p - single player- all latest games.

my confusion is because, right at this moment, i am upgrading system for my 19" led and i guess i can easily be better off with gpu like 550 ti. but if i5 supports 660 ti then i would combine i5 and 550 ti right now. so that i'll only have to change gpu in future and not the whole system.

It should be noted that I'm from India and these components cost a lot here, and I'm on strict budget. That's why I'm not buying high-end 660 ti right now.

I hope I have made myself clear. :) 


P.S. Sorry for typos.

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November 10, 2012 3:30:08 AM

The 660ti is hardly high end. Its about the higher end of the mid-range (if that makes sense).

A 1155 socket i5 (Sandy or Ivy architecture) will adequately support nearly any card configuration (only starts to bottleneck when you have quad cards in SLI/Crossfire). Can throw any card you want on it and it ill be fine.
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November 10, 2012 3:35:17 AM

I'm a newbie- I guess that's obvious. And, no, I'm not looking for SLI in future - that's for sure.

So I should just get i5 3rd gen. right now, right? And my most of pc usage is for watching movies and playing. no video editing-whatsoever. :) 
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November 10, 2012 3:39:28 AM

Thanks a lot, both of you! I can now finally make a clear decision. :wahoo: 
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November 10, 2012 3:41:05 AM

Best answer selected by ethanimf.
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November 10, 2012 3:41:51 AM

ethanimf said:
Thanks a lot, both of you! I can now finally make a clear decision. :wahoo: 


Wait what CPU do you hve now? Also a 660Ti is possibly the worst card for your money. Go 7870, 7950, or 7970. Or if you are a nvidia fanboy, a 670 is a good option as long as it is $350.
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November 10, 2012 3:43:46 AM

you are welcome, and +1 above
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November 10, 2012 3:46:14 AM

I have core2duo right now. So I am just entering the gaming world with this new system.

1. I can either get i3 and good enough gpu for 19" led and change the whole system when i need to play on 32"

or

2. I can get good processor like i5 - if only it supports high-end gpu in future.

That's my concern. As far as 660 ti is concerned, I haven't decided for it yet because i wouldn't need it right now. I just used that model as an example. :) 
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November 10, 2012 3:48:18 AM

if the i5 is a budget option definately get it
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November 10, 2012 3:49:49 AM

660Ti just a middle high card, not high one..
limited bandwith of 660 version makes it struggle in high resolution..

btw, 18 months in future is a long time for technolofy..
next year nvdia/amd will launch their next generation of their gpu..

and at that moment, GTX660Ti will be considerably a mid low card..

And yes, get your cpu right now..
i5 version of their generation always be the best gaming and all around cpu from intel..
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November 10, 2012 3:53:12 AM

You are right. It kinda is. Blame it on my strict budget. :( 

I'm not locked with 660 ti. Just used it as example. I'll get whatever gpu is good for 32" at that time.
My only concern is that i5 wouldn't be bottleneck for high-end gpu, right?
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November 10, 2012 3:55:10 AM

And yes, my budget can only allow either i3 3r gen. or i5 3rd gen.

Since, you all are saying that i5 3rd gen. will support high-end gpus in future, I am thinking of going with i5. So that I will only have to change gpu and not the whole system.
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November 10, 2012 4:00:59 AM

fairly safe in the near term
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November 10, 2012 4:18:30 AM

ethanimf said:
And yes, my budget can only allow either i3 3r gen. or i5 3rd gen.

Since, you all are saying that i5 3rd gen. will support high-end gpus in future, I am thinking of going with i5. So that I will only have to change gpu and not the whole system.


Get the cheapest 1155 i5 you can if you want to save money. I believe the IB one is ~$180.
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November 10, 2012 4:25:53 AM

Sure. Since, i5 2nd and 3rd gen. don't have much big price difference, I will go for cheapest i5 3rd gen. processor. :) 
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November 10, 2012 5:46:58 AM

Honestly, I'd call the 660 Ti at about the bottom of the high-end rather than the top of the mid-end, but that's me.
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November 10, 2012 6:44:47 AM

blazorthon said:
Honestly, I'd call the 660 Ti at about the bottom of the high-end rather than the top of the mid-end, but that's me.


Personally, I have always made the x950 the bottem of the high end. The x60 Ti's just always fall short. Example: Metro: 2033 with max settings on a 6950 gets 30-40 average with an occasional dip to 20. However the 560 Ti gets 25-35 average, with a dip to 15. 15 is not playable.

The fact is the 660 Ti is just a sad crippled card. It needs 256 bit, but nvidia wasn't so nice.
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November 10, 2012 6:54:31 AM

CaptainTom said:
Personally, I have always made the x950 the bottem of the high end. The x60 Ti's just always fall short. Example: Metro: 2033 with max settings on a 6950 gets 30-40 average with an occasional dip to 20. However the 560 Ti gets 25-35 average, with a dip to 15. 15 is not playable.

The fact is the 660 Ti is just a sad crippled card. It needs 256 bit, but nvidia wasn't so nice.


The 660 Ti with a 256 bit memory interface is a 670. The only difference would be the ROPs, but those are tied to the memory controllers, so re-enabling the deactivated memory controller would also re-enable the deactivated ROPs too, making it exactly identical to a 670. I agree, it is a memory-bandwidth bottle-necked card and inferior to the 7950 overall, but it's very close (although the new 12.11 drivers really increased the gap). Metro 2033 is one of the fairly few games that is very memory- capacity and bandwidth-bottle-necked and not a fair example by otself if you're comparing the two cards overall.

I'm not saying that I'd recommend the 660 Ti, just that I consider it to be the bottom of the high-end.

In the previous generation, I considered the 560 Ti and 6950 to be the bottom of the high end. Also, the 560 Ti didn't fall short of the 6950 IMO. It was a generally inferior card, but not by even as much as the 660 Ti compared to the 7950. It was only a few percent short and traded blows quite well. I preferred the 6950 anyway, but I wouldn't knock the 560 Ti (well, now I would because of it's power consumption and performance compared to the similarly priced Radeon 7850, but I wouldn't compared to the 6950 a year or two ago)
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