So I have been asked by a friend to build him a cheap system that will allow him to emulate all consoles up to the Gamecube and PS2 era. He wanted a box he could carry around so I decided to order him a Bitfenix Prodigy since that's the model he liked the most.
I was just wondering if a GTX 550 ti (he also wants to watch 3D movies and already bought the glasses and is looking for a monitor that supports Nvidia 3D tech) would be enough to run most emulated games and watch movies on a big HD TV screen or if I should make the jump to a GTX 660 non-ti (where I live it's just $30 more than the GTX 560). The only thing turning me off from getting a better gpu is that he runs PC games at 1400x900 res, since he mostly plays Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2. None of these games are GPU hungry so I feel that the GTX 660 would go to waste.
The rest of the system will be:
CPU: i3-3220 MOBO: Still looking for a good mini-ITX one. PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 520m (this should fit without any problem in the Bitfenix Prodigy, right?) HDD: 1 TB Barracuda. Memory: 4 GB (2x2) Patriot Signature @1333mhz.
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From my experience emulators tend to be CPU limited, so I'd shoot for an i5. At least PS2 emulators seem to be.
Also, get the HD7770 over the 550 Ti no question.
Second on the HD 7770. It will be better and use less power than the 550ti