660 ti or suggestions for a GPU

I'm helping a friend build a new computer.

I was really looking at - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125440

I would like some advice on what you would get if you had the price range of $300-330ish for a GPU
which of the all available 660ti's for performance (can include ability to OC) and cooling would you get?
Also, any other GPUs that should be mentioned for the price range?

Those two questions and also. What would be a good motherboard for the
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
around the price range of $100-160 would like to keep it lower if possible. Definitely want something that is
reliable and has pci 3.0 for GPU performance. Not sure about 1600 or 1866 RAM at the moment.

If you can help with the following questions, I know this is in the GPU thread so if the other questions besides the first two are out of line just ignore them.

Thank you!
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  1. To answer your questions:

    I would buy the EVGA GTX660ti superclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130810
    I like EVGA support, and I also like the direct exhaust coolers. They get the heat out of your case directly. The msi type coolers look great in open testbeds, but in a case, the case cooling has to deal with it.

    Any Z77 based motherboard will do the job.
    Here is a M-ATX Asrock Z77 motherboard for $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157325

    The current Intel cpu's have an excellent integrated ram controller. It is able to keep the cpu fed with data from any speed ram.

    The difference in real application performance or FPS between the fastest and slowest ram is on the order of 1-3%.

    Synthetic benchmark differences will be impressive, but are largely irrelevant in the real world.

    Fancy heat spreaders are mostly marketing too.

    In fact tall heat spreaders are a negative because they can impact some cpu coolers.
    Only if you are seeking record level overclocks should you consider faster ram or better latencies.

    Read this Anandtech article on memory scaling:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-scaling-choosing-the-best-ddr3/1
    ---------------bottom line------------

    DDR3 1600 is the sweet spot considering the marginal cost delta over 1333.
  2. Okay, thats one suggestion for a EVGA GTX660ti. I did browse the feedback through newegg and it seemed like it gets higher temps than the gigabyte or msi cards though. I think it said under heavy load it was around 70-75c for the EVGA and I think for the others it was in the 50-60's. Not 100% certain though.

    I have to check that Dell XPS case he will be using, I might have to drill holes since I believe it comes stock full atx and not micro.

    Definitely agree with the ram performance. I'll keep looking!


    More suggestions please!!
  3. Kashern said:
    Okay, thats one suggestion for a EVGA GTX660ti. I did browse the feedback through newegg and it seemed like it gets higher temps than the gigabyte or msi cards though. I think it said under heavy load it was around 70-75c for the EVGA and I think for the others it was in the 50-60's. Not 100% certain though.

    I have to check that Dell XPS case he will be using, I might have to drill holes since I believe it comes stock full atx and not micro.

    Definitely agree with the ram performance. I'll keep looking!


    More suggestions please!!


    Not to worry.
    M-ATX is a subset of ATX and will simply not need all the mounting points that ATX does.

    As to temps. Graphics cards do run hot, but they are meant to do so. are the temps you referenced inside a case, or on an open testbed?

    I suspect the latter.
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