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October 2, 2012 7:05:47 PM

I need a bit of help at this point, have spent 2 days getting informed about graphic cards, and at this point can't make up my mind. I currently have a GE Force 8600 GS that I want to upgrade. My computer is good for 700w, Gateway FX 540S. I only play Wow, so other games are not an issue. I like the GTX 660 TI, but don't think I need it for Wow and could save some $. So I dropped back down to the 660 or 650 as choices. I am prone to the 660 although for the price maybe the 650 is all I need for Wow.
I am also at a loss as to which make to get and if I really need it to be overclocked. I tend to like things stock. I looked at them all, Gigabyte, EVGA, MSI, etc. and heck if I can make a ohoice. Would appreciate a little help on the matter. Ty

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October 2, 2012 7:10:14 PM
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i would get the 660, it is almost double the performance then the 650, i would get the msi or evga superclocked version of the 660
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October 2, 2012 7:12:35 PM

The GTX 650 ti is coming out in about a week if you're planning to wait that long. It might be the perfect purchase for you. What resolution do you play at?

I would personally recommend the GTX 660 because it will allow you to max out WoW even during large raids with no problem.

At the GTX 650's price point the HD 7770 is a much better buy.
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October 2, 2012 7:14:30 PM

What resolution is your monitor and what type of cpu and motherboard you have? It's best to be sure that what you're buying is compatible with your mobo and that the CPu doesn't severely bottleneck the GPUs performance.
October 2, 2012 8:05:50 PM

lpedraja2002 said:
What resolution is your monitor and what type of cpu and motherboard you have? It's best to be sure that what you're buying is compatible with your mobo and that the CPu doesn't severely bottleneck the GPUs performance.


I have the resolution at 1680 x 1050. Computer info: http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/gateway-fx540s/4507-31...

Processor / Chipset
Type Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 / 2.4 GHz .
Number of Cores Quad-Core .
64-bit Computing Yes .
CPU Qty 1.0 .
Max CPU Qty 1.0 .
Processor Main Features Intel Virtualization Technology .
CPU Socket LGA775 Socket .
Chipset Type NVIDIA nForce 680i LT SLI .
Front Side Bus 1066.0 MHz
Cache Memory
Installed Size L2 cache - 8.0 MB .
Cache Per Processor 8 MB ( 2 x 4MB (4MB per core pair) )
RAM
Installed Size 3.0 GB / 8.0 GB (max) .
Technology DDR2 SDRAM .
Memory Speed 800.0 MHz .
Memory Specification Compliance PC2-6400 .
Form Factor DIMM 240-pin .
Features Dual channel memory architecture .
Configuration Features 2 x 512 MB + 2 x 1 GB
Graphics Controller
Type Plug-in card .
Interface Type PCI Express x16 .
Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GS .
Video Memory 256.0 MB .
Video Interfaces HDMI,
S-Video,
VGA,
DVI .
HDCP compatible Yes .
Max Monitors Supported 2.0
Power Provided 700.0 Watt

October 2, 2012 8:20:41 PM

Get the gtx660. Can easily max out wow.
October 2, 2012 9:11:44 PM

Ironslice said:
The GTX 650 ti is coming out in about a week if you're planning to wait that long. It might be the perfect purchase for you. What resolution do you play at?

I would personally recommend the GTX 660 because it will allow you to max out WoW even during large raids with no problem.

At the GTX 650's price point the HD 7770 is a much better buy.


Thank you for your reply. I did some checking on the new GTX 650 Ti coming out, and as usual there is a variety of opinions about it. This one seemed to sum up what is being compromised on it to keep it between the 650 & the 660.
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/136602-nvidias-gtx...
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October 2, 2012 10:23:26 PM

Secrent said:
Thank you for your reply. I did some checking on the new GTX 650 Ti coming out, and as usual there is a variety of opinions about it. This one seemed to sum up what is being compromised on it to keep it between the 650 & the 660.
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/136602-nvidias-gtx...


660 easy
October 2, 2012 10:38:02 PM

Best answer selected by Secrent.
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