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I5-3470 + GTX 660 2GB VS i3-3220 + HD 7950 2GB

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November 4, 2012 8:48:36 AM

Which combination would be better for gaming on a 1920x1080 TV?

Thanks in advance.
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November 4, 2012 8:56:17 AM

i5 + GTX 660. It will be useful on games that use 4 cores, like battlefield 3, and for general productivity. The difference between GTX 660 and HD 7950 isn't that huge - 10% at most.
November 4, 2012 8:59:18 AM

Sunius, i think you are thinking of the GTX 660Ti, i am getting the GTX 660 Non Ti and it is slightly weaker than the 7870 and it is no where near the performance of the 7950.
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November 4, 2012 9:52:13 AM

No, I am not. I may have misjudged it a bit though, HD 7950 is around 15% faster.

November 4, 2012 10:01:29 AM

^^ that chart had results from the launch drivers. AMD's 12.7 and 12.11 both came with ~5-10% performance gains. The 7950 is in a completely different tier.

It will mostly depend on what games your planning on playing. Do a little bit of research, if many of them are CPU dependent, go for the i5 build, if many of them are GPU dependent, go for the i3 build.
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November 4, 2012 10:02:24 AM

That chart was made with 12.7 drivers.

And about hurting performance: it does if you plan to play at resolutions of 2560x1600 with loads of AA. It will not hurt otherwise.
November 4, 2012 10:02:25 AM

Sunius, i heard that the 192-bit memory bus on the GTX 660 hurts it's performance alot, is this true?
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November 4, 2012 10:14:18 AM

Hey Sret43rg,

Still not made your mind up yet? Get the i5 and 660, like sunius said it only really effects high resolutions with lots of AA, which is kind of redundant anyway as you wont need maxed out AA at those res's...

The only other suggestion I have is to get the unlocked i5, I know you really don't need it now, but once your processor starts to age it could give you that boost you need

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November 4, 2012 10:23:50 AM

just get the i5 + gtx 660 and be happy dont think too much just go for it
November 4, 2012 10:29:05 AM

paddys09, if i get an unlocked i5, i will need to downgrade from a GTX 660 2GB to a 7850 2GB so it's a really hard choice...
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November 4, 2012 10:34:33 AM

look man a i5 3470 with gtx 660 is more then enough for gaming you dnt need to get an i5 unlocked its another thing if u like to overclock but that i5 is also nice one gives same performance as unlocked.unlocked i5s have only overclocking advantage nothing above that i think u dnt need to:) 
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November 4, 2012 10:42:19 AM

Yea agreed, if it means having to downgrade your graphics then leave it, the i5 will have plenty of years in it anyway
November 4, 2012 10:53:07 AM

Thanks both of you! Cant wait till i order these parts and put this badboy together! just hope that i don't fry any parts :D 
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November 4, 2012 11:08:00 AM

Sret43rg said:
paddys09, if i get an unlocked i5, i will need to downgrade from a GTX 660 2GB to a 7850 2GB so it's a really hard choice...


that's not a downgrade, that's a slight upgrade
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November 4, 2012 11:09:23 AM

For the same price as a 660, you could go in between and get a 7870.
November 4, 2012 11:15:25 AM

The 7870 is around £10-£15 more in my country (UK) and i am already stretching my budget by buying the GTX 660 unless i can find one for the same price on Amazon.co.uk, Scan.co.uk or cclonline.com
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November 4, 2012 11:31:00 AM

egilbe said:
that's not a downgrade, that's a slight upgrade


Not really.. HD 7850 is slower than GTX 660.
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November 4, 2012 12:21:09 PM

Yea IMO, the 660 falls between the 7850 and 7870 and is priced accordingly...This isn't an AMD vs Nvidia battle
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