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Looking for a good mid-range GPU and appropriate PSU

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December 29, 2012 2:09:14 PM

I'm in the process of selecting parts for a new build. I'll be purchasing an i5-3570K, a Caviar Black 1TB, and 8GB of low-profile ram...all going into a Fractal Arc Mini.

I'm having a hard time with all the GPUs out there. I'm upgrading from an antiquated GTX 275 and I've been out of the market long enough that everything looks foreign to me.

I'm looking to spend in the $250-$350 range. I'd like to stay in the GeForce series as I've never had issues with them in the past.

My rig will be doing some moderate gaming with the latest system requirements out there. So, what are some good suggestions?

660? 670? (may be too expensive) Let me know.

Thanks!

EDIT: Oh, and suggestions on what to use for a PSU. Thanks!

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December 29, 2012 2:42:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uOCw
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uOCw/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uOCw/benchmarks/

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($264.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $324.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 11:42 EST-0500)
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December 29, 2012 2:46:27 PM

nix327 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uOCw
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uOCw/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uOCw/benchmarks/

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($264.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $324.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 11:42 EST-0500)


Thanks for the reply!

I've read a few articles where the 660 Ti is just a throttled 670. Have you heard this?
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December 29, 2012 5:42:10 PM

Any consensus or other opinions?

*bump*
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December 29, 2012 6:04:58 PM

Phosphonothioic said:
Thanks for the reply!

I've read a few articles where the 660 Ti is just a throttled 670. Have you heard this?


I read it now.. :D ..its seems it has problems with memory bandwidth for some games..but its not a major issue though..yeah, but why take a chance right? but then you can consider amd options for the price too..

Is your budget including the psu?
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December 29, 2012 6:11:32 PM

nix327 said:
I read it now.. :D ..its seems it has problems with memory bandwidth for some games..but its not a major issue though..yeah, but why take a chance right? but then you can consider amd options for the price too..

Is your budget including the psu?



No, my budget is just for the GPU. I was just wondering what wattage I would need to cover the components I listed in my first post.
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December 29, 2012 6:18:04 PM

Phosphonothioic said:
No, my budget is just for the GPU. I was just wondering what wattage I would need to cover the components I listed in my first post.


for a single gpu setup a 550w psu is sufficient..and if you intend to sli in the future then get a 750w psu..a modular psu will reduce cable clutter but will cost more..
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December 29, 2012 6:20:32 PM

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December 29, 2012 7:40:45 PM

nix327 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uOCw
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uOCw/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uOCw/benchmarks/

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($264.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $324.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 11:42 EST-0500)


I just ordered that PSU yesterday for myself. Supposed to be great value for the dollar. :D 
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December 29, 2012 7:45:43 PM

Synapse79 said:
I just ordered that PSU yesterday for myself. Supposed to be great value for the dollar. :D 


Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. :) 
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December 29, 2012 8:33:58 PM

ALL WRONG GET ANY SEASONIC PSU ON SALE 650W OR GREATER AND 670 CARD OR GREATER IS BETTER THEN YOU DESERVE :p 

BUY SOLELY ON ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE AND IN THE LONG TERM YOU WILL BE MUCH HAPPYER
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August 3, 2013 2:29:32 PM

Hi everyone!
I am new to PC Gaming. Could you please answer a question for me?
This is going´╗┐ to be my build:

1. Intel Core i3-3225 CPU
2. Gigabyte GTX 760 OC
3. Asus P8-H77-I Motherboard
4. Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz
5. Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST
6. 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue Hard Drive

Here is the question: Will a 430W Corsair CX430 Power Supply be enough to safely run my build? I think it will be more than enough, right?
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