So I can either get 2 GTX 660 (EVGA Superclocked) and SLI them, 2 GTX 660 Ti (possibly EVGA overclocked, but I'm not sure about this one because of the 192 bit memory bus, I heard it makes this card weak) and SLI those as well, or I could get 1 AMD 7970. Something like that. I just want the best set up I can get for under $450-$500 range. Suggestions are welcome!
2gb or 3gb there are different versions. The Bottom Line
The real reason that the voices of the internet should be cheering should be for the falling prices that have been happening across enthusiast class video cards over the course of the past few months thanks to healthy competition between AMD and NVIDIA. From our perspective, the overall game play experience has improved slightly from older drivers for the cards from both the Red and Green teams, however we would not say that the performance differences have been earth shattering from the perspective of overall game play performance.
The most interesting stand out from this evaluation has been the NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti, which is priced significantly higher than the Radeon HD 7870 while turning in similar performance numbers. The GTX 660 Ti has lost its value at this point in time, lending way to the Radeon HD 7950 which has benefited from falling prices and new drivers.
I got a 680 and that is what I recommend for any hardcore gaming at 1200 or 1080p. It can max out anything with the exception of Metro 2033 (no DOF, knock it down to High as Very High drops below 40 too often) and Arma (notch down a few settings). Everything else it has no trouble ripping through.