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i am helping my friend in buying a new computer and we are trying to decide which video card to place in it.
he wants an i7 CPU probably the 3770 or the 3770k one. a 8 GB RAM. a small SSD for the operating system. and a MB of the Z77 series gigabye or asus (if you can recommand it would also be nice.)
now we saw that the gtx660 ti is a very good card though it is expensive. i will stop here to say that the purpose of this computer is to run BF3 easily in highest quality, and to last long.
i also looked at the gtx 550 ti which is 1/3 of the price of the 660ti.

what do you recommand to buy? and are there other possibilities which will be better then those two i gave?

thanks for the help.
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  1. More GPU --- less CPU
  2. Is this for gaming?
  3. ...he wants an i7, which is pointless for gaming, but things a low-mid level card is too expensive?
  4. Tell him the i7 is pointless until he gets it. Tell him he would be able to pour more money into a much nicer GPU.
  5. Tell him to buy i5 3570k and put the saved money on GPU like GTX 670. It will last long and give superb performance.

    GTX 660 Ti is too a great card to run all games on max settings.
  6. Why is the i7 pointless? isn't it better then the i5 3570k? cause as money goes its a 90$ difference between the two in israel (300 vs 390).
    I know GPU is a very important part in gaming but there the difference between the cards is higher 157$ for the 550ti vs
    440$ for the 660ti vs
    565$ for the 670
    so between the 550 to 670 it's 400$ difference. my question is do i need this? what are the difference btw those cards (in the simplest way not to go into too many details)? will the 550 or price equivalent to it can do the job or should i just forget about it and stick to the 660ti/670?

    thanks for replying
  7. Its only better in some applications, mainly for rendering and whatnot.

    And I really wouldn't go for anything from Nvidia right now. AMD kinda has the hold with their lower prices. The 7950 is much more worth it and much more price effective.
  8. i recommend i5 unless your friend gona render as hell and run multiple multiple applications then go with i7 i recommends go with

    GPU-Asus Radeon HD7870, 2GB, GDDR5, Direct CU II
    price and huge performance
  9. I say go for i5 3570k + GTX 660 (Non Ti).

    Buying a i7 3770k over a i5 3570k for gaming is just useless, totally useless. You may get a little boost but its not worth spending extra money. If you do a huge amount of Multitasking, rendering etc then only go for i7.

    GTX 660 plays BF3 on highest settings at 40+ FPS. Yes its very good. But if you go for GTX 660 Ti, it gives a a little more FPS (5-10 FPS) only. So, if you have money spend it on GTX 660 or 7870 GHz edition.

    Your friend will save money and will get the computer which fits his needs.
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    droreni said:
    Why is the i7 pointless? isn't it better then the i5 3570k? cause as money goes its a 90$ difference between the two in israel (300 vs 390).
    I know GPU is a very important part in gaming but there the difference between the cards is higher 157$ for the 550ti vs
    440$ for the 660ti vs
    565$ for the 670
    so between the 550 to 670 it's 400$ difference. my question is do i need this? what are the difference btw those cards (in the simplest way not to go into too many details)? will the 550 or price equivalent to it can do the job or should i just forget about it and stick to the 660ti/670?

    thanks for replying


    I would also say i5-3570k and GTX 660 (non-ti).

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2012/05/01/intel-core-i5-3570k-cpu-review/6

    i5-3570k actually is better, or just as good, as the i7-3770/i7-3770k for gaming.

    GTX 660 will run almost every game maxed. I own i5-3570 and a GTX 660 and I run BF3 at average 53-55 fps (minimum 45) at 1920x1080 resolution.

    It's the cheapest/best solution I would say. AMD also has some nice offers such as the 7870, but the performance of 7870 and GTX 660 isn't much different.
  11. The news actually is a great deal worse, Mr. OP. We were being nice :lol:

    In single player, there is roughly a difference in 0.5 FPS between Intel and AMD because BF3 is GPU bound. Intel moves ahead a bit in heavy multiplayer, but in reality, your best bet is to *Go Big* with your video card

    Example: The difference in price between the i7-3770/3770k and the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition is over $200US. That more than makes up the difference between your video card selection and a GTX680, or a Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.

    Even the i3s will make a really good run at it if you *Go Big* with your video card as opposed to the i5s and i7s.
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