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November 24, 2012 11:31:50 PM

My specs are
3.2GHz Intel Core i5-3470 processor
Intel B75 Express chipset- motherboard
12GB DDR3 RAM
2TB 5900 RPM SATA hard drive
Windows 8

-asus radeon 7870-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-evga gtx 660 sc-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


-And also will my motherboard or cpu bottleneck/hold back my graphic cards?
Thanks! :) 

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November 24, 2012 11:38:35 PM

There will be no bottleneck with that cpu, and i'd go for the asus 7870(the best card between the 2).
But there is a really important question, what is your psu? Cause you'll need a decent one.
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November 25, 2012 12:38:42 AM

djangoringo said:
There will be no bottleneck with that cpu, and i'd go for the asus 7870(the best card between the 2).
But there is a really important question, what is your psu? Cause you'll need a decent one.


Its a 550w. What do you reccomend?
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November 25, 2012 12:41:28 AM

What brand ? its more important the brand, see the sticker on the psu and/or more extensive information.
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November 25, 2012 3:58:54 AM

djangoringo said:
What brand ? its more important the brand, see the sticker on the psu and/or more extensive information.


Its An Antec
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November 25, 2012 12:27:59 PM

That will do, an antec 550w will power a 7870 with no troubles.
Then go with the 7870 its the best card.
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November 25, 2012 12:38:07 PM

I disagree. The GTX 660 and Radeon 7870 perform pretty similar. The difference is about 5-7%, to the Radeon 7870. But keep in mind GTX 660 is also cheaper in most cases. So performance pr. dollar shouldn't be that different.

It's about what games you play and if you like to get the best Technologies, which comes with the GTX 660 (FXAA, TXAA, physx, cuda)

GTX 660 is better in such games as BF3, Borderlands and metro 2033.
While Radeon 7870 is better in Far Cry, Dirt and the old Crysis games.

The Radeon 7870 is better to overclock, but I don't know if that is your deal.

I would say go with Radeon 7870 if you're going to overclock, if not then the GTX 660, because of the boost Technology.
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November 25, 2012 12:42:49 PM

I recommend you the GTX 660.

I recently bought a GTX 660 and maxing out every game I throw at it!

If you prefer nVidia and the new features in the 600 series cards go for it.

or else go for the HD 7870 if you're hoping to overclock (But I'm not sure you can overclock with a B75 motherboard :/  , I'm not sure though)


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November 25, 2012 1:06:22 PM

Just no, the 7870 will be better:

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_7870_PCS_Plus_V...
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_7870_PCS_Plus_V...
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/hitman_absolution_...
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/medal_of_honor_war...

Only buy the 660 gtx if the price difference is in favor of the 660 gtx and by a substantial margin.
But in the shops the 7870 is at the same price, and in some deal even cheaper, so the 7870 is the card to get
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November 25, 2012 1:55:28 PM

coolermaster_72 said:
I recommend you the GTX 660.

I recently bought a GTX 660 and maxing out every game I throw at it!

If you prefer nVidia and the new features in the 600 series cards go for it.

or else go for the HD 7870 if you're hoping to overclock (But I'm not sure you can overclock with a B75 motherboard :/  , I'm not sure though)


I too got the 660, and yes It maxes everything. I got a 75b mobo, and it won't overclock, it can but it's not meant to, so damage to the components could happen. :) 

Bluebeanie, choose what brand you favor most. The difference is so small that you won't even notice. Both Cards are good deals, so good luke, mate! :) 
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November 25, 2012 2:13:31 PM

what's your buget?
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November 25, 2012 2:14:16 PM

lostgamer_03 said:
I too got the 660, and yes It maxes everything. I got a 75b mobo, and it won't overclock, it can but it's not meant to, so damage to the components could happen. :) 

Bluebeanie, choose what brand you favor most. The difference is so small that you won't even notice. Both Cards are good deals, so good luke, mate! :) 


Yes, true.

the choice up to you Bluebeanie, we are here to suggest you the best out of your money.

Its your money and choice after all :) 

There is not much difference between 660 and the 7870.

Because of your B75 mobo, you cannot overlock ( thanks lostgamer_03 for confirming that the B75 cannot overclock).

Good Luck. :) 
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