I am putting together my first build and I'm not sure how to judge the value of a few cards in my price range.
Build I was looking at:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
MB: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H
RAM: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600
PS: SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W 80 PLUS GOLD
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA
The cards I was looking at are:
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 at $210 with a rebate
XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Black Edition $230 with a rebate
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7870 at $240 with no rebate
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti at $280 with a rebate
Games I've been playing are:
Dragon Age 2
I'm looking to play them at the best settings I can at 1920x1200. I'm not sure If I want to go above the $250 mark but if the 660 Ti would deliver enough boost above the 7870 I would. Any help would be appreciated on if the price points make enough sense to pay more to go up each step. While my budget would allow going up to the $280 mark I'd rather not pay more if it's not worth it. Also if you see any bottlenecks in my build please let me know. Thanks for any help.
For every Portal 2 you have a Skyrim, it seems. At 1920 the GTX 660 Ti actually does well for itself here, besting the 7900 series, but we know from experience that this is a CPU limited resolution. Cranking things up to 2560 and Ultra quality sends the GTX 660 Ti through the floor in a very bad way, pushing it well below even the 7870, never mind the 7900 series.
Calling the Anandtech review better than the tom'shardware review is an exercise in foolishness. Regardless of what review you want to believe, they all say the same thing in one regard...as the resolution goes up, the 7950 flat out wins. Gaming sin't gonna stay @ 1920 for much longer.
The OP is gaming at 1920x1200. Why the heck would u read that part of the bench that he isnt using.
Read better sir !
I read the whole thing, and took the whole meaning. You only took part of it's meaning. According to the very review you used the 7950 is *at least* as good as the 660ti at the res the OP is playing at right now, and *better* than the 660ti at resolution he will be using in the future.
Your choosing to believe the review that backs up your opinion and ignore others shows your bias. (especially the review of the site you're posting on, lol). Anandtech called the two cards a tie, tom's called a win for the 7950. In a non-biased world, that tilts in the 7950's favor, even at 1920.
Lol, even your Anandtech review reccommends the 7950...did you forget to read the conclusion?
Here's the quote...
"On the other hand due to the constant flip-flopping of the GTX 660 Ti and 7950 on our benchmarks there is no sure-fire recommendation to hand down there. If we had to pick something, on a pure performance-per-dollar basis the 7950 looks good both now and in the future; in particular we suspect it’s going to weather newer games better than the GTX 660 Ti and its relatively narrow memory bus."