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7850, 7770 cf, or 660 (non ti)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week.


BUDGET RANGE: $230 (firm)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming- bf3, ac3, borderlands 2, deus ex, diablo 3, skyrim

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: integrated gpu, and OCZ modXstream 600w PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: ASRock z77 pro3
intel i5 3570k

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com and microcenter

PARTS PREFERENCES: Motherboard doesn't support sli- more information below

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have ordered a EVGA 660 FTW sig 2 with the intent of adding another a few months down the road, but I forgot that my motherbpard doesn't support sli. What ever I end up with I will want to be able to crossfire/sli if possible. I have heard about the sli hack but am not positive that I want to go down that road. I could get 1 7850 now, and get another in a few months as planned with the 660, or I could get 1 7770 now, and another next week. Thoughts?

Thanks!
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  1. Well at that res u can easily max out everything with a single GPU.

    I do it with my system (look my sig)

    So First upgrade your monitor (im planning to ,actually next week i will get 1080P )

    and than get a new GPU 7850 would be great but that depends on the game you are going to play. Even a 7870 for 10 $ more

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007PJVB3Y/?tag=pcpapi-20
  2. Go with a single 660 evga ftw, i'd recommend you buying a new monitor with 1080p resolution instead of worrying for a mobo with crossfire/sli or sli/crossfire setups.
  3. I was looking at the 7870, but in the future when games become more demanding I could not crossfire them without a psu upgrade. So do you think that I should send back the 660 for a nice 7850?
  4. Well 660 Ti sli will run less than 300W cuz 670 Sli consume 324W.

    Your Psu delivers 514W on 12 V rail

    So u would be ok.

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/OCZ-ModXStream-Pro-600-W-Power-Supply-Review/936


    And according to 7850 Vs 660 , 660 is the way to go.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=660

    But srsly get that 660 Ti.
  5. It's not a 660 ti, it is a normal 660.
  6. forr3zt said:
    I was looking at the 7870, but in the future when games become more demanding I could not crossfire them without a psu upgrade. So do you think that I should send back the 660 for a nice 7850?

    why "downgrade"?

    forget the lack of SLI for now. getting a card that has less performance just because you can crossfire it later doesn't seem all that logical.
  7. Huh srry .

    IMO stay with that card.No need to RMA it as it is better than 7850.

    But if RMA its not a problem http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=660

    7870 its better than 660. And 660 Ti is better than 7870.

    So if u RMA it tell us so i we can search for a good deal with 660 TI .
  8. So, is the 7770 crossfire option out the window? I'm not being partial, but are the downsides of crossfire really so bad that getting 7950 like performance at a lower cost an invalid option?
  9. Yes it is OUT for sure.

    Well if u get now CF 7770 u cant really add more later. But if u get a 7870/7950 now u can always add CF later (when you upgrade monitor)

    Now at your current resolution you can easily max out any game. Hd 7770 CF is overkill .

    So if u can rma to take a 660 ti its a YES. If no stay with tha 660. It will max out every game u need to.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6276/nvidia-geforce-gtx-660-review-gk106-rounds-out-the-kepler-family/10

    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2023/6/

    This is better

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Twin_Frozr_III/27.html
  10. Two 7770 crossfire when supported will not get the performance of a 7950 :
    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7750_7770_CrossFire/images/perfrel.gif

    Besides all the trouble with the drivers for crossfire support and micro stuttering feast...

    If you can go with a MSI HAWK 660 gtx:
    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_HAWK/images/perfrel.gif
  11. I'm going to head up to microcenter tomorrow,a dn check and see if I can swap out my motherboard for a
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/401766/Z77A-GD65_Socket_LGA_1155_ATX_Motherboard

    If not I will RMA for a 7870. Wish me luck!
    I'll check back tomorrow.
  12. Best answer
    forr3zt said:
    So, is the 7770 crossfire option out the window? I'm not being partial, but are the downsides of crossfire really so bad that getting 7950 like performance at a lower cost an invalid option?

    look for the games you listed:
    Quote:
    Gaming- bf3, ac3, borderlands 2, deus ex, diablo 3, skyrim


    you want nvidia, take a look at those benches in the link prototype posted. though BL2 isn't listed, you want a card that can handle physX for the game or it looks like crap with the difference.

    keep the 660.
  13. djangoringo said:
    Two 7770 crossfire when supported will not get the performance of a 7950 :
    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7750_7770_CrossFire/images/perfrel.gif

    Besides all the trouble with the drivers for crossfire support and micro stuttering feast...


    That is taking into account a few games in which they actually decrease in performance over a single 7770, but in the games that I will play the performance is similar.
  14. Best answer selected by forr3zt.
  15. Dont do that RMA thing :) Keep your 660.(only for the TI and if u upgr your monitor)

    Its not worth getting a Killer card on that resolution.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eFwCSaGu80

    So immagine what can your card do .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EamDTtsHR0I

    Good Luck !
  16. Thanks for all your help guys!!!
  17. you're welcome - :)
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