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7850, 7770 cf, or 660 (non ti)

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November 25, 2012 10:58:04 PM

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!

More about : 7850 7770 660

a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 11:02:39 PM

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
a c 110 U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 11:04:35 PM

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.
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November 25, 2012 11:09:24 PM

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?
November 25, 2012 11:17:22 PM

It's not a 660 ti, it is a normal 660.
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a c 117 U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 11:20:49 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 11:23:02 PM

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 .
November 25, 2012 11:23:20 PM

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?
a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 11:27:54 PM

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-6...

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

This is better

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Twin_Fro...

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a c 117 U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 11:32:26 PM
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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:
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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.
November 25, 2012 11:33:44 PM

djangoringo said:
Two 7770 crossfire when supported will not get the performance of a 7950 :
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7750_7770_CrossFire/im...

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.
November 25, 2012 11:34:18 PM

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November 25, 2012 11:40:06 PM

Thanks for all your help guys!!!
Anonymous
a c 117 U Graphics card
November 26, 2012 12:12:53 AM

you're welcome - :) 
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