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Best card for my computer?

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December 2, 2012 9:25:37 PM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: USD $150-250) Before / After Rebates

Probably in about 2 months.
I'd say around $250 at maximum.

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USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (e.g.: Gaming [and what games you want it to play - a card for WoW only will be much different than one for Crysis or Metro 2033 at full settings], Folding@Home, home theater/watching movies)

Gaming is the primary reason I'm buying the card.

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CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: (e.g., ATI Radeon HD 4850 and Corsair 750TX 750W PSU - without this info, it's really hard to help you)

I currently have a ATI Radeon 4670. Now, this needs explaining: This card is not fit for my system... I essentially had enough money for everything but a new graphics card when I built the PC, so I used this old one.

Power supply is an Antec HCG-620 M (620 Watts).

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OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: (e.g., make/model of CPU, MoBo, memory - this can help us determine whether or not a given card is compatible with and makes sense for your system. For high-end cards, knowing your case/cooling setup may also be helpful)

Intel Core i-5 2500k @ 3.30ghz
G Skill Ripjaws 4gb DDR3 Memory

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PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)

Has to be Canadian or a site that ships to Canada. Newegg.ca, ncix.com, tigerdirect.ca, etc.

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PARTS PREFERENCES: (e.g., if you will only use ATI cards, want PhysX card, prefer XFX cards over Sapphire cards, etc., tell us)

Leaning towards an Nvidia card due to them supposedly supporting a couple specific games I'm interested in better than AMD cards.

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OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe

I've never overclocked and wasn't planning on it. No to SLI or Crossfire.
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MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

This one is hard to answer. I currently have an old 1280x1024 but I'll be buying an HD monitor in the next month or two. I don't know which or what model, though.

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ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (e.g.: Need to have better than stock cooling; Want a card with a lifetime warranty; Must run Crysis with full AA on a three-display setup, etc.)

I've seen recommendations (both on forums and from friends) for the GTX 560 ti, the 660 or the 660 ti. Of course, the 660 ti is a bit over my preferred price range. I'm basically posting here not only for card recommendations, but to ask if the 660 (or 660 ti) is a good fit for my system. If it's "too good" and the rest of my parts will just bottleneck, then obviously it would be a bit pointless to get, and I'd rather go with something that matches the rest.

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a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2012 9:27:21 PM
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Your CPU is excellent so no worries about bottle necking, I'd say go for the 7870, they're really the second best value/performance next to the 7850. You could go for a 660 Ti but the small performance increase isn't really worth the extra money. This ones and excellent deal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't buy a 560 Ti though, they are great cards but at this point in time they're pretty much phased out by the 650 Ti and the 660.
a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2012 9:53:14 PM

I would second the 7870 since it offers similar performance for cheaper.
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a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2012 10:15:01 PM

At NCIX the 660 is priced at the 7870 levels but the 7870 is better than the 660 is most games with latest drivers.
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=69492&vpn=GV-R787OC-2GD&m...
Best in class cooler but bit pricey but gomes with a OC
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=77736&vpn=R7870%20HAWK&ma...
Same OC but weaker but still decent cooler.
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=77988&vpn=AX7870%202GBD5-...
No OC but $20 cheaper and with decent cooler.
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=76171&vpn=66NPH7DN7DXZ&ma...
Stock 660
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=76172&vpn=66NPH7DN6ZVZ&ma...
Slight OC but with better cooler
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=65880&vpn=N560GTX-Ti%2044...
Best 560ti I found.
a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2012 10:54:46 PM

The 560 Ti is mostly phased out now, for $200 you can almost get a 660, or you can get a 7850.
a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2012 11:23:08 PM

The cheapest 7850 can be found 159 after MIR at NCIX. The 7870 is at 200-220. The 660 is at 200. The 560 ti 448 is arround 180
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 6:49:50 AM

Gtx660ti said:
Have a look at this card
Gtx 660
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Look at his name. THAT IS ALL

Seriously, its very hard to recommend a GTX 660 or the ti version to anyone due to their horrible pricing. Like if your looking at a GTX 660, for $10 more you can get the superior HD 7870, and if you go for the GTX 660 ti, for $20 you can get the significantly better HD 7950
December 3, 2012 7:40:34 PM

Best answer selected by JarvisKong.
December 3, 2012 7:41:15 PM

Thanks, everyone! Think I'll go for a 7870.
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