I'd go with the Asus Nvidia card. There is just something about AMD that doesn't appeal to me. I'm not sure why. That Asus card is a beast. I wouldn't exactly go with MSI just because I've heard some bad things about them. If you can spend $20 more bucks I would grab this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
WOW, I cant believe that I missed this card. I've always heard great things about Asus cards and the reviews on this card are really good. Not to mention that it looks sweet aswell.
Haha no problem bro. I actually chose that card on my last build but I'm thinking about changing my build around. Here was my last build and I think this would be a PERFECT build for you if you wanted to spend the money. Its around $1300 without accessories - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s4jW - You can change a few things around like the PSU SSD etc. I'm making a new build and I'll post it here when I am done with it.
I actually did my build about 6 months ago and just sold my 560 ti... I'm stuck on Integrated Graphics and it's terrible.
How do you like that Hyper 212? I might pick one up with that newegg rebate.
I haven't tried it out yet. From what I know is that the reviews on that fan is relatively good and to be honest, It's probably one of the best aftermarket CPU fans for the price. Here is my new build I just made and most likely will order this in a week or so. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s7dN
I feel the 7950 is a more balanced card. It comes with several free games (In my country these actually almost outweigh the cost of the actual card themselves)
The Vapor-X 7950 is one of the best 7950's. It also comes with 3 GB of video ram compared to 2GB, and trust me, it would be really useful when it comes to modding games, like Skyrim. Just my two cents.
It also has a 384 bit memory interface compared to 192 bit on the 660ti, so the 7950 has the possibility on doing better in the future and when it comes to AA and higher resolutions.
Heres a article showing that even the 7870 could beat the 670 in a Nvidia coded game, when it came to AA. Not being a fanboy, but there is proof. (This shows that memory bandwidth plays a part in frames per second)
With Nvidia, you get PhysX, which is nice but can be offloaded onto the CPU as shown in Metro 2033, and also Borderlands 2. TXAA isn't even used in games that I know of to show its benefit (its like selling a car that can accept hydrogen as fuel, but there aren't pumps to get hydrogen at fuel stations), and Adaptive V-Sync will be added to AMD cards in the next RadeonPro update.
Adaptive v-sync is an awesome benefit with nVidia hardware actually, but there's a much more compelling reason to stick with nVidia - performance consistency. Radeon framerate delivery is horribly inconsistent. Check out the third post here for an explanation (so I'm not copy/pasting):