Cant decide between 7850, 7870, or GT 660

I have been trying to choose between a 660, 660ti, 7870, or 7850 all 2GB. My price range is probably anywhere up to about 250 before rebates. Would preferably like to stay ~$200 though. I play currently at 1680x1050 but will be going to a new monitor and 1920x1080 resolution soon. Current played games are WOW and recently just bought the mass effect series and Starcraft 2. Will be purchasing future Starcrafts, SimCity, The new Command and Conquer, The new Rome Total War, and whatever else I find that seems interesting.

System Specs.
Windows 7
I5-3570k 3.4 ghz with aftermarket cooler, havent OCed yet
8 GB ram
128 GB SSD
Z77 Extreme4 MB
610W power supply
Current Video card which I bought in 2008!!!! is:
EVGA 512-P3-N971-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130397


Anyway the Cards in question is:

1. SAPPHIRE 100354OCL Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202010

This would be $210 plus $15 rebate card.

2. HIS H787F2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161411&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4003003&SID=118jn04d5fd05

This would come to $215 no rebate card.

3.. MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127663

This would come to $190 plus a $20 prepaid card.

4..
ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121660

This would be about $215 plus $20 mail in card.

If any of you have better recomendations around the same price points I would be grateful to hear them.
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  1. surely the best is 7870
  2. I vote for 7870
  3. The Sapphire 7870 is the best deal in your price range.
  4. You'll get much smoother, more consistent delivery of framerates from a GTX660.

    http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-geforce-gtx-660-ti-revisited/3

    It's well worth reading the article to the end. It's a new way of testing performance, to more accurately represent the 'smoothness' delivered by a card. Frames/second is a crude, oversimplified measure of performance that doesn't tell the whole story. We're gonna be seeing a lot more frame latency benchmarking next year!

    EDIT: I know these aren't the exact models you're looking at, but architecturally very similar. The results they found will still be relevant. And if you read the comments that Windows 8 is to blame (but somehow didn't affect the GeForce results), they re-ran the tests for Windows 7:

    http://techreport.com/review/24022/does-the-radeon-hd-7950-stumble-in-windows-8/2 (first page is useful to understand the test methodology, benches start on page 2)
  5. How good is Sapphire for a manufacturer?
  6. sam_p_lay said:
    You'll get much smoother, more consistent delivery of framerates from a GTX660.

    http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-geforce-gtx-660-ti-revisited/3

    It's well worth reading the article to the end. It's a new way of testing performance, to more accurately represent the 'smoothness' delivered by a card. Frames/second is a crude, oversimplified measure of performance that doesn't tell the whole story. We're gonna be seeing a lot more frame latency benchmarking next year!

    EDIT: I know these aren't the exact models you're looking at, but architecturally very similar. The results they found will still be relevant. And if you read the comments that Windows 8 is to blame (but somehow didn't affect the GeForce results), they re-ran the tests for Windows 7:

    http://techreport.com/review/24022/does-the-radeon-hd-7950-stumble-in-windows-8/2 (first page is useful to understand the test methodology, benches start on page 2)


    Thanks for linking that. I was reading about that today before I made this post actually.
  7. ddillonhr said:
    Thanks for linking that. I was reading about that today before I made this post actually.


    No worries :-) It's really interesting stuff! For years, me and friends have been 40fps doesn't always look the same on some setups as others, but we never knew why. Figured you can't argue with the numbers! There's been a lot of talk lately though in the past month about the flaws of frames/second benchmarking, so I opened a thread to gather info - Scott's response (the big one toward the bottom) is really helpful:

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/380802-15-frames-measure-performance

    Turns out frames/second has been disputed as an accurate measure of performance since the days of TNT2 over a decade ago! Drawback is that it's more time-consuming for tech media sites to measure it that way. Really glad Tech Report is taking the time to do this properly though.
  8. sam_p_lay said:
    You'll get much smoother, more consistent delivery of framerates from a GTX660.

    http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-geforce-gtx-660-ti-revisited/3

    It's well worth reading the article to the end. It's a new way of testing performance, to more accurately represent the 'smoothness' delivered by a card. Frames/second is a crude, oversimplified measure of performance that doesn't tell the whole story. We're gonna be seeing a lot more frame latency benchmarking next year!

    EDIT: I know these aren't the exact models you're looking at, but architecturally very similar. The results they found will still be relevant. And if you read the comments that Windows 8 is to blame (but somehow didn't affect the GeForce results), they re-ran the tests for Windows 7:

    http://techreport.com/review/24022/does-the-radeon-hd-7950-stumble-in-windows-8/2 (first page is useful to understand the test methodology, benches start on page 2)


    You understand that you are looking at the 660 Ti but OP is talking about the 660 right?
  9. goldsauce said:
    You understand that you are looking at the 660 Ti but OP is talking about the 660 right?


    You've probably already realised your mistake :-) If not, re-read the my post you replied to there.
  10. I have a GTX 660. It runs so smooth "love"

    Get GTX 660 and enjoy smoothness.
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