Graphic card recommendation for specs

Ok so this is my first build that I've done (thankfully it was extremely easy and successful) and now I'm looking to purchase a graphics card. I have never gamed on a pc before and used to use a 360 so I have no idea what to get. I have $130 as of now to spend but I can save up to $300 in 2 months. I've been seriously considering saving up for a gtx660 ti but I only have a 24" 1080p monitor and am afraid I might be overdoing it, any suggestions? (I am also willing to wait if there is a next generation coming out soon)

Intel I5-3570k
Asus P8Z77-V LK
Corsair 1600 8gb (2x4gb)
Corsair 650tx psu
Corsair gs 128gb SSD
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  1. I'm looking to play games like skyrim, dishonored, CoD, and more mainstream games. Also my motherboard allows me to use my iGPU (Intel HD 4000) with my discrete for a boost in performance, if any of this helps.
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    I would recommend getting a 7950 instead. Better on most games than 660 ti. I think you could find them at that price range, and even find a 7950 boost, which is actually better than the 2, at $300-320. 7950 is best bang for the buck.

    Regarding waiting for newer gen. It is up tto you, if you could wait, it would be out is some months but as before, only stock/reference will be out, you still need to wait for aftermarket/non-reference if you want those, which will still be more months. It is really up to you if you want to wait. But picking a 7950 won't disappoint you.
  3. So what is the deal with this "physX" thing I've read about, it appears to only be exclusive to nvidia.
    I'm switching from a 360 so I'm sure I'll be impressed very easily with whatever route I go.
  4. GTX 660 is a very good choice.
    It is perfect for 1080p Monitors.

    You'll see a huge boost in any choice.
  5. Its an graphics option that yes, is available for nvidia cards. But It is merely an eye candy if you'll ask me. check videos from youtube for the differences of having it and not. And also, not all games have it, only few. try to google the games that have it, The only popular ones I can think of is, batman arkham city, borderlands 2, metro 2033. But there are still more, just check if you'll be playing them and if you can paly without physx. But for me, I would still prefer a 7950 over a 660 ti if your not that affected without physx.
  6. Check physx if youll be playing games with physx. And if yes, take note, with physx you will have better gfx but drops your fps.
  7. Best answer selected by Chriscross0425.
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