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January 24, 2013 9:59:36 PM

I have pretty much decided that for my budget a 660 is the best card for me but i don't know what brand to go with. I'm thinking of either the MSI version or the Gigabyte version. I would like to know what you guy think is better or if I should look at another brand instead.

My build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zox7

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January 25, 2013 2:00:06 AM

Any brand will do because every brand has their like specialties or something. for example evga is known for the best customer service, asus is known for the most quiet yet very cool cooler. And so on. MSI or Gigabyte version are great too. So it would all comes down to your brand preference, but which ever you pick will be good. You can also check the benchmarks if you want to get the best performing card in terms of performance / cooling / noise / temps. etc. But I suggest, get the card that would save you more money.

Anyway, cool build though, but you can change that psu to a like 550w/600w corsair/seasonic or other great psu brands. It could save you money too. e.g. SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze is like $78. There are alot of room for upgrade on your gpu so I would suggest get the cost effective and performance wise psu like the said one so you can upgrade that gpu to maybe at least 7870/660ti. Nevertheless, great build though.
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January 25, 2013 2:48:40 AM

the gigabyte card will probably run cooler and quieter, i know my card is dead quiet and hasnt cracked 60c despite being overclocked to 1240mhz. even at 80% fan speed its still quiet.
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January 25, 2013 3:55:27 AM

Thanks to both of you for the response and to admbautista the reason i have that psu is because I got a sick deal on new egg a week ago where I got it for $81. Also would you recomend spending the extra money to upgrade to a 660 ti or would it be better to save some money and just upgrade to the 7870.
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January 25, 2013 4:02:30 PM

if the 660 ti you'll buy is like $50 more, then it is not worth it. If I would choose between those scenario, better save and go with 7870. Performance matches 660 ti, but cheaper.
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January 25, 2013 11:50:46 PM

Are you talking about $50 more than the 660 or the 7870 because it is a minimum of $60 more than the 660 but its like $40 than the 7870. Also I have seen many benchmarks and the 7870 performs far closer to the 660 than the 660 ti. The 660 ti consistently outperforms the 7870 by %10 in frames.
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January 26, 2013 6:13:25 AM

admbautista said:
if the 660 ti you'll buy is like $50 more, then it is not worth it. If I would choose between those scenario, better save and go with 7870. Performance matches 660 ti, but cheaper.

no, the 660ti is on par with the 7950 maybe a tad slower in fps benchmarks but has lower frame latency (smoother gameplay), the 7870 is on par with the gtx660 they trade blows depending on game on average fps, frame latencies are similar.
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January 26, 2013 4:28:38 PM

IKR. My point is the price to performance value... it is like this... 7950>660ti>7870>660... So if 660ti difference from 660 is like $50 more, I suggest getting the 7870 instead. because it is cheaper and performs near with 660ti. But im not saying it performs the same with it. It is just price to performance ratio.
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January 26, 2013 6:18:51 PM

Ok so if I go with the 660ti or the 7870 over the 660 will it give me longer lasting performance. Like will I be able to run games on decent settings longer with the 660 ti than with the regular 660.
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January 26, 2013 7:08:35 PM

Rioisbeast said:
Ok so if I go with the 660ti or the 7870 over the 660 will it give me longer lasting performance. Like will I be able to run games on decent settings longer with the 660 ti than with the regular 660.

well yes, the better card you get the longer it will be before you have to upgrade. you probably should read a review before believing what people say about cards:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6276/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6...
depending on the game and settings a gtx660 can outperform a 7950.
And if you bring frame latency into it http://techreport.com/review/23527/review-nvidia-geforc... the gtx660 has a very slight edge overall over the 7870.
so it may be best to look at what games your playing and read through some reviews, and look at the settings you want to play at.
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