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Evga geforce gtx 660 ti

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January 28, 2013 5:43:10 PM

Was looking on newegg and saw the 660 ti for $10 less than the 660 ti superclocked. Should I spend the extra $10. Any concerns about it over heating? First pc build

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January 28, 2013 6:11:46 PM

I just picked up a 660ti SC last week. I'm using Nvidia adaptive v-sync setting and it purrs along at 60fps (I'm picky about tearing) in all the games I've tried at high/max settings 1920x1080. It barely breaks a sweat doing it too. If you have a decent case with ventilation I don't think you'll have to worry about it overheating.

If you can spare the 10$ I would.
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January 28, 2013 6:17:19 PM

Running a corsair 200r case
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January 28, 2013 6:32:30 PM

Not familiar with that one. How many fans is it running? Also, I prefer the rear exhaust cards not the side fan cards, just a personal preference.

Are you going to OC the CPU? Do you have an upgraded CPU cooler?

I honestly don't think overheating will be issue as long as you have air actively moving through your case.
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January 28, 2013 8:19:50 PM

you'll be fine with that case, the corsairs have great airflow, but if you r worried you can get decent extra fans for cheap and you have plenty of mounting points on that case. either way you shouldn't have any problems with the card overheating.
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January 28, 2013 8:32:37 PM

Final question. Will I see any real performance increase even though my CPU isn't overclocked? Like a noticeable difference.
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January 28, 2013 9:24:16 PM

itz_squizzy said:
Final question. Will I see any real performance increase even though my CPU isn't overclocked? Like a noticeable difference.



The 3570K is prob one of the best gaming CPUs out there right now, you'll be fine
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January 28, 2013 9:35:28 PM

itz_squizzy said:
intel i5-3570k. these are the 3 cards im looking at.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (660 ti)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (660 ti FTW Signature 2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (660 ti SC)



yeah I saw after my post lol, I should read first right? Anyway, IMO you won't see a HUGE difference between the cards, and you'll have no problems or bottlenecks with your CPU. But honestly you would prob do ok with a regular 660, that's just my opinion. You could also do well with a 7870, those are less than 250 right now and will run just about anything. But if your set on NVidia then go for it, you'll be happy with any card in that range.
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January 28, 2013 10:06:19 PM

They will all perform around the same I would prefer the signature 2 card if you are set on evga as it has the best air cooler they offer and is better then there standard blower design card. If you are okay looking elsewhere on a card I would get a asus 660Ti which is cheaper and has superior cooling to everything evga offers on the air level.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 28, 2013 11:56:29 PM

Keep in mind that a lot of that is preset factory settings. All the 660Ti's are within a few frames of one another.
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January 29, 2013 12:08:23 AM

bigshootr8 said:
Keep in mind that a lot of that is preset factory settings. All the 660Ti's are within a few frames of one another.


I fail to see what "preset factory settings" has to do with this comment from the article re: the Asus -> "It was never overclocked, and its GPU Boost levels were pretty low (about 250 MHz behind MSI's N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC). We could even get through our suite without it crashing, so we can't give it any sort of recommendation."

I DID say "read it carefully"...
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January 29, 2013 12:35:45 AM

Right but I get the feeling with bios revisions; and driver updates since then things could of have improved. An article from September shouldn't be a indicator for the card. There was a bios that was released around the same time as the article either. If he wants a factory overclocked ASUS card he can go with the oc version as well shrugs. I would say normally the powered edition tends to show more overclock potential on benchmarks. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 29, 2013 1:12:01 AM

itz_squizzy said:
Was looking on newegg and saw the 660 ti for $10 less than the 660 ti superclocked. Should I spend the extra $10. Any concerns about it over heating? First pc build


well save the money and overclock it to the same specs thats what i do it is the same card when it comes down to it
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January 29, 2013 1:57:42 AM

was trying to keep it around $300 range, if possible. thats why i originally listed the EVGA. then someone else mentioned the ASUS
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January 29, 2013 2:09:35 AM

I would side with the Power Edition card. The 660Ti is a little stronger then the 7870 normally.
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January 29, 2013 2:11:12 AM

extra fans for the case are cheap. not worried about adding another, i probably will anyway, no matter which card i get
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January 29, 2013 2:13:06 AM

True. I would towards the AF120's for airflow in your case and the Noctua, and Cougar PWM fans. Quality fans typically cost a little extra.
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January 29, 2013 2:15:53 AM

so 660ti is what ill be going with. recommended brands. Gigabyte, MSI, Asus, EVGA?
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January 29, 2013 2:18:20 AM

noob question. PWM fans? also, thanks for the quick replies. very helpful. trying to order one
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January 29, 2013 2:22:14 AM

EVGA for a reference card design: They do the best reference cards and also provide the best support. They also include a 90 day step up program where you can upgrade your card within that period there are rules and things you need to do to take advantage of that but you can upgrade/exchange with them for a better card.

Gigabyte: They make good cards but lately I haven't liked them. I called them once and I felt like I was calling a run down Asian Restaurant. The lady that talked to me wasn't very knowledgeable and she informed me that a RMA would take 3-4 weeks turn around with them which made me a little nervous.

MSI: Makes amazing coolers, typically good quality, and more equipped on the card end to overclock chip is still subject to the silicon lottery.

Asus: Makes quite and cool cards, they also like MSI supply good quality components, and normally are equipped to overclock well.

So its up to you.

I would go with EVGA for reference, and then MSI/ASUS depending on which you prefer.
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January 29, 2013 2:30:35 AM

It not necessarily the PWM fans that will help you but the type of fan. For example there are two types static pressure fans which are good with heatsinks and there are airflow fans which are good for case airflow I'll link a few in a sec.
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January 29, 2013 2:40:47 AM

AF120 (Air Flow 120's)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

SP120's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Noctua's Static pressure fan.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PWM fans are slower rpm fans normally good for really quiet operation.
Cougar CF-V12HP: Which have good air flow and good static pressure as well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Noctua NF-F12 PWM: Noctua's PWM fan.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 29, 2013 2:51:03 AM

i know nothing about fans. out of those, which, and how many would you go with?
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January 29, 2013 2:53:25 AM

also, would i have some pulling air in and others pushing it out?
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January 29, 2013 2:53:55 AM

Would depend on the case you were using and the CPU cooler you were using. If you were using a cooler that had had 2 slots for fans I would run 2 static pressure fans and in the other spots around the case the air flow fans but every setup is different.
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January 29, 2013 3:00:46 AM

I would honestly stick with the stock fans if you wanted a more silent experience you could purchase fans if you wanted a more cool experience you could optimize it to your liking more then stock. But to start you are fine. However I'm going to change your build just a little bit here I'm going to change your ram you shouldn't purchase 4 sticks of 2 gigabytes.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $618.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 00:01 EST-0500)
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January 29, 2013 3:03:06 AM

The fan that comes with that hyper evo isn't the best, if you can get a deal on packs of fans get 2 for the cooler so you can push pull, and because in my experience the fans they supply get wobbly and noisy after not much use. :-) sorry to jump in on the conversation lol, but i've been following along a bit :-P as you were...
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January 29, 2013 3:04:11 AM

so everything on my build is ok, just adjust the RAM? i game with a headset, so noise isn't much of an issue. also, the room i game in, in the hottest in the house, which is why i was going to add more fans.
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January 29, 2013 3:06:07 AM

its cool. the more information the better
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January 29, 2013 3:06:56 AM

Right in the event you were to change out the fans you could go with something like the SP120's, the Cougar V12HP's, or the Noctua NF-F12 PWM's with the evo.
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January 29, 2013 3:08:24 AM

so i could probably throw any decent 120mm fans on the hyper evo?
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January 29, 2013 3:10:18 AM

Yes you can.
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January 29, 2013 3:12:17 AM

ok cool. what out of those 3 would you say to use, which ones would i get better performance out of
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January 29, 2013 3:22:37 AM

I only have experience with the Cougar fans. I got them for my Corsair H100 because they are very quite and push a ton of air as well as static pressure. They are a little cheaper then the other fans.

I would say the best value would be the two pack of the SP120's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Noctua Fans are the Mercedes of Fans. So if you want the luxury of the bunch get the NF-12 1300 120mm fans.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 29, 2013 3:26:39 AM

and what about the case. would i use those for the case as well, or just regular air fans. ill probably add another intake and another exhaust fan. 2 intake front, 1 exhaust rear, 1 exhaust top. would that be enough, or add more?
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January 29, 2013 3:27:33 AM

the price of the sp120 and the cougar, i would be willing to purchase enough for the case and the cpu cooler, with a smile on my face
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January 29, 2013 3:28:51 AM

or replace the stock case fans with either of those
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January 29, 2013 3:41:55 AM

If you wanted to optimize things I would go with the AF120's for the case fans and the SP120's for the cooler for the best value I would say. And then at least your fans would all look a like rather then a mix shrugs. I'm into Aesthetics you could be different.
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