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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks.

Budget Range 300 - 650

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Skyrim (heavily modded), Civ V, MS Flight Sim X modded

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: PNY GTX 470, RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: RAIDMAX Skyline ATX-948WB Black MidTower
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz OC 4.5GHz
GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 8GB (4 x 2GB)
OCZ Vertex 2 100GB SATA II SSD
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 5900 RPM SATA x 2 in RAID 0

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer NVIDIA

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Mostly looking to play Skyrim maxed out with heavy modding and getting as few frame rate drops as possible. I have pretty much narrowed it down to GIGABYTE GV-N66TOC-3GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125450 x 2 in SLI or Galaxy 67NQH6DN6KXZ GeForce GTX 670 GC 4GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162118 single card. My question is would my 730W power supply push 2 660s or would I need to upgrade it? Also, if you reply please don't just give me a video card answer, explain why you would choose the one you listed.
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  1. Are you open to what AMD offers. AMD has historically been a stronger performer in regards to Skyrim. Maybe something like a 7970? perhaps? With the ram/memory bit and stronger Skyrim performance I just thought to ask.
  2. You need to upgrade that crappy PSU regardless. I wouldn't trust that to power anything of value, as in any computer.

    A PSU like this is much better and can power two of any modern single GPU card.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
    Although if you intend on only ever having one GPU then a lower wattage would be better.

    I highly recommend a 7970 since you are overclocking (this will beat the 670, when their both stock and will beat a 680 overclocked).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413
    But if you want to stick with Nvidia then I'd get the 670.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423
  3. If you intend on doing crossfire in the future I can see that xfx power supply being good however if he isn't he can go with something lower a 550 would probably do just fine with a single 7970.
  4. That raidmax psu is rubbish, i recommend going with a new psu if you want two 660 ti, a quality psu within 600-700W will do for the 660 ti sli, but that psu is not good.
    This one for 660 ti sli : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182071 80$ after promo code, high quality psu.
    Or this one if you plan for two 670 gtx in the future : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264&Tpk=capstone%20750m also with promo code, and a rebate.

    Or just get a single 670 GTX, the windforce 3x gigabyte is a good choice for a single card.
  5. If you take a look at this tier list you will see that the Raidmax branded psu's are ranked dead last. It's nice to know why something isn't good sometimes :)
    http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
  6. Sorry to all for the delayed response, got stuck in class longer than I expected. Wow I had no clue my psu was such a piece of ....

    Time to review the budget and which psu I should get, thanks to all for the links. Will post more after the review.
  7. I have narrowed it down to the following:

    SeaSonic X Series X-850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151102

    GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413

    Would the psu be enough to push 2 7970's in xfire if I decide to upgrade in the future?
  8. Yes, it will be more than suffice, a decent psu with 850W will do, that psu, needless to say, it's a high quality one.
    I rather get a 670 gtx, if you want to add another one, nvidia has better drivers for it, but the 7970 offers two games.
  9. Now it's just a matter of convincing myself that an AMD card is worth it. I have always run Nvidia. I have seen sites that swear by the 7970 and sites that swear by the 670 so I guess it really is a toss up. My only real concern is the lack of driver updates for the AMD cards. Nvidia releases a new driver almost monthly and AMD seems to only update every 6 months.
  10. Best answer
    Both cards are good ones, if you plan to add another one, for multi gpu setups, nvidia has better drivers and smoothness.
    The 7970 offers a bit more of performance as a single card and it comes with two games, nvidia offers now some credits in some f2p games, but i don't think it will mean anything you.
  11. Best answer selected by Puff3r.
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