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
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
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=N82E168... x 2 in SLI or Galaxy 67NQH6DN6KXZ GeForce GTX 670 GC 4GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.