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Radeon HD 7870 or 1.5 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660?

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February 27, 2013 11:05:42 PM

Hello!

I've been reading around and most people have said that the GTX 660 will preform better in the games that I play (Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, Counter-Strike), but I found out that they were all talking about the 2GB GTX 660!

I'm looking for a graphics card that will let me play almost any game out there on at least medium settings without any trouble.

The cards that I have to choose from are:

1) the OEM Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...

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2) The Radeon HD 7870
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/78...

If price is not an issue (the 7870 is going to cost me 150$ extra), which card should I pick?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

EDIT: My specs are:

intel i7 3770 (i don't know how to overclock so its at 3.4ghz)
16GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
and I play at 1680x1050
February 28, 2013 9:42:27 PM

It really just comes down to preference, AMD or Nvidia.. There's not always a "better" card, they're pretty much equal
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February 28, 2013 10:28:37 PM

I was under the impression that there is a big difference between the 660 OEM card and the regular 660 card...660 OEM isn't significantly worse than the 7870?
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February 28, 2013 10:38:17 PM

OEM only means it's the card straight from Nvidia or AMD, nothing tweaked or changed by the distributor (no custom cooling/backplates, factory OC, etc.).

But a 660 OEM shouldn't be significantly worse than a 7870, no. Pretty much it's up and down. 7870 outperforms 660 in some games, 660 outperforms in other. I would recommend going for a custom one though, instead of using a reference cooler. Getting something with a custom cooler can really help keep temps down, anywhere from 10-20C. And even sometimes a nice factory overclock.
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March 1, 2013 12:03:29 AM

Ohhhhhhhh I see...

Any idea if a 460W power supply is enough for this system? (Last question I swear :o )
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March 1, 2013 9:05:01 AM

Eh, 460W is kinda cutting it on the extreme bare minimum.. It's always good to leave some headroom. I'd say 600W at least, I'd get at least 800 if your gonna bother making the upgrade. 460W might work, might not.

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March 1, 2013 12:28:21 PM

Best answer selected by nimbus1098.
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