Hello, I want to ask a question. I plan on getting the Sapphire Vapor-X 7770. I play racing and strategy games (Civ 5, Command and Conquer, etc.) I do not play any shooter games (BF3, Metro, Crysis). I game on a 20" 1600x900 monitor. I have heard that a 7770 will do nicely in 720p with the type of games I play. However, I noticed that the 650 Ti is a good bit faster, but more expensive. If I get the 7770, I will already be slightly bottlenecking it with my CPU, so I definitely will be the 650 Ti. I plan to upgrade my CPU in the future, but not as of now. (Phenom ll x2 3.5GHz). My question is, is it worth the extra money to get the 650 Ti for more money, and trade the awesome cooler, and live with the bottleneck, for the type of game I play and at my resolution? Thanks!
I would say go with the 7770 OP, granted i haven't tested a 650 before but i've put 7770's in builds and they've run great for the price (BF3 single player, 45-50 fps with AA and Post rendering turned off)
Also you might want to see if you can unlock your processor to a tri or quad core, did the same with my Phenom II X2 550 BE to a quad core, gave it a bit more of a kick with the more modern games.
I think you could get 7770 Ghz edition for $140. Still cheaper than the 650 Ti