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hello guys, i currently have a hd 6970 with a phenom ii x4 955. so, my friend wants by buy my 6970 for 250 (he wants to cfx with his one) and the 660ti is about 350 here in australia. So i want to ask if it would be worth the extra 100 dollars, and would it be bottlenecked, if yes, about how much on a scale of 1-10. to add, i play on a 1920x1080p screen. i am planning to upgrade, but it would be aroung christmas cause thats when its cheaper. so what r your thoughts?? grab it or walk away??
thanks
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would my corsair cx-600v2 psu be enough if i sli the cards later???? and i would be upgrading to i5 2500k later.
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I think a 600w psu might be pushing it a little close but my initial thoughts are yes it should be fine for SLi, however I don't feel that the extra $100 for one is really that great. You've already got an epic card. I personally feel you would be better off going with a GTX670 or the 7950.

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I think a 600w psu might be pushing it a little close but my initial thoughts are yes it should be fine for SLi, however I don't feel that the extra $100 for one is really that great. You've already got an epic card. I personally feel you would be better off going with a GTX670 or the 7950.
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what do you reckon i should buy first then, gpu or i5 2500k, cause if i buy the cpu and mobo now, i will be able to afford something like a 670 or even 680. im kinda confused right now.
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I believe the upgrade would definitely be an increase in performance, however if it's worth the price is really up to you. Also, the new 6xx series is very power efficient so you should be okay on that power supply unless you plan on heavy overclocking. I would check out a PSU calculator to see what your estimated wattage pull would be.
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How much is the HD 7950. That would be a better upgrade.
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660 Ti is priced terribly right now. HD7950 is of course a better buy. it performs at GTX 670s level or close to when overclocked.
I would definitely get an HD7950 instead of GTX 660Ti.
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If it were me, i'd get a new CPU motherboard first and then throw in a GTX680 if you can afford it (you did say you could in an above post)

Although, go with Ivy for the PCI-E 3.0

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If it were me, i'd get a new CPU motherboard first and then throw in a GTX680 if you can afford it (you did say you could in an above post)
Although, go with Ivy for the PCI-E 3.0
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GTX 680 doesn't worth it at all. $499 is too steep for that card.
GTX 680 won't survive too long due to its VRAM and bandwidth limitations.
HD7970 is $449 and beat it in everything with newer drivers, or at least GTX 670 if the OP want only an Nvidia card.
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How much is the HD 7950. That would be a better upgrade.
the 7950 costs about 300 dollars here.

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660 Ti is priced terribly right now. HD7950 is of course a better buy. it performs at GTX 670s level or close to when overclocked.
I would definitely get an HD7950 instead of GTX 660Ti.
umm, kewl that should be kept in mind before buying it.
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If it were me, i'd get a new CPU motherboard first and then throw in a GTX680 if you can afford it (you did say you could in an above post)
Although, go with Ivy for the PCI-E 3.0
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ok, any ideas which ivy bridge cpu??? i've been away from computers from a while!!!
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GTX 680 doesn't worth it at all. $499 is too steep for that card.
GTX 680 won't survive too long due to its VRAM and bandwidth limitations.
HD7970 is $449 and beat it in everything with newer drivers, or at least GTX 670 if the OP want only an Nvidia card.
all i care about is if it performs well for the price, no fanboyism here!!! plus the 680 costs about 650 while the 7970 costs about 450, so if the gtx 680 is not worth the extra 200 dollars, then ill go for it, if not then no!!!
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The HD 7950 at 300 bucks is an amazing value. Overclock your Phenom II X4 CPU to 4 Ghz and that should be enough to run without bottlenecking the graphics card. At the highest settings in games you are going to be GPU limited. Obviously an Intel CPU like 2500k will be faster. But you can plan the CPU upgrade later. Overclocked HD 7950 performs like overclocked GTX 670.

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