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I am struggling to decide between these two cards (both the 1GB versions) and was looking for some advise. I want to start gaming on my build, but at a modest cost and right now it's a toss up as far as price, each around $100 with rebates, so there's got to be some of you that can help break the tie. By my math of the specs, the 550 is still the better card when I calculate bandwidth and other items. Also from my understanding, I'll never be able to notice a significant different in PCIe 3.0 over 2.0 with the current technology available so I don't know if the other newer technology, Kepler, etc is better in the 650.

I checked out this too, but I do understand it's theoretical, yet it confirmed my suspicions...so I think. Maybe I am looking in the wrong places, but I can't find a lot of info on real benchmarks for the 650.

http://www.hwcompare.com/13482/geforce-gtx-550-ti-vs-geforce-gtx-650/


I also don't plan on any SLI, so that should not limit someone from recommending the 650, although I understand the 550 keeps that in play.
Thanks to anyone with some input.
    
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well the reason the 550 is more powerful is cause its the ti varient.. the new kepler design has brought some new factors in the mix but i think the 550ti would suit your gameing needs better then the 650..kepler is really power efficient as you can see..also pci 3.0 wont make a factor cause either card is no where near powerful enough for the bandwith... if i were you i would go the 550ti or check your local craigs list to see if you can pick up a 560 for around 100 as in my area they are flooded as the new 660 came out...
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well the reason the 550 is more powerful is cause its the ti varient.. the new kepler design has brought some new factors in the mix but i think the 550ti would suit your gameing needs better then the 650..kepler is really power efficient as you can see..also pci 3.0 wont make a factor cause either card is no where near powerful enough for the bandwith... if i were you i would go the 550ti or check your local craigs list to see if you can pick up a 560 for around 100 as in my area they are flooded as the new 660 came out...

when you say 560, are you talking about the standard version or the Ti variant? The standard 560 is not all that much higher priced than the 550Ti and I see it's 256 bit, so obviously faster with the same memory clock speed as the 550Ti. I could go for that for a few more bucks, especially if I understand what you're say...people want to get rid of it now that the 6 series are out.
    
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the 560 non ti.. they are pretty cheap even new...but your local craigslist would be your best bet..in my area you cauld get a 470 a 560 for about 100..the 550ti is ok for gameing not any thing spectacular..you will have to run your games at low to med settings.. a 560 you can run on high settings some games even max..is your monitor 1080p
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enen the 660s are great.they have 2gb vram and they are on par with last years gtx580..
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the 560 non ti.. they are pretty cheap even new...but your local craigslist would be your best bet..in my area you cauld get a 470 a 560 for about 100..the 550ti is ok for gameing not any thing spectacular..you will have to run your games at low to med settings.. a 560 you can run on high settings some games even max..is your monitor 1080p

no don't yet have an HD monitor, but I don't want to "under-purchase" myself because eventually I'll have an HD monitor, so I see your point. I'm going to hit up Craig's list and see about 560s.
    
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yes thats your best bet.. if u go 1080p then yes u want the 560.. if not the 550ti will be good.
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I've seen a few 560ti's going on this forum and [h]ard for $100-120. Much better card that the 550 ti or 650. thumb.gif
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If you can find a 470 for cheap they'll match the performance of the 560 ti 448c clock for clock. Only downside is that they run quite hot depending on the manufacturer
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can you maybe get 6850 if you dont hate amd almost same price as gtx 650 in some place unless the ti is cheaper
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