Originally Posted by guitar_man_94
Yea GTX 560 is significantly faster than the GTX 650. You cannot compare the core count of the 600 series to 500 series due to the different architectures. 600 series have more cores, but each core is not as powerful as 500 series.
GTX 650 is not very good for the price. Definately look into a used GTX 560, or 560ti. They have much higher performance. Or alternatively go with a new 7770, or used 6850 / 6870 from AMD. All these options will have better bang for the buck.
after even more input here and looking at my own stubbornness to try to maintain a price point, maybe I should re-think this and not be so stubborn. If you look at my rig, I certainly wasn't cutting corners, so maybe I started the wrong approach to look for a GPU if I am serious about starting to get into gaming. Yes, I've seen a 6850 in market place for sale, but $160...really. Brand new cards from both nvidea and AMD, even some with newer architecture are not much more, maybe $50-60 with rebates. I wish I could re-title the thread because now I want to perhaps ask a more apples to apples question. Let's really talk nVidea series comparisons that are supposed to be comparable based on the model numbers and I'll up my price point. 560 Ti vs. 660.
First, I preface this by telling you I like the MSI TwinFrzr cooling concept, that's just my opinion, so you're going to see two MSI versions to comment on. So, if you would indulge me, some feedback for a better comparison (or at least what I think from my understanding is intended to be a better comparison even though one is Ti and one is not, but they are similar series numbers and price points now). I've already seen some benchmarks that show the 660 (non Ti) does better than even a 580, never mind a 560, so maybe I am argueing with myself, but I still take great consideration into the opinions here as I'll tell you right now - I don't do gaming with any consistency and I'll take all opinions to better my understanding of these cards and ultimately what they'll do for my gaming experience in the future. Oh, just for some relevancy, I like racing games like F1 and military games with flight sim and other sim like operating tanks. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127578