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post #11 of 22
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Also, I truly appreciate the feedback on which GPU to grab, but it's a little off-topic from my original question. If I want to keep upgrading my rig, what needs to go next, assuming I decide on the GTX 660?
post #12 of 22
if you are more comfortable with nvidia then by all means buy a 660. both 7870 and 660 are good cards so its not like you are losing anything by buying a 660.
the 660 is think is about 3 times as powerful as a 250. pretty cool smile.gif
    
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If we're counting rebates the 660 is $210. tongue.gif
I guess I'm just apprehensive about buying the AMD card because when I read the specs of an nVidia card, I half-way understand what they mean and how to compare them. I look at an AMD cards specs and all I recognize is the core clock speed. And I know there are too many variables to only be looking at that number as a measure of the cards power.
I don't really have a grasp of how much better or worse the 7870 is compared to the 660, and for what reasons.

7870 still beats it, trust me.
post #14 of 22
Well i think gtx660 is all you need for now.
Upgrading somthing else is not much use i belive for now.

And download Speccy to find out your motherboard model and everything else you need.
http://filehippo.com/download_speccy/
post #15 of 22
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7870 still beats it, trust me.

Lol yes, I should blindly trust that 1 guy on the interwebs. tongue.gif You've given me your valuable opinion, now I seek the facts so I can form my own opinion. smile.gif
post #16 of 22
Depending on resolution, the stock 7870 is about 10% faster than the stock GTX 660. Overclocked cards are going to change that, of course, and I'm not sure how much of a boost the new AMD drivers gave to 78xx cards (it was significant for 79xx cards though).

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_660/27.html

As for what else to get, the easy answer is a SSD. It is, by far, the most noticeable upgrade you can make to your system.
post #17 of 22
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Depending on resolution, the stock 7870 is about 10% faster than the stock GTX 660. Overclocked cards are going to change that, of course, and I'm not sure how much of a boost the new AMD drivers gave to 78xx cards (it was significant for 79xx cards though).
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_660/27.html
As for what else to get, the easy answer is a SSD. It is, by far, the most noticeable upgrade you can make to your system.

Awesome, thank you for this. Answered my questions wonderfully. smile.gif As far as the overclocking point goes, I bought a Gigabyte GTX 660, pre-overclocked. So its core clock goes from 980mhz on the reference card, to 1033mhz.

Also, I'm not to clear on how the SSD works. Can I just wire up my 1tb SATA drive to hold the OS and other random things, and then the SSD at the same time to hold all my game files since most affordable SSD's are around 128-256gb in storage space?
post #18 of 22
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Also, I'm not to clear on how the SSD works. Can I just wire up my 1tb SATA drive to hold the OS and other random things, and then the SSD at the same time to hold all my game files since most affordable SSD's are around 128-256gb in storage space?

You'd want to do it the other way around. Put the OS and the most commonly used applications or games on the SSD, and then use the TB drive for storage. The biggest advantage of the SSD is how much it speeds up/improves the responsiveness of the OS itself, not so much the games (although it helps with that also).
post #19 of 22
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You'd want to do it the other way around. Put the OS and the most commonly used applications or games on the SSD, and then use the TB drive for storage. The biggest advantage of the SSD is how much it speeds up/improves the responsiveness of the OS itself, not so much the games (although it helps with that also).

Well sheet. I have no idea how to move my OS and I have no install discs or anything. I bought my computer pre-built and the OS was pre-installed.
post #20 of 22
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Well sheet. I have no idea how to move my OS and I have no install discs or anything. I bought my computer pre-built and the OS was pre-installed.

There are tools that let you clone the OS to a new drive, like Acronis, but you'd have to have a partition on the old drive that is smaller than the size of the SSD. Otherwise you'd need to just do a fresh install.
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