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I have $500 to spend to this Black Friday, and plan on getting a new 1080p monitor. My GTX 470 does great at 1600x900, but I doubt it'll hold up very well @1080p. So about $350 to $400 will be spent on a new GPU, but I am stuck on what to get. I prefer to stick with NVIDIA. The local Best Buy has a few GTX 680s, 670s, 660 Tis, and 660s. The GTX 660 has intrigued me with its $200 price point, but I am not sure if t would be a noticeable upgrade over my GTX 470 considering the price. Any help is appreciated.
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I would go AMD if your trying to get most bang for your buck IMO
GTX470 isnt bad at 1080p and going to a 660 from it wouldn't be much of an upgrade especially coming from a 800mhz 470. If your going to upgrade get a 7870 atleast, or a 7950 (the card I recommend you get). The 600 series is kinda lackluster, you will be paying more for less performance with nvidia at this moment. Though if Nvidia is a must I would get a 660 or gtx670, pass on the 660ti the GTX670 is a better deal.

Also why not keep GTX470 till HD8970/50's drop and buy yourself a nice 120hz 1080p monitor.
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I would go AMD if your trying to get most bang for your buck IMO
GTX470 isnt bad at 1080p and going to a 660 from it wouldn't be much of an upgrade especially coming from a 800mhz 470. If your going to upgrade get a 7870 atleast, or a 7950 (the card I recommend you get). The 600 series is kinda lackluster, you will be paying more for less performance with nvidia at this moment. Though if Nvidia is a must I would get a 660 or gtx670, pass on the 660ti the GTX670 is a better deal.

Also why not keep GTX470 till HD8970/50's drop and buy yourself a nice 120hz 1080p monitor.

this^^^ if you do decide to go red, then the 7950 is the best bang for buck and after the new amd drivers it can match or even out perform 670's and 680's.
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Seems like a good time to upgrade is all, but I never really thought of a 120Hz monitor. I prefer NVIDIA over AMD due to several of my games running Physx, NVIDIA Inspector, and a few other small things. Buuut, if I find an HD 7950 for a great price, I might not pass on it.

Any recommendations on a 120Hz monitor if I decide to get one?
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I would go AMD if your trying to get most bang for your buck IMO
GTX470 isnt bad at 1080p and going to a 660 from it wouldn't be much of an upgrade especially coming from a 800mhz 470. If your going to upgrade get a 7870 atleast, or a 7950 (the card I recommend you get). The 600 series is kinda lackluster, you will be paying more for less performance with nvidia at this moment. Though if Nvidia is a must I would get a 660 or gtx670, pass on the 660ti the GTX670 is a better deal.
Also why not keep GTX470 till HD8970/50's drop and buy yourself a nice 120hz 1080p monitor.
The 7870 is on the same performance level as the GTX 660 (Non-TI).
     
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Gonna reccomend AMD with the current GPU's. The new catalyst drivers have the AMD cards sitting ahead of Nvidia right now, and AMD has hired two very 'nerd famous' intel architects for GPU development, AMD's 7950 at the same price of a 660ti is performing very close to a 680 now that drivers are updated in AMD cards.

I would also look at an Acer 120hz monitor, as your budget is only 500 dollars. This card is 300, the acer is 200. The next 'cheapest' 120hz monitor is a BenQ which will be about 350$. The acer 120's are just fine, with 2ms response and no frills attatched, part of the cost saving measure will require you to use a dual dvi connector to get the 120hz frame rate, the 7950 is dual dvi ready.
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Seems like a good time to upgrade is all, but I never really thought of a 120Hz monitor. I prefer NVIDIA over AMD due to several of my games running Physx, NVIDIA Inspector, and a few other small things. Buuut, if I find an HD 7950 for a great price, I might not pass on it.
Any recommendations on a 120Hz monitor if I decide to get one?

If you don't mind it being a refurb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236184
Kinda hard to beat that price for a 120hz.

The Radeon Pro software adds most of the things that the Nvidia control panel has and the CC doesnt. And if you wanted physx you could always toss your GTX470 into the second slot, though phsyx has always been so so for me. If you do get a 7950 make sure the voltage is unlocked, they overclock vary well.

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The 7870 is on the same performance level as the GTX 660 (Non-TI).

With 12.11 the 7870 is par with a 660ti
In fact the 7870 has better mins then the 660ti in almost all game and tend to take the crown in many games when it comes to AVG frame rate. Though the 7870 overclocks much better then the 660ti so when it comes to overclocking the 7870 will beat a 660ti.

660 compares to a 7850
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That 120Hz monitor looks nice. So I'll be searching for an HD 7950 in a few stores, and if all fails, I will fall back on a 670.
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