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Others have it pretty much spot on here, 670 over the 660ti for your wants/needs but I would advise you that if you do not plan to add a second card later on then the 4Gb 670 doesn't offer you anything that you would not be capable of doing on the 2Gb card. That said the extra VRAM is cheaper today than it used to be, I think you only pay $40-50 extra VRAM whereas last gen you had to pay an extra $100 for the double VRAM option. So basically I think it'd be really difficult for you to make a bad choice when picking your 670 as long as you like it.
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Buy the best one you can afford. Why is this a question? When you already know you want one brand over the other the only question becomes, how much money do you want to spend?
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I like my EVGA 670 FTW. The increased power target is useful when it comes to OC.
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Why not get a 7950 which is faster than a 660 Ti, 670 and 680 overclocked a bit for the price of 660 Ti? The extra 1GB of VRAM would make your card more future proof as well. It's a no-brainer really.

Sticking to Intel + nvidia with this build. Not really caring about budget as much as performance with the games I play and the things I'd like to achieve. Unfortunately, most FPS games seem to run a few frames higher on nvidia cards, plus I've had issues with AMD drivers, and nvidia just likes to work better with Intel from what I hear. My last rig was "I'm a poor college student budget build". This one is my all-out dream machine with some future-proofing. Thanks for the suggestion though mate!
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Thanks mate, I'm finally building a proper rig, and not going so budget. I'm upgrading from my last build that had a Sapphire AMD Radeon 6850 LOL. But yeah, I'm thinking one card with the 4GB of VRAM is better than an SLI setup, since some games seem to flip out when you try to run them with SLI.

So far so good with mine. I play MW3,BF3 and Black Ops 2 and not a single issue with SLI.
post #16 of 32
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UPDATE:
Having a hard time deciding between these two cards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130824

and

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121659

With the Asus card obs it will run cooler because it's more open and has more fans to pull the heat away from the gpu immediately, but the downside is that it will raise the ambient temp of my case by doing so...
Obvs with the EVGA I get a card with a cooling system that will expell heat out of the back of the case and not inside..

When it comes to the other differences I see, it seems I'll get a better out of box clock + boost out of the EVGA, and I hear their customer service is faster/better than Asus when it comes to cards.

Any thoughts gentlemen?
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UPDATE:
Having a hard time deciding between these two cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130824
and
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121659
With the Asus card obs it will run cooler because it's more open and has more fans to pull the heat away from the gpu immediately, but the downside is that it will raise the ambient temp of my case by doing so...
Obvs with the EVGA I get a card with a cooling system that will expell heat out of the back of the case and not inside..
When it comes to the other differences I see, it seems I'll get a better out of box clock + boost out of the EVGA, and I hear their customer service is faster/better than Asus when it comes to cards.
Any thoughts gentlemen?

where are you from? if you live in the United States, pick an EVGA card because they have a superior customer support from what I heard so far....different from ASUS, their customer support is terrible from what I've seen, However, IF you look at their cooling, ASUS have a very superior (the quietest GTX 670) compared to EVGA.
Edited by Sharchaster - 12/10/12 at 3:17am
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where are you from? if you live in the United States, pick an EVGA card because they have a superior customer support from what I heard so far....different from ASUS, their customer support is terrible from what I've seen, However, IF you look at their cooling, ASUS have a very superior (the quietest GTX 670) compared to EVGA.

Yeah I live in Seattle, WA. Noise isn't a big pet-peave of mine, as I'm running like 7 case fans on max settings, and I'll be running a Corsair H100i push/pull, so the rest of the case won't be quite in the least. Also, I NEVER hear anything outside of my Logitech G930 headet, my roommates always try talking to me and I never hear them. Sheesh, even the fire alarms were going off, screaching in my apt, and I didn't realize it until someone in game said my mic had a screaching noise in the background. LOL

Perhaps the EVGA is the best option then, unless anyone else posts up here in the next few days with more insight..
Thanks mate!
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Guys, I've mentioned this countless times ... this is a post on the NVIDIA board. If a user is asking about nV options on the nV board, please do not chime in with 'why don't you buy AMD?'.

This is how flame-wars start.

Thanks.

@OP: the only sound reason to get a 4GB version of these cards is if you're going to run SLI, AND run at 'surround' resolutions. Otherwise, 99% of the time (as in, there's a couple games that if you deploy hi-res texture mods, you might see a difference in perf between the two) it's money down the toilet, as there's no (literally zero) actual, practical benefit to the extra vram. Thus, 99% of the time, getting a higher vram card is nowhere near as effective as getting a SLI setup ... of course it's also much cheaper cause it's only one card, but ... 99% of the time the 2GB card is going to perform identically to the 4GB card unless you're running Surround resolutions ... and in that scenario you're going to likely need 2 of 'em to have a high enough framerate.

Also, there's really no such thing as games 'not liking SLI' (games don't even know about SLI, nor do they care), nor do intel chips 'like' nVidia cards 'better'. Just letting ya know wink.gif
    
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Guys, I've mentioned this countless times ... this is a post on the NVIDIA board. If a user is asking about nV options on the nV board, please do not chime in with 'why don't you buy AMD?'.
This is how flame-wars start.
Thanks.
@OP: the only sound reason to get a 4GB version of these cards is if you're going to run SLI, AND run at 'surround' resolutions. Otherwise, 99% of the time (as in, there's a couple games that if you deploy hi-res texture mods, you might see a difference in perf between the two) it's money down the toilet, as there's no (literally zero) actual, practical benefit to the extra vram. Thus, 99% of the time, getting a higher vram card is nowhere near as effective as getting a SLI setup ... of course it's also much cheaper cause it's only one card, but ... 99% of the time the 2GB card is going to perform identically to the 4GB card unless you're running Surround resolutions ... and in that scenario you're going to likely need 2 of 'em to have a high enough framerate.
Also, there's really no such thing as games 'not liking SLI' (games don't even know about SLI, nor do they care), nor do intel chips 'like' nVidia cards 'better'. Just letting ya know wink.gif

Is that to say though, that in 1-2 years, the games out won't utilize more than 2GB of VRAM? Or that 4GB would run a second or even 2 more monitors fine for most games?
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