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If i didn't hate ATI's drivers so much i'd actually do that, I've owned two ATI cards in my life and had bad experiences with them. So i tend to shy away haha. Plus i can use the CUDA cores for rendering. Which ATI lacks.
But thanks for the input none the less
EDIT: Also is 2GB VRAM enough to run Skyrim with 2k and 4k textures? Because my current card has issues with VRAM beating eaten alive.

should be, my skyrim uses a little over 3gb vram. but ive replaced 99% of the textures in the game tongue.gif
    
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Its worth the upgrade you'd get around 30% increase in fps I believe. If you are using a single 1080p monitor stick with the 660ti, 2gb is enough for that res and enjoy the physx with always uptodate drivers. I was on the same boat with ati drivers in 58xx and 68xx series, it takes them too long to mature and always new titles come out, nvidia is much quicker to optimize their drivers for the newest games.
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Regardless of what GPU you want to buy if you have a mark 'friend' who will buy a used 560ti for $200 then you should sell it. The 660ti is a decent card, and as mentioned above I would pay the extra $12 to get the MSI 660ti PE with the better cooler. Because you mentioned VRAM usage you might want to know that because of the memory interface of 192-bit with a 2GB frame buffer the card will only have full speed access to the first 1.5Gb of that memory. If you're really concerned about high VRAM and memory bandwidth uses like modded Skyrim, high resolution (upgrading to a 1440p monitor later), or high AA then that might make you want to consider either the 670 (expensive IMO) or the AMD 7950. More information can be found here, specifically the paragraph I'm quoting below.
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The best case scenario is always going to be that the entire 192bit bus is in use by interleaving a memory operation across all 3 controllers, giving the card 144GB/sec of memory bandwidth (192bit * 6GHz / 8). But that can only be done at up to 1.5GB of memory; the final 512MB of memory is attached to a single memory controller. This invokes the worst case scenario, where only 1 64-bit memory controller is in use and thereby reducing memory bandwidth to a much more modest 48GB/sec.
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