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I'm at an impasse on what to get. I want a video card and I NEED a new keyboard. My request on that is it needs to be mechanical w/ backlit keys if possible.

The HD 7870 in my computer is supposed to be for my wife's updated computer, but as of now, I have it until we get the CPU, motherboard, and RAM. However, I got surprised with $400 in mastercard reloadable gift cards today for my birthday, and my wife is in no rush to get her computer updated.

Long story short, I want a video card too.

Here's the catch: It needs to be an nvidia card, and it needs to be AT MINIMUM a GTX 660 Ti. I've been with AMD for the last 3 builds now, and I think it's about time that I went green. I've tasted GCN, and now, I want to taste some Kepler. tongue.gif

I live in the states, and my budget is $400 (give or take about $30 including shipping). Links to the products that you suggest would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your help! thumb.gif
Edited by Mad Pistol - 12/12/12 at 6:11pm
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007581QHG/?tag=pcpapi-20

Great cooler and decent price for a nice 7950

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HPTHE4/?tag=pcpapi-20

Friend of mine has one of these and it has a really nice feeling.
post #3 of 23
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007581QHG/?tag=pcpapi-20
Great cooler and decent price for a nice 7950
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HPTHE4/?tag=pcpapi-20
Friend of mine has one of these and it has a really nice feeling.

Read my first post again about the video card.

I'll read up on that keyboard. thumb.gif
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post #5 of 23
Okay, so as it stands a gtx 670, which is 1 step above the 660ti costs at least 350$, and a mechanical keyboard will be an 80$ minimum with around 30$ more to get one that is backlit.

So for your request, it will cost around 450$ at the very least. Sorry worriedsmiley.gif
 
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

The Gigabyte GTX 670 is a good option
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423


The EVGA FTW allow you to increase the power target to 145%, which is the highest, afaik. This mean that your card will boost (overclock) even further. EVGA also have a solid warranty.

 

 

 

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Filcos are awesome. They can be annoying to find if you are in the USA though. 

post #7 of 23
I have the 660ti and it plays BF3 fine on 1920x1200, and with a phenom I really dont think you need anything more powerful so here are my suggestions

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130809

and

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823816002

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201051 if ordered tonight would be $75

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823129003

has partial backlight

On the topic of mechanical keyboards I own several makes and models, and my preference is topre this one http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=topre_keyboards,rftenkeyless&pid=rf_se1800 but as you can see that will chew your budget lol. Anyway Cherry Blacks are not really my cup of tea. Cherry Blacks are very hard to press and linear, Cherry reds are linear but much softer, Cherry blues are soft, tactile, and clicky (very noisy), Cherry browns are soft with a little tactile bump. I own all four but prefer Reds then Browns then Blues then.... Blacks.

-doober
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Originally Posted by Doober View Post

I have the 660ti and it plays BF3 fine on 1920x1200, and with a phenom I really dont think you need anything more powerful so here are my suggestions
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130809
and
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823816002
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201051 if ordered tonight would be $75
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823129003
has partial backlight
On the topic of mechanical keyboards I own several makes and models, and my preference is topre this one http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=topre_keyboards,rftenkeyless&pid=rf_se1800 but as you can see that will chew your budget lol. Anyway Cherry Blacks are not really my cup of tea. Cherry Blacks are very hard to press and linear, Cherry reds are linear but much softer, Cherry blues are soft, tactile, and clicky (very noisy), Cherry browns are soft with a little tactile bump. I own all four but prefer Reds then Browns then Blues then.... Blacks.
-doober

 

 

I'd personally rather stay away from keyboards that are marketed towards gamers, even though 50$ blackwidows are interesting.

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I'd personally rather stay away from keyboards that are marketed towards gamers, even though 50$ blackwidows are interesting.
I would agree to an extent, I did get my blackwidow for 50$ and it is great, no problems and it works great, it was a cheap way to get into mecanical keyboards. Although, my next mechanical keyboard will be a filco or something and I will customize it and such smile.gif
 
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Originally Posted by splinterize View Post


The EVGA FTW allow you to increase the power target to 145%, which is the highest, afaik. This mean that your card will boost (overclock) even further. EVGA also have a solid warranty.






Filcos are awesome. They can be annoying to find if you are in the USA though. 

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE my Filco Majiestouch Ninja, I will probably take it to my grave. Amazon is an awesome place to get them.

Another option, DAS Keyboard, as well as the Ducky. DAS and Ducky both offer backlighting, I don't believe Filco does as of yet.
    
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