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I've had my 480 for a while, and it's been great, but it's showing its age at 2560 x 1600 (Downsampled to 1440 x 900 to remove jaggies). From what I've read, a 660ti would be more energy efficient, and a lot quieter, but a small (10-15%) upgrade in speed. I'd like to stick with 1 card, for games that only use 1, less power draw, and quieter, so I'm looking at the 670 and 680. I'd have to have at least 3 GB ram, and Nvidia (No AMD) so I can have Physx. I have NO money right now, so I'd sell my card (Hopefully around $200, is that a good estimate?) and use my 3570Ks integrated for a while, until I can afford the 670 or 680. So what are some good recommendations?

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Mark K.
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if you want a Nvidia card get a EVGA GTX 670 FTW or MSI GTX 670 PE. good options at USD 400. if you want to go for the fastest Nvidia card get the MSI GTX 680 Lightning.
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if you want a Nvidia card get a EVGA GTX 670 FTW or MSI GTX 670 PE. good options at USD 400. if you want to go for the fastest Nvidia card get the MSI GTX 680 Lightning.
I'd get the Lightning, but it only has 2 GB ram, which doesn't seem suitable for 2560 x 1600, mods, and all eye candy (Inc. AA). frown.gif
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If you can go to AMD radeon 7950 will be amazing bang for buck. However if you really need phsx I would recommend a gtx 670. Right now there is a gtx 670 on newegg for 300 dollars refurbished. It's a great card and it most likely has the manufacture warranty.

Btw 2gb if ram is fine for 2560x1440 but anything past that and 3+ gigs is needed.
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I'd get the Lightning, but it only has 2 GB ram, which doesn't seem suitable for 2560 x 1600, mods, and all eye candy (Inc. AA). frown.gif

unless you are a heavy modder 2 GB is enough for 2560 x 1600 with MSAA. here is a review of a 4GB GTX 670

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/08/asus_geforce_gtx_670_directcu_ii_4gb_gpu_review/10

"This evaluation has concluded that there isn't any advantage, even in the latest games, to using an ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II 4GB video card over a 2GB equivalent for a single-display gaming. We can honestly say now that 2GB is "good enough" even in the latest games like Far Cry 3 and Hitman and Sleeping Dogs for single display gaming on a GeForce GTX 670. The fact is, the performance isn't high enough with a GTX 670 GPU to allow the advantage of 4GB of memory at 1080p or 2560x1600. When we also consider the ability to run NV Surround resolutions off of one video card, the GeForce GTX 670 GPU itself again is not powerful enough to benefit from the 4GB. "

for normal cases simply put you are going to run out of GPU power before you run out of VRAM. if you are a heavy skyrim modder go for 4GB card.
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I'd get the Lightning, but it only has 2 GB ram, which doesn't seem suitable for 2560 x 1600, mods, and all eye candy (Inc. AA). frown.gif

 

Asus, MSI, EVGA and Galaxy have 4gb 680s.

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I always take a look at what "B" stock products are going for when a price for 480's (and other products) are asked for.You can get a 480 "B" stock for a bit under 200.00 and you get the 90 day warranty.In fact the "B" stock price is 169.00
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unless you are a heavy modder 2 GB is enough for 2560 x 1600 with MSAA. here is a review of a 4GB GTX 670

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/08/asus_geforce_gtx_670_directcu_ii_4gb_gpu_review/10

"This evaluation has concluded that there isn't any advantage, even in the latest games, to using an ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II 4GB video card over a 2GB equivalent for a single-display gaming. We can honestly say now that 2GB is "good enough" even in the latest games like Far Cry 3 and Hitman and Sleeping Dogs for single display gaming on a GeForce GTX 670. The fact is, the performance isn't high enough with a GTX 670 GPU to allow the advantage of 4GB of memory at 1080p or 2560x1600. When we also consider the ability to run NV Surround resolutions off of one video card, the GeForce GTX 670 GPU itself again is not powerful enough to benefit from the 4GB. "

for normal cases simply put you are going to run out of GPU power before you run out of VRAM. if you are a heavy skyrim modder go for 4GB card.
I think I'll get 2GB, because, when I get enough for a 2nd monitor, the 700 or 800 series will be out, and there will be a lot of 4GB cards (And I'll most probably need to upgrade).

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Originally Posted by splinterize View Post

Asus, MSI, EVGA and Galaxy have 4gb 680s.
Yeah, but it's too bad there is no 4GB Lightning out. frown.gif I might get the 2GB.

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Originally Posted by PCCstudent View Post

I always take a look at what "B" stock products are going for when a price for 480's (and other products) are asked for.You can get a 480 "B" stock for a bit under 200.00 and you get the 90 day warranty.In fact the "B" stock price is 169.00
Hmm... seems like bad news for me. frown.gif Maybe I'll keep it for PhysX.

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If you can go to AMD radeon 7950 will be amazing bang for buck. However if you really need phsx I would recommend a gtx 670. Right now there is a gtx 670 on newegg for 300 dollars refurbished. It's a great card and it most likely has the manufacture warranty.

Btw 2gb if ram is fine for 2560x1440 but anything past that and 3+ gigs is needed.
Yeah, I wish AMD had PhysX, because I LOVE the effects on games like Borderlands 2, in fact, I spend half my time jumping through and shooting cloth! xD
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How much of a real world gain would I get if I chose the 680 over the 670?
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How much of a real world gain would I get if I chose the 680 over the 670?


Not much. 670 would be a more intelligent choice, they are about 5% slower clock for clock.

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