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I've only had my GTX 660 ti for a few months and I'm already wanting to upgrade. I find it struggles with a modded to the max Skyrim game and wish to upgrade.

My budget is £250. I can stretch to a max of £300. So the question is what is the best for my buck?
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Get a HD 7950 for AMD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026 or a GTX 670 for Nvidia http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162118
post #3 of 31
Don't bother with the 670, go with the 7950 or even better the 7970 ghz edition which will keep up with a GTX680 happily.

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another 660ti and sli
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7970 GHZ ED is faster than the 670/680 in 85% of games.
Comes with 2 free games, and overclocks like a ba45#4rd
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for £250 go with a HD 7950 boost. MSI, HIS and Sapphire have unlocked voltage.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-190-MS
http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/13359558/art/sapphire-technology/radeon-hd-7950-3-gb-gddr5.html
http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/12942026/art/his/radeon-hd-7950-iceq-x2-bo.html

the HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost is a very good option. but measures 311 mm long. reference HD 7970 PCB. unlocked voltage and good cooler. more power phases than reference for better stability and lower temps with voltage overclocking.

for £300 go with a HD 7970
http://www.ebuyer.com/461932-radeon-hd-7970-3gb-gddr5-pci-e-2xdvi-hdmi-dp-in-11197-11-40g

if you want a Nvidia card only

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/b008bx2cfy/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/b0080dxpho/
Edited by raghu78 - 3/19/13 at 5:13am
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post #7 of 31
Go for either the 7950 or 7970, it destroys every single one of Nvidia's single-GPU cards (Except for the GTX Titan before some Nvidiot points that out... rolleyes.gif) in terms of performance and value. thumb.gif

Did I mention the $150 of free games you get along with it? wink.gif

Note that if you want to spend as less as possible, get a 7950, it's basically a down-clocked 7950 with a few shaders missing here and there, you get the same games bundle, just overclock it to about 1.2Ghz and it'll roughly equal a 7970 at 1GHz which is more powerful than a GTX 680. thumb.gif
Edited by StayFrosty - 3/19/13 at 5:13am
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Wow thanks for all the suggestions and links. Looks as though most of you lean towards the 7970.

Hmmm decisions decisions..... OK well I'll do a little research into this card and see what happens.

Would there be allot difference in going with the GHZ edition?
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post #9 of 31
Save your money and go for a 7970 with a great cooler, there's literally no difference between the Ghz edition and a normal 7970 specs-wise aside from the stock clocks and of course the name. thumb.gif
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Wow thanks for all the suggestions and links. Looks as though most of you lean towards the 7970.

Hmmm decisions decisions..... OK well I'll do a little research into this card and see what happens.

Would there be allot difference in going with the GHZ edition?

the HD 7970 Ghz has higher clocks out of the box at 1050 mhz (vs 925 mhz on HD 7970 and 1000 mhz on HD 7970 OC) . also comes with higher stock voltage of 1.25v. so even at stock voltage you can easily hit 1150 mhz and sometimes even 1200+ mhz.

but you don't need to spend extra money. the sapphire HD 7970 for £300 comes with unlocked voltage. with a bit of voltage tweaking 1100 - 1150 mhz should be achievable.

http://www.ebuyer.com/461932-radeon-hd-7970-3gb-gddr5-pci-e-2xdvi-hdmi-dp-in-11197-11-40g

if you want a HD 7970 Ghz go with HIS . reference design card with dual 8 pin power. more power phases than reference HD 7970. unlocked voltage and good cooler. make sure you can fit the card in your case. 311 mm long.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-073-HS

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/his_7970_iceq_xsup2_ghz_edition_7950_iceq_xsup2_boost_clock,2.html
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