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Best "Future Proof "card for next gen games at the bear minimum 300$ Range? Geforce 660ti / Radeon HD7950

Poll Results: Best Future Proof card for Next Gen Games?

 
  • 16% (1)
    Nvidia 660Ti
  • 83% (5)
    Radeon HD7950
6 Total Votes  
post #1 of 5
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Hi guys, its been a few years since I've posted on this forum but I recently bought a spectacular 55" LG 3DTV and my old 5850 isnt cutting it anymore for 3d gaming or regular gaming performance wise at all. I was just looking for some opinions on which card you believe will be most future proof for the games that will be releasing with the PS4 that will also come to PC. I'm also trying to factor in what card is best for 3d gaming? I've been using Tridef 3d on my old 5850 and games look stunning, just not that playable. Both cards seem to have their pros and cons especially the 660ti with its 99 percentile rates being much lower than the 7950's ( http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-geforce-gtx-660-ti-revisited ). Not to mention there are 660ti's selling for 250$ compared to the 305$ average of the 7950. Please let me know your opinions as I need to order a card tomorrow!
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can your current cpu handle these cards?
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post #3 of 5
I used to have an E800 OC'd

I think my old GTX 460 was pushing it
post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by bratcat View Post

can your current cpu handle these cards?
I had borrowed my friends GTX 580 awhile back since his cpu hit the dust for awhile and I had no problems or hiccups what so ever. I'm going to upgrade the rest later, I just want to go ahead and invest in a new video card now since my 5850 isn't cutting it anymore.
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post #5 of 5
This is a common question...

By "futureproof" I need to know what range you mean. I will just assume you mean two generations of cards (about 3-4 years). Games are going to have diminishing returns in visual quality
for a hella lot more juice, so don't expect these cards to still be cranking it that long from now, even on medium to low settings. We are over the hill already, just look at Half-Life as opposed to Half-Life 2, then other modern games from there out!

Both really do have their pros and cons, as you said. For price-performance the 7950 is your best bet, but if you want PhysX go with nvidia, they go toe to toe with each other for 3d as well. I am assuming you have done your research, and just want us to steer you one way or the other and that you're not just coming in here blind. My opinion? 7950.
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