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The extra vram does nothin' for you at that resolution. It can help out if you're into Skyrim mods. Based on several site reviews, you will not benefit from the extra vram until you run Tri-SLI @ 1440p or 1600p monitor or triple monitors @ 1200p & higher. AMD cards do better utilizing the vram @ larger resolutions (that I've already mentioned) than Nvidia.

The comparable AMD cards have a larger memory bus and thats why they are better at utilizing that vram. The 7950 has a bus of 384 bit vs the GTX660, TI of 192 bit. Even the 670 has 256bit..which still lacks. AMD has great cards out, but they are not for me... I enjoy my drivers and stability for Nvidia.
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post #12 of 23
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I really don't need the extra performance of the Ti...

Well if you really don't game that much, why even buy the 660 Sig 2? Just buy a 660 SC for $40 less (after rebate + free shipping) biggrin.gif ...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130826
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AMD has great cards out, but they are not for me...

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The comparable AMD cards have a larger memory bus and thats why they are better at utilizing that vram. The 7950 has a bus of 384 bit vs the GTX660, TI of 192 bit. Even the 670 has 256bit..which still lacks. AMD has great cards out, but they are not for me... I enjoy my drivers and stability for Nvidia.

I have never owned an ATI card, and have always had good luck with nVidia, so I will probably always buy that brand. I do hope, however, that the performance increase from my 650 Ti is worth getting the 660 SC. I actually got a Passmark score of 3295 with the 650 Ti once, where the 660 standard mark is ~4000. But this was with the 650 Ti fairly heavily overclocked and it actually wasn't stable during gaming for the most part. But most of the time I could get 3000 and games were stable. So the 660 will be AT LEAST a 33% performace increase (probably more like 40% since the 660 is already overclocked to 1072 MHz) over the 650 TI and with the proceeds from the sale of the 650 Ti I'm only out of pocket about $80 so I guess that's pretty good.
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Well if you really don't game that much, why even buy the 660 Sig 2? Just buy a 660 SC for $40 less (after rebate + free shipping) biggrin.gif ...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130826
Then you'll have $140 to put towards some other hardware upgrade thumb.gif
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I do game quite a bit, but I don;t ABSOLUTELY need to run games at ULTRA MAX AWESOME settings all the time, though I do like some nice visuals. I pretty much play Far Cry 3, BF3, and occasionally Skyrim. Also Starcraft II but I can already play that on Ultra settings with the 650 Ti.

EDIT: I do plan on playing with some overclocking which is why I'm going with the Sig2 for the dual cooling option instead of a single fan 660.
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You got a good choice my friend! smile.gif
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post #16 of 23
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I have never owned an ATI card, and have always had good luck with nVidia, so I will probably always buy that brand.

AMD cards are great but like the OP had stated, AMD is not for me. I had upgraded from an unlocked 6950. I simply enjoy what Nvidia provides for me as a user. Got a few programs I use quite often that benefit from the CUDA, the rendering program I use if quicker with Nvidia than AMD, and I like my physX & 3D Vision (buying a 3D monitor soon).
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I do plan on playing with some overclocking which is why I'm going with the Sig2 for the dual cooling option instead of a single fan 660.

thinking.gif Only gonna be a few degrees cooler than the 660 SC. You will definitely have a much quiet card. Still not a bad choice...It's your call & as long as you're happy, that's what matters thumb.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 4/3/13 at 9:08pm
post #17 of 23
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I'm think I'm just gonna go with the Signature2 660 2GB and maybe some slight additional overclocking. I really don't need the extra performance of the Ti, just thought it would be cool to have, but I should probably just save the $100 and use it to improve elsewhere (any suggestions? see sig "New Awesome Build")

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130833

That's a good pick. I'm more of a reference-style "blower" guy myself, but the dual-fan Sig2 is also nice.

As for rig improvements, you've already got a very nice setup there. Perhaps a Blu-ray drive?

EDIT: I just noticed that the blower-type GTX 660 2GB Superclocked is $30 cheaper and is only slower-clocked by 26MHz (1046/1111 vs 1072/1137). It's at least worth looking into.
Edited by svenge - 4/3/13 at 9:05pm
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That's a good pick. I'm more of a reference-style "blower" guy myself, but the dual-fan Sig2 is also nice.

As for rig improvements, you've already got a very nice setup there. Perhaps a Blu-ray drive?

Firstly, thanks for saying I have a nice setup. All the computers I have built in the past were pretty much mid-range budget builds and were never anything to really brag about. (See sig "Old PC" [this actually had a GTX 260 in it at one time but I sold that to buy the 650 Ti for the new PC and put my old 9800 GT back in the old PC][It also started out with a E6750 CPU OC'd to about 3.4GHz]) Things I have been considering as improvements for the new build are swapping in a 3770k and selling my 3570k (not sure if its even worth the trouble), buying another 8GB RAM kit (again, is it even worth it?), and as you suggested, buying a Blu-Ray burner. I download a ton of HD movies, but can only burn them to DVD so of course there is a loss in quality there. Sometimes I watch movies on my PC to enjoy the HD picture, although my 24" monitor is a lot smaller than any of my TVs. But it would be nice to be able to burn them to Blu-Ray and watch in HD on a bigger screen. Currently my living situation does not allow for me to run an HDMI cable from the computer to a TV otherwise I would just do that for movies, which I have done in the past.
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There's really no use for 16GB of RAM outside of specialty applications.

I'm not sure that the 3770K would do all that much for you either, but its hyper-threading could help with video conversions.

If you D/L a ton of HD movies and are down-converting them to SD in order to burn them on DVD, then the most consistently useful upgrade you could make is that BD burner.
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EDIT: I just noticed that the blower-type GTX 660 2GB Superclocked is $30 cheaper and is only slower-clocked by 26MHz (1046/1111 vs 1072/1137). It's at least worth looking into.

Yeah I considered that one heavily, but I really liked the two-fan setup on the Sig2. Plus, I just ordered the Sig2 about 15 minutes ago LOL
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