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Hi, guys. I've had an eVGA GTX 260 for maybe about 4 years now. Actually, this has lasted me quite a while, thanks to the way graphics have somewhat 'stagnated' thanks to the current generation of consoles. For instance, I've beaten Tomb Raider, Max Payne 3, and Far Cry 3, and can run Hitman: Absolution on Normal with no problems. Still, I currently have the budget, and thought I would consider finally getting a DX11 card.

I'm not going to give a price range, because from what I can see of the topics, people kind of ignore those anyway. But I will say that if I'm going to go higher in spending, it really needs to be worth it; and keep in mind I don't spend ALL day playing Crysis and watching Unigine tech demos. However, I'm pretty sure I'd like an NVidia card; I'm vaguely considering getting a SHIELD in the future, and I like features like PhysX and 3D vision.
Here's what I'm looking at:

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

Some things I should mention:
  • My motherboard is perhaps a bit aging by now. I have DDR2 RAM, an Intel Core 2 Quad CPU, and a PCI-Express 2.0 slot. Some people might consider this stuff to be old and decrepit with all the i7 processors out, but I'm honestly going to say it's never felt like a problem with all the super-recent Unreal Engine 3 games I've played.
  • Probably my worst-performing game at the moment is Planetside 2. That game is so complex and unoptimized, that could very well be for any number of reasons for all I know, but I might like to see what I can do to improve it.
  • I have a YouTube channel and do video editing. Some of my work involves recording games with Fraps.
  • EDIT: Oh, and as treacherous as it is to the site name, I don't really overclock at all. It's just that it's a negligible performance gain at the risk of damaging expensive hardware. Yes, yes, I know: if you know what you're doing, etc. I don't fully trust myself to understand what I'm doing. tongue.gif

Since there are plenty of people here who know the effects of such upgrades much better than me, some of my main questions are:
  • Is having a PCI-Express 2.0 port a concern? I had heard that it slightly reduces bus speeds, but I'm not entirely sure how much of an impact that has.
  • Would you agree with my choice of card?
  • How is Metro: Last Light? The previous one, I got the feeling of being clunky - I remember annoyingly imprecise stealth sections, and several sections I needed to retry many times.
  • Bonus question: Did anyone here buy this card after buying Natural Selection 2, and did you see any leap in performance?

Edited by Katana - 5/28/13 at 4:52pm
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I wouldn't worry about the PCI-E 2.0 slot. I think your card choice is great but get the ASUS DirectCU II version, they overclock great, have awesome cooling and are very quiet too
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Ah; added an edit about overclocking.
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is that the max you can spend? can you go as high as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127675 ?
    
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is that the max you can spend? can you go as high as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127675 ?

+1 to this if you can afford it.
if not, the 660ti is great, my bro has one and loves it, performs better than my 480 is almost every situation and i play most, if not all games (prior to crysis 3 and metro LL) at ultra with like 2xAA, 4x or more only in games that i can do it with and maintain at least 40-50fps.

something like hitman abso you would be able to crank as high as your heart desires.
planetside should also run way better with the 660, even with your core 2 quad.
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Quote:
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is that the max you can spend? can you go as high as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127675 ?

I agree with this choice thumb.gifbut if the price is too high, go with the 660Ti biggrin.gif
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I'd wait and see how the upcoming GTX 760 Ti does and what its MSRP will be. If the rumors are correct, it should be sometime in June and $300-$350.
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670 FTW would be great, and last you awhile, honestly though I would just wait til after the new consoles are out. You been playing on a 260 for this long, what's another 6-8 months? Plus there should be newer hardware to invest in. If you look at the list of the rest of the games releasing this year, not exactly that promising. If you absolutely have to buy something now I would suggest a 670 FTW, but if you can at least hold up til the rest of the 7xx series releases you may see price drops. At the very least you'll see a bunch of the cards listed in the ocn marketplace.
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The ASUS DirectCU II just dropped $10.00 on Newegg 5 minutes ago from $309.99 to $299.99. Comes with $20.00 MIR and a game. Sell the game and take it home for $260.00. Get it!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121656
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I'd wait and see what the release of the rest of the new 7 series does to 6 series card prices.
It might not be long before a gtx 670 is cheaper than the 660ti you listed.
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