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I would like to play on high settings of any game i play (not maxing it out) at 1920x1080 resolution

and i plan on having 2 monitors (one for the game while i use the other to browse web, youtube, and others things while i am playing the game, i get tired of having to alt tab)

so is the gtx 660 2gb okay for this?
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The 192 bit bus width might end up becoming a bigger choke point as the requirements change depending on how long you plan on keeping your 660 for a 2 monitor setups. If you can stretch your budget a 7950 would be more likely to play newer games on higher settings.

If you can't stretch your budget and you live in the united states i would higher recommend this HD 7870 Tahiti LE. It is the same chip as the 7900 series and has better specs then a normal HD 7870. It still has less V-Ram then a 7950 but would still be a lot faster then a GTX 660 even at stock clocks. And the AMD card has a higher overclocking headroom so if you are looking for something to keep up with newer games it would be better.

It is the same price as the GTX 660. But newer games might also be more and more optimized for AMD graphics as well with both the Xbox One and PS4 using AMD CPU's and GPU's but that's just speculation I guess. If you don't live in the united states look around where you live on Tahiti LE 7870 prices.

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I would like to play on high settings of any game i play (not maxing it out) at 1920x1080 resolution

and i plan on having 2 monitors (one for the game while i use the other to browse web, youtube, and others things while i am playing the game, i get tired of having to alt tab)

so is the gtx 660 2gb okay for this?

dont dual screen with a 660

i had a EVGA GTX 660 SC and i was doing dual screen and like said before the 192 bit bandwidth is a real buzzkill for a card like that ( i had 2 in sli) ... shame i had to sell them, they were really sexy looking
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But i dont plan on using dual screen for gaming, only using 1 screen to display the game and 1 screen to use to browse web, watch youtube, and stuff like that while im playing games on the other screen so that i dont have to keep alt tabbing

is there some sort of requirement to be able to use 2 monitors?
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From my understanding the limitations come in one the 760 4gb version because the memory bus width is 256 bit. Where as the 3gb amd cards use a 384 bit bus width. The memory speed is faster at stock on the 760 at effective 6008mhz vs 5000mhz on the 7950. But with the bigger bus width it ends up being about 192 gb/s for the 760 and 240 gb/s for a 7950.

The 760 probably could use all of its memory for certain types of media applications but I kind of doubt it would make use of all 4 gb gaming wise. Although it is probable that it would add some performance in V-Ram heavy games. Just not sure if it would be worth the added cost.

i agree
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