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Old December 25, 2012, 02:01 PM
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I'm wondering which card I should go with as I'm upgrading my machine with an i5 ivy going from a 955.

I dunno if I should go with a 7850 or gtx 660.

From a lot of the performance charts I have seen 660 seems to nudge the 7850 out as far as games go. from stock anyway.

ASUS GeForce GTX 660 OC DirectCU 1020MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
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ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DP HDCP PCI-E DX11 Video Card

I've also seen similarly priced 7850 2gb's.

I just don't know how much OCing I will do or how much effort is involved. Anyone with any experience in these matter or with these cards? I'm going to be using this build for pretty much gaming only.

Also input on which i5 or possibly other cpu I should be getting would be much appreciated. If I do go the OC route I'm guessing I'd need a pretty good motherboard also, so if anyone has any ideas feel free please.

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Old December 25, 2012, 03:34 PM
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Of course the OC 660 since its the same price as the stock clock 660. I believe the 600 is better than 7850 and only a 7870 stock can match it in terms of performance
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And you get PhysX with the 660. I'd pick up the first one on your list, it'll be better whether or not you OC.
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The 660 is a better card, but the 7850 is supposed to be cheaper, much cheaper. For example, there's an XFX 7850 that can be had for $120 AR.
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Old December 25, 2012, 05:25 PM
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The 660 is a better card, but the 7850 is supposed to be cheaper, much cheaper. For example, there's an XFX 7850 that can be had for $120 AR.
Really? Most I've seen have been from 160-200 :/
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If they are priced similar I would go for the gtx 660.
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Old December 25, 2012, 09:20 PM
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only in store? :(
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Old December 26, 2012, 11:52 AM
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I currently have a 955 BE at stock, and a gigabyte hd 6850.

Would it be wise to update the CPU first to an i5 with a new motherboard?

Or go for a new graphics card first? Which would I get the most performance increase from?
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You'll still get a greater performance increase from a GPU upgrade. Most games you won't notice any performance increase by upgrading from a 955 BE, especially if you're able to clock it in the ~3.7GHz+ range. I'm assuming you're running 1920x1080.
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