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Old May 16, 2013, 08:13 AM
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Nothing at all wrong with AMD cards at the moment. They seem to have fixed a lot of their driver issues, at least for single card systems (i.e. no crossfire). A 7870 would be a great alternative to the GTX660. Plus, you get a few free games with it, too.

I suppose that Nvidia is fairly entrenched in the community here, so it seems to be what most people recommend. No reason for it, really.
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Nothing at all wrong with AMD cards at the moment. They seem to have fixed a lot of their driver issues, at least for single card systems (i.e. no crossfire). A 7870 would be a great alternative to the GTX660. Plus, you get a few free games with it, too.

I suppose that Nvidia is fairly entrenched in the community here, so it seems to be what most people recommend. No reason for it, really.
^^^ Of course there is a "reason for it", when I spend upwards of $1K on a Multi Card Solution I DONT want to have to deal with Cards that dont perform as advertised, in particular dealing with crappy Driver Support or loud / hot GPU's

Now, with that being said, perhaps the Crossfire Support is better than previous, dont know, but having no issues with the Green Team SLi solutions (great performance, quiet / cool), dont see the point in "experimenting" with my investment.
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^^^ Of course there is a "reason for it", when I spend upwards of $1K on a Multi Card Solution I DONT want to have to deal with Cards that dont perform as advertised, in particular dealing with crappy Driver Support or loud / hot GPU's

Now, with that being said, perhaps the Crossfire Support is better than previous, dont know, but having no issues with the Green Team SLi solutions (great performance, quiet / cool), dont see the point in "experimenting" with my investment.
I was referring mainly to single card solutions, which let's be honest is what 95% (statistic pulled wholly out of my ass) of people will use. With single card solutions, neither Nvidia nor AMD currently best each other.

I say this having run both current Gen Nvidia and AMD cards in single card configurations.
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^^^ Fair enough :) Sorry context can be a bitch...
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I do like the value AMD bring with their cards but sorry, with WOW in particular, AMD cards suck ass.. go green.

I have a couple of guildies on AMD's, I'll get them to check their drivers are the latest and update here if they fix the issues they have but I am really not holding my breath.
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Ok thanks all.

Yeah I've only owned green cards so I'm more comfortable with NVIDIA software anyway.

I ran SLI back in the 8000 and 9000 series and it was way more stable than xfire at the time, funny to see people have the same opinion 6 years later.
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UPDATE:

So I ended up going with:
ASRock EXTREME4 Z77
8GB (1x8GB) Crucial Ballistix Sport (was free with mobo from newegg!)
3570k (Intel Retail Edge buddy fell through)
2x Gigabyte 650 ti boost (I caved and decided to bump up from 660)
CM Hyper 212 EVO
Crucial M4 256GB

Total price was ~$950.

I spent more than I originally planned but I ended up splurging some on the GPU front and ended up picking up an SSD after realizing how big a difference it made in my laptop.

I'm sticking with my PCP&W 750W Silencer and Antec 900.
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Looks like solid choices. Enjoy. You really should grab a second 1x8gb stick of ram. Its not that you'll need 16gb, but that you are missing out on memory bandwidth by have single channel.

Let us know how it all works out!
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That should be a nice rig! I think you'll enjoy very much. Good idea going with a nice, large SSD like that. I found 120GB to be just a little too small for OS and all games.
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Looks like solid choices. Enjoy. You really should grab a second 1x8gb stick of ram. Its not that you'll need 16gb, but that you are missing out on memory bandwidth by have single channel.

Let us know how it all works out!
Is there really going to be noticeable performance difference not running dual channel?
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