So I've pretty well settled on the GeForce 660 or the ti version, which is a factory overclock. I don't know there is much difference between the two so I'll probably be guided by the cheapest reliable-looking provider I find. But I noticed the Radeon HD 7870 is almost identical in performance. If I run into a good buy on it, is there any serious downside with the AMD graphics cards?
I am looking at primarily on-line games - World of Warship so I can get the settings off minimum. I do not expect to get anywhere near maximum. I'd like to be in the 30 FPS or better range.
My system: System Specs:
Okay, maybe the 660 ti is a bit better -
GeForce GTX 660 vis GTX 660 ti: Comparing 660 vs 660 ti
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The 660 ti vs HD 7870: GPU Comparison
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DO NOT BUY FROM EBAY. You will have no idea where the GPU came from. It could have come from a mining rig and be decrepit already. If you want to buy used, may I suggest Craigslist or maybe a site like Linus Tech Tips has where people sell things. HH also has a forum area where you can sell stuff: http://hothardware.com/f...opics/13-For-Sale?trade=
Generally, I use number of sales the seller has made, any description that gives me a sense of the items previous use. The latter being easy to manipulate, I understand, but a good percentage of high feedback with a fair number of transactions gives me some reassurance.
What is your take on the AMD vs Nvidea cards? I'm tipping for the GTX 660 ti for my little uber cheap gamer.
I'm looking at the card in the $100 range give or take ten bucks, then shipping to the Philippines is $8 to $16. Same for the SSD except I can grab a Crucial 256 gig SSD for around $80 and free shipping in the USA. I am guessing it will be $8 to ship to my doorstep here.
I can live without the card until after the New Year if necessary. It would be nice to have it a bit sooner, but patience is a virtue.
We will be here in the beautiful mountains of the Cordilleras until mid year 2016 is my guess. Her visa, part out some stuff here, ship some stuff there, and then the big plane ride. No firm date but getting closer.
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My take is if you want to save pennies, go with AMD for gaming ONLY, if you want to do other stuff, for a little ore money, go with NVidia. I like them better. It depends on what you intend to do with your rig ;D
Comparing them at GPUBoss showed the 660 ti to have a better PFS rate across a number of games. Sometimes it was only 5 FPS difference, so pretty negligible. But on some games it was up to 20 FPS which might be noticeable? The only serious graphics crunching I do is gaming. My wife likes to work over photos before posting to FB but she does most of that on her iPhone and I've promised her a Macbook once we are settled in the States, So even if I drag this GPU back to the States with me, it won't get much of a work out there.
I've not followed the eBay auctions to their finish, but the two cards seem darn close in price to start with AMD maybe a smidge cheaper. But not enough to sway me unless there was a significant factor in favor of AMD besides a saw buck*.
*saw buck = $5
The difference is minute, yes, but you have to pick one, go with NVidia :P
Nvidia All the way!
Between the 660 and 660ti, the ti is by far better!
If you can wait until Nvidia launches their new GPUs, you might be able to snag a GTX 770 at a steal...
But thank you very much for thinking of me and letting me know about the possibility. I am dialing up the 660 ti vs 770 over at the GPU Boss website and it definitely is the better card with a good improvement in FPS on most of their test games. Prices on used ones seem a good bite above the 660 ti but, as you say, that should drop with another release of GPU cards. I guess it will like depend on the improvement I see in my World of Warships graphics with the 660 ti. If it remains marginal, I foresee the card remaining in the Philippines and the 770 being the object of my desire when I reach the States. But if I'm pretty pleased with the 660 ti's improvement in the game, I may just take it along and use it in the States, skipping to a higher card when I can build the "much improved" gaming system.