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Old 04-21-2013, 11:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I haven't purchased the components yet and have $40 more that I'd like to apply to some sort of upgrade on either the CPU or the GPU. Something that will increase my gaming experience with a higher framefate and/or the ability to use higher graphics setings. These are the CPU and GPU I was planning on getting:

Phenom II x4 3.4GHz-$95

GTX 650Ti Boost 1Gb-$150

Which of these could I upgrade for $40?
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If you can swing 9 more bucks then get a 660.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you can swing 9 more bucks then get a 660.
Its better than the 650 boost 2Gb?
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By a long shot, yes. The 650ti boost is a regular 650ti with a higher boost clock, some unlocked ROPs, and more RAM than the reference card. The 660 has almost 200 more shaders than the 650ti boost.
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Nice, looks like I'll go with that then
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If you can swing 9 more bucks then get a 660.
Wait which one are you thinking about specifically? There are so many :d
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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EVGA 02G-P4-2660-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Newegg.com
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And that wont bottleneck the phenom II or vice versa? (Now that I think about it, probably vice versa if anything :P)
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Oh and lastly, will that card support a 1080p monitor?
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You can run up to a 680 easily with the 965 before you need to OC.

Both cards in question (650 and 660) will run a 1080p monitor. But some games require beefy cards for high settings @ 1080p. Namely, the two in question. Now, BF3 will run easily on the 660. Something like Crysis 3 won't.
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