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Hey I am going to build a system with these specs:


CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M PRO4+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Case: Silverstone FT03B MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
But for the gpu I don't which one to take, the Zotac GTX 760 4gb or the EVGA GTX 660 3gb SC(I have a budget of $250, I know the Zotac cost a little more), so is the extra vram required I wanted to run Skyrim with these graphics mods and some others.  The gpu has to be a blower design due to the case.
Here are the mods:
2k textures
Ultimate lighting overhaul
Realistic Water
real clouds
realistic texture overhaul
Thank you so much in advance, Brent.




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The 760 is only $25 more and seems to worth the little extra money. I would go with that if I were you. But the 660 would work as well



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Skyrim is a 32-bit DX9 application. Past 3GB of VRAM in Skyrim won't even matter, since the VRAM will all be mirrored into RAM, and Skyrim will crash if it ever consumes more than 3GB of system RAM.

TL;DR, 4GB VRAM and 3GB VRAM will perform exactly the same in Skyrim.


Since the VRAM won't matter, it ultimately comes down to whether the 660 SC or the 760 will perform better in raw horsepower. :s


A 760 is 256-bit, and it would normally have the advantage in performance even despite the fact that the 660 is superclocked, but I'm wary of Zotac. EVGA is considered more reliable.

Out of the options you listed, I would go with the EVGA GTX 660 SC, but only because Zotac fans tend to crap out eventually.


This would honestly perform better than either of the other options. http://www.tigerdire...3217&CatId=7387

It only has 2GB of VRAM, but it will still perform better than the Zotac 4GB 760. VRAM shouldn't be the main selling point of a graphics card unless you run a WQHD resolution, because most games won't even approach the 2GB mark at 1080p. However, this 760 may not work with your PC case.

Edited by Rennn, 15 December 2013 - 01:41 AM.

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