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April 28, 2013 9:45:44 AM

I've been planning a few months to build my own computer but now I'm not sure whether I should wait for the new gpus coming out later this year.

I'm planning on getting:
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X 3GB GDDR5
Intel i5 3570k CPU
16GB 1600mhz RAM
700w Corsair PSU

I'm in desperate need of an upgrade since at the moment I'm running a 2.3 ghz Phenom quad core with a GeForce 9200 but I don't want to buy a 7970 then be disappointed when the 8xxx series come out. Is it worth waiting 4 months or so for the new series?

If you need any more information to help answer my question I'll be happy to provide any.

Thank you :) 

EDIT: I will be mainly using this computer for gaming such as Farcry, Battlefield 3/4, Bioshock Infinite and Dota2 and I will love to run them at max graphics. My current monitor only supports up to 1600x900 but I will be buying a new one in the future that supports at least 1920x1080.

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April 28, 2013 9:51:09 AM

At that resolution, getting something beyond a 7970 won't give you as much bang for your bucks. I'd be confortabel going with a 7970 now. 4 months is a long time to wait (and it could even be longer...).

I'd get it now. I've seen some going for 200$ Cnd so at that price, it's great!
April 28, 2013 9:53:49 AM

Jonathan Cyr said:
At that resolution, getting something beyond a 7970 won't give you as much bang for your bucks. I'd be confortabel going with a 7970 now. 4 months is a long time to wait (and it could even be longer...).

I'd get it now. I've seen some going for 200$ Cnd so at that price, it's great!


Yeah I've been told that a lot but I probably won't get the opportunity to upgrade my computer for another 3-4 years so I just want to get the best possible that I can at the moment.
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April 28, 2013 9:54:27 AM

All of the trade publication info on AMD's 8000 series indicates that there will be no release of the series before 2014. So if your target is to buy a new GPU in the near future is the next few months, you will have to stick with the 7000 series.
April 28, 2013 9:57:23 AM

Your 7970 should be fine for 3 years, I mean maybe not at max settings for games in 3 years... but by no means will they be unplayable/fugly.
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April 28, 2013 9:58:15 AM

You don't need a 700w PSU, that rig would run fine on a nice 500-550w. Also, at 1920x1080, the HD7950 would let you max out pretty much any game. The HD7970 would be "overkill" unless you just want the extra power. I wouldn't bother paying a premium for the best graphics until maybe this time next year. Once the new MS and Sony consoles roll out, the bar will be raised for graphics requirements again.

If it were my money, I would get an HD7870 and see what happens in the next year.
April 28, 2013 10:02:57 AM

I don't think I can really wait till next year so I will most likely be buying a 7970 then. Will the i5 3570k be fine for the next 3 years or should I buy a 7950 and get a better CPU?
April 28, 2013 10:05:05 AM

Oh!! The 7970! Wow, I was thinking about the 7870 all along actually (which explains the 200$ price on the "7970" I stated earlier, hahaha!). Okay, if you're playing one really getting a 7970... then you don't need to worry about a graphic upgrade for a while... and yes, I'd still recommend you to get the 7870.
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April 28, 2013 10:10:53 AM

I5-3570K is plenty unless you are doing video editing or running a bunch of virtual machines and even then it will perform ok.
I would just spring for the I5-3570/7970 now since your current system is so poor.

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April 28, 2013 10:52:46 AM
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After having computers of one type or another since the days of the ZX81 I long ago concluded 'There's always something better tomorrow'.
I'd drop a 7970 into the current rig (with a better PSU if needed) and see how things work out, that 9200 would be a handicap to a fast pocket calculator, let alone a quad cored CPU!
You might find the graphics upgrade is all you need...For now.
A few observations:
The 'K' series are for overclocking if you will not/cannot/hate this you could save some cash with a non 'K' CPU and less expensive motherboard.
That's too much RAM 8Gb is still overkill.
I'd drop down to 600Watts for the power supply, but stick with a good maker: Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, Silverstone, Pc Power and Cooling, FSP, XFX or the increasingly rare OCZ. Dual 8 (or 6+2) pin PCI-E leads would make it compatible with all current, and future cards.
April 28, 2013 11:19:09 AM

coozie7 said:
After having computers of one type or another since the days of the ZX81 I long ago concluded 'There's always something better tomorrow'.
I'd drop a 7970 into the current rig (with a better PSU if needed) and see how things work out, that 9200 would be a handicap to a fast pocket calculator, let alone a quad cored CPU!
You might find the graphics upgrade is all you need...For now.
A few observations:
The 'K' series are for overclocking if you will not/cannot/hate this you could save some cash with a non 'K' CPU and less expensive motherboard.
That's too much RAM 8Gb is still overkill.
I'd drop down to 600Watts for the power supply, but stick with a good maker: Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, Silverstone, Pc Power and Cooling, FSP, XFX or the increasingly rare OCZ. Dual 8 (or 6+2) pin PCI-E leads would make it compatible with all current, and future cards.


'There's always something better tomorrow'
That quote pretty much solves this for me and I think I'll get the 7970 soon. My CPU is real bad and like I said I will most likely never get the opportunity to upgrade again anytime soon so I'll get the 3570k and maybe ask a friend about overclocking it in a few years.

Thank you guys for all your answers :) 
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