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May 1, 2013 11:46:34 PM

I am planning to build a gaming PC/HTPC this summer after Intel releases Haswell. Since it doesn't look like AMD or Nvidia are going to release their 8000 and 700 graphics cards until the end of this year or early next year, I figure I'll either buy a Radeon 7000 or GTX 600 series video card. I plan to play games such as the Mass Effect and Crysis trilogies at 1080P and would like to play at around 60 fps or above with as smooth and as high image details as possible (preferably at max settings). I will also use FSX for flight training and possibly do C++. I will hook up the PC to a Sharp Quattron 3D LC-60LE835U 60-inch LED TV. My budget for the card is around $500 but I wish to avoid overkill.
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May 1, 2013 11:53:54 PM

there's a slight chance that amd and nvidia will launch new gfx cards after haswell comes out, in around q4-ish. rumor is that both amd and nvidia's new gpus will be based on existing architectures but with new model numbers.
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May 2, 2013 12:58:12 AM

see mass effect and crysis are like 2 different worlds my friend, u can get 60 fps in mass effect 3 with almost intel hd 4000 gpu but crysis is a beast so u should go for a bit over kill. if u could jus get 670 that'd be good cuz its 100 bucks cheaper than 680 and performance is almost identical or go for 2 650sli thatd be very handy for u and im pretty sure nvidia wont release anythin till 2014 summer believe that
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May 2, 2013 2:31:55 AM

jpolk1138 said:
I am planning to build a gaming PC/HTPC this summer after Intel releases Haswell. Since it doesn't look like AMD or Nvidia are going to release their 8000 and 700 graphics cards until the end of this year or early next year, I figure I'll either buy a Radeon 7000 or GTX 600 series video card. I plan to play games such as the Mass Effect and Crysis trilogies at 1080P and would like to play at around 60 fps or above with as smooth and as high image details as possible (preferably at max settings). I will also use FSX for flight training and possibly do C++. I will hook up the PC to a Sharp Quattron 3D LC-60LE835U 60-inch LED TV. My budget for the card is around $500 but I wish to avoid overkill.


If you ask today i will say nvidia for physx and CUDA. But AMD is working on to counteract these two. So i don't know about things gonna happen in the future. Even things can change in a week after a new release or price drop.

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May 2, 2013 4:46:17 AM

Get two GTX 650 Ti Boost in SLI. Costs about $300 for two, beats performance of the GTX 680 or HD 7970 Ghz.
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May 2, 2013 5:58:12 AM

Nvidia:
-Better driver support (better performance in new games)
-Better SLI support, better SLI performance (if a multi-GPU setup is a possibility in your future)
-PhysX

AMD
-7970 slightly more power than 680
-Free games program "Never Settle", so you'll get a few new free games with your card
-Very recent trend of more AMD optimised titles, however historically Nvidia usually has more.
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May 2, 2013 6:00:19 AM

huilun02 said:
Get two GTX 650 Ti Boost in SLI. Costs about $300 for two, beats performance of the GTX 680 or HD 7970 Ghz.


not my personal suggestion. In some applications this will be better, but when you get into a demanding game like Crysis 3 with two weaker cards, you'll encounter micro-stuttering. My recommendation is get a powerful single card, or SLI two powerful cards if it's in your budget.
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