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November 12, 2013 7:01:58 AM

Dell XPS 8100
8gb ram
Intel i7 870
Cooler Master 700 watt PSU
GTX 560 ti

So I'm about to upgrade my PSU and GPU but I'm trying to figure out the best strategy for future proofing so I can game with current and future games. Is it better to buy a mid-range card now and upgrade every year or should I buy the most expensive card I can afford now? I know games are going to get more demanding and I don't mind spending $300-$400 every year or every other year to stay current. Is that a better strategy than say buying a 780 or 780 ti and expecting it to last me 2 to 3 years? I only use one monitor and at 1080p but want 60+fps and prefer anti aliasing.

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November 12, 2013 7:07:36 AM

In terms of economy, I would say its best to get a mid range card every year and then sell that card each time you upgrade (as it will still be worth good money).
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November 12, 2013 7:10:28 AM

RobCrezz said:
In terms of economy, I would say its best to get a mid range card every year and then sell that card each time you upgrade (as it will still be worth good money).


That's kind of what I was thinking too, but I'm very computer illiterate. You think a GTX 770 will hold me over for a year or so?
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November 12, 2013 7:19:46 AM

chrisfromoh said:
RobCrezz said:
In terms of economy, I would say its best to get a mid range card every year and then sell that card each time you upgrade (as it will still be worth good money).


That's kind of what I was thinking too, but I'm very computer illiterate. You think a GTX 770 will hold me over for a year or so?


What CPU do you have?

Might not be worth going that high if your CPU would bottleneck.

If you dont go nuts with the detail settings, the gtx 760 is more than enough for 1080p gaming.

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November 12, 2013 7:21:56 AM

A 770 will likely last you upwards of 2 years playing on ultra.
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November 12, 2013 7:22:37 AM

Upper mid range and high end cards hold their value for a year+. I personally have always stayed with cards in $200-250 range and keep them for a year or two. It might be last generation high end or current mid range but works for me with everything playable on acceptable settings.
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November 12, 2013 7:24:04 AM

RobCrezz said:
chrisfromoh said:
RobCrezz said:
In terms of economy, I would say its best to get a mid range card every year and then sell that card each time you upgrade (as it will still be worth good money).


That's kind of what I was thinking too, but I'm very computer illiterate. You think a GTX 770 will hold me over for a year or so?


What CPU do you have?

Might not be worth going that high if your CPU would bottleneck.

If you dont go nuts with the detail settings, the gtx 760 is more than enough for 1080p gaming.



Sorry, I knew i forgot a spec on my rig. I have an Intel i7 870. I'd like to max as many settings as possible and use AA, which is why I was leaning towards either a 770 or 780.
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November 12, 2013 7:27:59 AM

chrisfromoh said:
RobCrezz said:
chrisfromoh said:
RobCrezz said:
In terms of economy, I would say its best to get a mid range card every year and then sell that card each time you upgrade (as it will still be worth good money).


That's kind of what I was thinking too, but I'm very computer illiterate. You think a GTX 770 will hold me over for a year or so?


What CPU do you have?

Might not be worth going that high if your CPU would bottleneck.

If you dont go nuts with the detail settings, the gtx 760 is more than enough for 1080p gaming.



Sorry, I knew i forgot a spec on my rig. I have an Intel i7 870. I'd like to max as many settings as possible and use AA, which is why I was leaning towards either a 770 or 780.


I would go for a 770. I wouldnt go for any higher than the 770 until you upgrade your CPU/mobo in the future.

That said, your current computer parts still would fetch a good price on the used market at the moment.

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November 12, 2013 7:33:40 AM

RobCrezz said:
chrisfromoh said:
RobCrezz said:
chrisfromoh said:
RobCrezz said:
In terms of economy, I would say its best to get a mid range card every year and then sell that card each time you upgrade (as it will still be worth good money).


That's kind of what I was thinking too, but I'm very computer illiterate. You think a GTX 770 will hold me over for a year or so?


What CPU do you have?

Might not be worth going that high if your CPU would bottleneck.

If you dont go nuts with the detail settings, the gtx 760 is more than enough for 1080p gaming.



Sorry, I knew i forgot a spec on my rig. I have an Intel i7 870. I'd like to max as many settings as possible and use AA, which is why I was leaning towards either a 770 or 780.


I would go for a 770. I wouldnt go for any higher than the 770 until you upgrade your CPU/mobo in the future.

That said, your current computer parts still would fetch a good price on the used market at the moment.



Awesome, thanks so much. Do you think I should pull the trigger now or wait until black friday/cyber monday. I'm not sure how much prices fluctuate for GPU's during this time of year or if they are going to stay pretty consistent since they just dropped the prices when they realeased the 780 ti.
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November 12, 2013 7:39:13 AM

chrisfromoh said:
RobCrezz said:
chrisfromoh said:
RobCrezz said:
chrisfromoh said:
RobCrezz said:
In terms of economy, I would say its best to get a mid range card every year and then sell that card each time you upgrade (as it will still be worth good money).


That's kind of what I was thinking too, but I'm very computer illiterate. You think a GTX 770 will hold me over for a year or so?


What CPU do you have?

Might not be worth going that high if your CPU would bottleneck.

If you dont go nuts with the detail settings, the gtx 760 is more than enough for 1080p gaming.



Sorry, I knew i forgot a spec on my rig. I have an Intel i7 870. I'd like to max as many settings as possible and use AA, which is why I was leaning towards either a 770 or 780.


I would go for a 770. I wouldnt go for any higher than the 770 until you upgrade your CPU/mobo in the future.

That said, your current computer parts still would fetch a good price on the used market at the moment.



Awesome, thanks so much. Do you think I should pull the trigger now or wait until black friday/cyber monday. I'm not sure how much prices fluctuate for GPU's during this time of year or if they are going to stay pretty consistent since they just dropped the prices when they realeased the 780 ti.


No one really knows! But seeing how close we are, might be worth holding on. You would kick your self if there was a $50 rebate or something :) 
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November 12, 2013 7:48:45 AM

Another vote for the GTX770!
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November 12, 2013 9:18:33 AM

Well honestly a 770 or a R9 280x really... best bang for the bang at the moment I believe. At least 280x has 3 GB memory instead of 2 GB of 770.
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