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Building New Gaming PC - Should I wait for Nvidia 800 Series?

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March 6, 2014 7:49:04 AM

I am building a new gaming PC, I already have everything ordered, other than the GPU, which I am looking to get for under $500.

Do you think it is worth waiting for additional news on the Nvidia 800 series, or are the mid to high end 800 series cards still a ways out?

If it is not worth the wait, please provide me with some recommendations for a GPU in the $300-$500 range. See below for a list of parts that have already been ordered for this computer.

Thanks for any help!


MOBO: ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache - BX80646I54670K

CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

PSU: Cooler Master V700 - 700W Power Supply with Fully Modular Cables and 80 PLUS Gold Certification

Monitor: ASUS VG248QE Black 24" 144Hz 1ms

OS: Windows 8.1 Professional
March 6, 2014 8:04:48 AM

bsdunk35 said:
I am building a new gaming PC, I already have everything ordered, other than the GPU, which I am looking to get for under $500.

Do you think it is worth waiting for additional news on the Nvidia 800 series, or are the mid to high end 800 series cards still a ways out?

If it is not worth the wait, please provide me with some recommendations for a GPU in the $300-$500 range. See below for a list of parts that have already been ordered for this computer.

Thanks for any help!


MOBO: ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache - BX80646I54670K

CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

PSU: Cooler Master V700 - 700W Power Supply with Fully Modular Cables and 80 PLUS Gold Certification

Monitor: ASUS VG248QE Black 24" 144Hz 1ms

OS: Windows 8.1 Professional


You're pretty much in the middle of the 7xx lifecycle. I'd just pick up a 760 now for around $250 and wait, as long as you plan to stick with 1080p. Save that money for 8xx cards at a higher resolution.
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March 6, 2014 12:12:34 PM

If you wanted to just game with one monitor at 1080p, a 760 is a pretty decent bet without dumping all your cash. The next step up would be a GTX 770 or an R9 280x. The 280x is a little more expensive, but runs a little faster. So if you wanted a faster GPU now, you can go with a 280x, or dump your whole budget into a 290. The GTX 770 is the middle road if a lot of power for a great value, and should kill a single 1080p screen pretty easily. If you want more overhead (for more money), the 280x is great.

You can also *technically* eek out a 780 at your budged, but that's probably overkill. I say pick up a 770, it'll last you a long time, or you can re-sell it later, and it'll be a good match for your system IMO.
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March 6, 2014 1:33:37 PM

l337n00bh4x0r said:
If you wanted to just game with one monitor at 1080p, a 760 is a pretty decent bet without dumping all your cash. The next step up would be a GTX 770 or an R9 280x. The 280x is a little more expensive, but runs a little faster. So if you wanted a faster GPU now, you can go with a 280x, or dump your whole budget into a 290. The GTX 770 is the middle road if a lot of power for a great value, and should kill a single 1080p screen pretty easily. If you want more overhead (for more money), the 280x is great.

You can also *technically* eek out a 780 at your budged, but that's probably overkill. I say pick up a 770, it'll last you a long time, or you can re-sell it later, and it'll be a good match for your system IMO.


this is a good option to get the 760 and since its only $250 if you notice you dont like the power your gettig in game you can pick up a second one and sli which is shown to be very powerful
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March 6, 2014 1:46:46 PM

I ended up ordering the EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked with EVGA ACX Cooler, 2GB GDDR5 256bit, DL DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Ready Graphics Cards (02G-P4-2774-KR) for $330.

Hopefully that will keep my system running high to ultra for a couple years at least. Thanks for help guys.
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