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March 10, 2014 7:45:42 AM

Hey guys i am considering to upgrade only my gpu and psu for my current pc which is a k320 Lenovo. it has a i7 870 cpu, L-IIBXM v1 motherboard, 8gb ram, and i playing on a 1080p led single monitor but i may get a 120hz 1080p monitor in the summer/fall. Looking to buy either a gtx 770 or 780 or even waiting for the 8xx series if it hopefully the price of those will be similar to 770/780. Idk if my cpu will bottleneck 780 other betters ones (Maxwell). Anyway my budget is pretty much the price of a gtx 780 since i am planning on buying a psu with that and also maybe a case and ssd. however, if the jump between the 770 to 780 is not worth the extra money then i rather not go that far. I play games such as WoW, hearthstone, Diablo, Southpark, and looking forward for games such as titanfall, dark souls 2, dragon age, elder scrolls and few others. Also, I do not want to SLI so at all because i am not the one that pay the bills at my house and prefer a single gpu. Thanks!!

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March 10, 2014 7:54:47 AM

I like my 780. I had a 770 and upgraded and I can run every game currently out at ultra. The overclocking on my card is amazing compared to what I could do with my 770 I don't plan on upgrading again until 2016 when the volta series comes out. Maxwell and the 800 series don't interest me that much since I hear maxwell is more for saving electricity than anything.
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March 10, 2014 7:56:25 AM

Buying a fully-unlocked version of a chip at the end of it's cycle is what I recommend. That would bring you to the 780 ti. If you're looking at the gk110 chip, which is on the 780s and Titans, then either get the fully-unlocked one or wait. The reason I don't think getting a regular 780 is a good idea is because you'll have the same chip in your computer as a 780 ti has, but you would have paid for a version of that chip that is limited at the factory. You'll also run into the same problem if you buy into Maxwell early. The (supposedly named) 880 will be a locked down chip until Maxwell is coming to an end in a year or so.

The other advantage to buying at the end of a chip cycle in addition to having a fully-unlocked option is that the drivers are mature. Things will be stable, and you won't have to worry that software is holding you back. Nvidia and AMD's gaming card market releases versions of a card and tests them on consumers. I'd rather benefit from all that testing than pay in to it and be stuck with a locked down card.
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March 10, 2014 8:18:41 AM

pyr0_m4n said:
I like my 780. I had a 770 and upgraded and I can run every game currently out at ultra. The overclocking on my card is amazing compared to what I could do with my 770 I don't plan on upgrading again until 2016 when the volta series comes out. Maxwell and the 800 series don't interest me that much since I hear maxwell is more for saving electricity than anything.


thanks for the info i was kind of leaning about the 780 but still not sure about it
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March 10, 2014 8:20:19 AM

Eggz said:
Buying a fully-unlocked version of a chip at the end of it's cycle is what I recommend. That would bring you to the 780 ti. If you're looking at the gk110 chip, which is on the 780s and Titans, then either get the full-unlocked one or wait. The reason I don't think getting a regular 780 is a good idea is because you'll have the same chip in your computer as a 780 ti has, but you would have paid for a version of that chip that is limited at the factory. You'll also run into the same problem if you buy into Maxwell early. The (supposedly named) 880 will be a locked down chip until Maxwell is coming to an end in a year or so.

The other advantage to buying at the end of a chip cycle in addition to having a fully-unlocked option is that the drivers are mature. Things will be stable, and you won't have to worry that software is holding you back. Nvidia and AMD's gaming card market releases versions of a card and tests them on consumers. I'd rather benefit from all that testing than pay in to it and be stuck with a locked down card.


Never thought of it in that way. Seems good but like i said my budget is about the price of a gtx 780 so going for a 780ti with a SSD and a PSU for it will be too costy. Also, I am not even sure if my CPU can handle a GTX 780 ti really well

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March 10, 2014 8:22:46 AM

The ASUS GTX 780 DCUII http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DWV3NM6 is a great buy. The 770 is has a limited bus and only 2GB VRAM compared to the 3GB VRAM of the 780 which is perfect to last quite a while at 1080p resolutions.

The 780Ti is overpriced for the performance gains that you are able to obtain from it. You can wait for Maxwell but it's going to be a while and the 780 really will perform quite well and last you a few years.
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March 10, 2014 8:26:07 AM

GoodJuJu5 said:
The ASUS GTX 780 DCUII http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DWV3NM6 is a great buy. The 770 is has a limited bus and only 2GB VRAM compared to the 3GB VRAM of the 780 which is perfect to last quite a while at 1080p resolutions.

The 780Ti is overpriced for the performance gains that you are able to obtain from it. You can wait for Maxwell but it's going to be a while and the 780 really will perform quite well and last you a few years.


Thanks for the comment, but would a 780 be good buy for my current pc is what i am really worrying about
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March 10, 2014 8:31:43 AM

Blackheart89 said:
GoodJuJu5 said:
The ASUS GTX 780 DCUII http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DWV3NM6 is a great buy. The 770 is has a limited bus and only 2GB VRAM compared to the 3GB VRAM of the 780 which is perfect to last quite a while at 1080p resolutions.

The 780Ti is overpriced for the performance gains that you are able to obtain from it. You can wait for Maxwell but it's going to be a while and the 780 really will perform quite well and last you a few years.


Thanks for the comment, but would a 780 be good buy for my current pc is what i am really worrying about


Yes, especially if you're planning on a 120Hz monitor. The GTX 770 won't be able to push enough FPS to take advantage of a 120Hz monitor. Your current setup can handle a GTX 780 with some slight overclocking to your CPU.
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March 10, 2014 8:40:58 AM

you will lose with 780 or higher. 770 is best choice for every game. and after 2 years you can buy new gpu for 300$ (equal to 780) in addition save you money
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March 10, 2014 9:00:34 AM

Kamran Memmedli said:
you will lose with 780 or higher. 770 is best choice for every game. and after 2 years you can buy new gpu for 300$ (equal to 780) in addition save you money

I've had the 770. It's a pretty good card, but it won't get you smooth play in every game all the time. It will slow down to very choppy in intense scenes at 1080p. I'm guessing you'll want to do more than explore the calm area in a game. If so, get at least the 780. As for the 780 ti, it can offer a 25% performance increase. Check out Tech Syndicate's video review comparing the cards. He actually upgraded from a 780 to a 780 ti.
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March 10, 2014 2:16:00 PM

I think that is a good idea I just feel like something is holding me back from making this decision. Prob cause i missed out on those games deal with it.
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