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March 10, 2014 8:21:19 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 8:28:56 AM

It might depend where you are in the world but graphics card prices are all over the place due to cryto$$$. Maxwell will be hugely energy efficient meaning better hash per watt things. It might be worth waiting for a high-end maxwell launch and observe prices of kepler chips 770/780 after that.
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March 10, 2014 8:29:38 AM

fatboyslimerr said:
It might depend where you are in the world but graphics card prices are all over the place due to cryto$$$. Maxwell will be hugely energy efficient meaning better hash per watt things. It might be worth waiting for a high-end maxwell launch and observe prices of kepler chips 770/780 after that.


I live in the US
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March 10, 2014 8:33:44 AM

your i7 870 shouldn't be much of a bottle neck. i would encourage you to get a heavily overclocked gtx 770 unless, like me, you crank your filters upt to 16 and 16 (or what ever the game engine can handle with hardware overides) then get the 780. if your just doing 4x by 4x filtering or less the gtx 770 should be fine @1080p save a few game like crysis 3 where sli is required for those levels filtering and resolution to play @ 60fps or more.
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March 10, 2014 8:33:48 AM

i'd say get a 780, as with waiting you could wait forever.

I haven't seen Nvidia release dates yet so forgive me if I'm wrong.

the new releases will hardly kill off the 780 from being able to play games at ultra anyway.

if cost is an issue then the 770 is hardly a bad card either.
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March 10, 2014 8:42:37 AM

I wouldn't wait for the 8XX gen from Nvidia, only because I think you will have a long wait until you see a higher end "desktop" card. From what I've seen it appears that Nvidia is starting to focus on the mobile market first, and then come around to desktop. This is a newer company strategy, as in the past it has been a performance desktop launch, and from there they have introduced mobile options. Obviously, this is just information that has come from leaked timelines, and is speculation. But it does make sense as both AMD and Intel appear to be introducing the same development strategies.
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March 10, 2014 10:32:40 AM

Thanks for the comments guys i guess waiting is not a good option but i am still not sure to what gpu go for. Gtx 770 seems nice cause i can then buy another new gpu for $300 ish but gtx 780 can be a well done deal right now since it is really good for 1080 atm but i am not really the person that must need everything max or ima die type of person. So, the gtx 780ti may be overkill. And honedlty the only reason i want a 120hz is for games like wow and elder scrolls so i don't need a powerhouse gpu to keep the 120hz going
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March 10, 2014 10:44:07 AM

GTX 770 is a solid card for 1080p (its basically an overclocked version of the 680 if you didn't already know). The 770 plays all modern games and high/ultra settings, unless you need all the trilinear filtering etc turned up to max - which is unnecessary imo. The 770 is a good price/performance card which does great at 1080p.

In my opinion save your 200$ and put it towards your next GPU in 2-3 years.
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March 10, 2014 1:06:43 PM

Adroid said:
GTX 770 is a solid card for 1080p (its basically an overclocked version of the 680 if you didn't already know). The 770 plays all modern games and high/ultra settings, unless you need all the trilinear filtering etc turned up to max - which is unnecessary imo. The 770 is a good price/performance card which does great at 1080p.

In my opinion save your 200$ and put it towards your next GPU in 2-3 years.


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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March 11, 2014 9:58:48 AM

Blackheart89 said:
Adroid said:
GTX 770 is a solid card for 1080p (its basically an overclocked version of the 680 if you didn't already know). The 770 plays all modern games and high/ultra settings, unless you need all the trilinear filtering etc turned up to max - which is unnecessary imo. The 770 is a good price/performance card which does great at 1080p.

In my opinion save your 200$ and put it towards your next GPU in 2-3 years.


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.


Well, regardless of game packages the best "bang for the buck" cards right now are the GTX 760 for medium-high performance, and 770 for high-ultra performance.

I got the 3 games with my 770, but wasn't overly impressed with any of them. They are all repeats of their predecessor. Blacklist is similar to Convcition, Black flag is near identical to Revelations, and if you have played Arkham City, you have played Arkham Origins... The stories are all a little different (barf) but the gameplay is about the same (and fun, needless to say, but most of us have "been there done that").

Looking forward to playing Titanfall when I get home today =))))
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March 11, 2014 10:00:01 AM

Not trying to talk you into buying it either.. What GPU are you currently using? Maybe you should wait -
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March 11, 2014 11:50:54 AM

You won't be sorry with the 770 or the 780. They are both excellent. The best advice an give you is the same that I recently gave a friend of mine.
"If you are having trouble deciding between the 770 and the 780, get the 770." I say this because if you are going to get into the extreme performance cards like the 780, or the Titan, there is a very real issue of diminishing returns on the price/performance scale.

You buy the Titan or the 780 (780ti also) almost more for the fact that you can say you have one, than for the performance gain you get over the 770. And I say that owning 2 780's :) 

He picked up a 770, and is very happy, and saved some cash.
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March 12, 2014 2:24:34 PM

Adroid said:
Not trying to talk you into buying it either.. What GPU are you currently using? Maybe you should wait -


i am using a radeon 5570HD ...yeah i know
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March 12, 2014 2:37:13 PM

Simsreaper said:
You won't be sorry with the 770 or the 780. They are both excellent. The best advice an give you is the same that I recently gave a friend of mine.
"If you are having trouble deciding between the 770 and the 780, get the 770." I say this because if you are going to get into the extreme performance cards like the 780, or the Titan, there is a very real issue of diminishing returns on the price/performance scale.

You buy the Titan or the 780 (780ti also) almost more for the fact that you can say you have one, than for the performance gain you get over the 770. And I say that owning 2 780's :) 

He picked up a 770, and is very happy, and saved some cash.


Thanks for the info the problem is would it bottleneck with my cpu/motherboard? cause its be like 50/50 lately that telling it either is or not with 770/780.
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March 12, 2014 2:53:37 PM

Would one of them bottleneck with your i7 870? I doubt it. The 780 may come close but I can give you this reference. I run an i5-2500K chip, and at a slight OC to 3.7 Ghz, in game I have 99-100% gpu utilization where my cpu is at 40-50%. Of course, it will depend which game your playing, as some are more cpu intensive than others.
A 780 may come close to making your CPU a bottleneck, but even if it does, it wont be to a point where it would be a noticeable issue.
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March 12, 2014 3:13:04 PM

Simsreaper said:
Would one of them bottleneck with your i7 870? I doubt it. The 780 may come close but I can give you this reference. I run an i5-2500K chip, and at a slight OC to 3.7 Ghz, in game I have 99-100% gpu utilization where my cpu is at 40-50%. Of course, it will depend which game your playing, as some are more cpu intensive than others.
A 780 may come close to making your CPU a bottleneck, but even if it does, it wont be to a point where it would be a noticeable issue.


Well my motherboard don't allow overclocking so i can't OC.
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March 13, 2014 5:21:35 AM

Blackheart89 said:
Simsreaper said:
You won't be sorry with the 770 or the 780. They are both excellent. The best advice an give you is the same that I recently gave a friend of mine.
"If you are having trouble deciding between the 770 and the 780, get the 770." I say this because if you are going to get into the extreme performance cards like the 780, or the Titan, there is a very real issue of diminishing returns on the price/performance scale.

You buy the Titan or the 780 (780ti also) almost more for the fact that you can say you have one, than for the performance gain you get over the 770. And I say that owning 2 780's :) 

He picked up a 770, and is very happy, and saved some cash.


Thanks for the info the problem is would it bottleneck with my cpu/motherboard? cause its be like 50/50 lately that telling it either is or not with 770/780.


Blackheart89 said:
Simsreaper said:
Would one of them bottleneck with your i7 870? I doubt it. The 780 may come close but I can give you this reference. I run an i5-2500K chip, and at a slight OC to 3.7 Ghz, in game I have 99-100% gpu utilization where my cpu is at 40-50%. Of course, it will depend which game your playing, as some are more cpu intensive than others.
A 780 may come close to making your CPU a bottleneck, but even if it does, it wont be to a point where it would be a noticeable issue.


Well my motherboard don't allow overclocking so i can't OC.


The bottom line is that a GTX 770 will play every game out right now at high/ultra with good fps. If you want to pay the extra 150$+ for a little better, than go for it. It's mostly agreed upon that buying above a 770 is the point of diminishing returns, and reserved for enthusiasts and people that have more money.
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