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GPU for 3D, Buy Now or Wait for Kepler?

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a b U Graphics card
January 17, 2012 12:00:04 AM

In short, I need a new GPU to game in 3D on my 3DTV. Nvidia 3D support is just plain better from what I've found, so unless someone else can provide a reason to do otherwise, I will be getting an Nvidia card.

So, what I am most concerned about now is what video card to buy. When gaming in 3D, my resolution will obviously be 1280x720 but require additional power for 3D. The other half of the time, my main LCD monitor is 1680x1050. I will RARELY be gaming on my TV w/o 3D, so 1080p only RARELY. I was thinking a GTX 570 would handle all of this pretty good, and be a good upgrade from my 4870. I was specifically looking at the EVGA superclocked ones. However, I have a feq questions.

When is Kepler coming out? This is my biggest concern. I've been waiting since August to purchase a card for the power upgrade and for 3D. I don't want to buy something now if the Kepler equivalent of a 570 comes out in a month or two. From what I've heard, Nvidia will be starting with low end cards, so the high end cards wont arrive till Q4 2012. What do you guys think/know about this?

Do you think a 570 will fit my needs? I wish to play World of Warcraft, Battlefield 3, Starcraft 2, Crysis 2, and some other random games like the stalker series. The ones I will be playing in 3D will mainly be Battlefield 3, World of Warcraft, and occasionally Crysis 2 and and Starcraft 2. How would a 570 handle those games in 3D at 1280x720? I want to come near to maxing games out, except i realize a 570 might not do this for Battlefield 3 and Crysis 2. And how would a 570 handle these games at 1680x1050? And the rare 1080p?

How much VRAM do I need? Is it worth it to spend the extra $70ish for a 2.5GB 570 from EVGA, or will the 1280mb one do? Remember, mainly playing at 1680x1050 and 1280x720(this one in 3D) about equally and most of the time. Rarely 1080p. Does the extra VRAM help in my situation?

Could my power supply handle the GTX 570? Or would it be cutting it too close? Major websites rated my power supply as quality, Tier 2 I believe(can anyone confirm?) Here is the page for my power supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

How does the EVGA step-up program work? I feel this could help if Kepler release is approaching...

Lastly, here are current specs:

2500k@4.4Ghz
8GB 1600mhz RAM
2x250GB HDD
HIS 4870 512mb
OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W PSU
22" Acer LCD 1680x1050(if you read my post, will be using about 55% of time)
LG 47LW5300 3DTV 1280x720(3DTV max resolution for gaming in 3D, but 3D cuts performance in half, will be using this 40% of the time, and using it in 2D @ 1080p 5-10% of time)

Thanks for reading!

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a b U Graphics card
January 18, 2012 4:28:44 PM

Your power supply is not enough for an 570. Only 570 when you play consume 330W http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2010/12/07/nvidia-gefo... . Better to wait the new 600 series , maybe the 3D experience will better implemented , like in the new AMD 7970.
For an 570 you need an 600W-650W with all your overclock.
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2012 4:05:02 AM

thanks for the reply.

what do others think about a 570 performance? There is one for sale I have my eye on, so I was just wondering how well it will perform for what i need it(read OP plz).
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a c 88 U Graphics card
January 19, 2012 4:29:34 AM

I would definately wait with Kepler around the corner the 570 will be out dated quite quickly especially for 3D gaming.
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2012 12:33:45 PM

Alright. How long do you guys think it will be before we see the Kepler equivalent of the 570?
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February 10, 2012 4:55:06 PM

lol dude, if you're gaming at 720p in 3D a 570 will make you more than happy. I game in 3D at 1680x1050 on a 560ti all the time and keep framerates above 50 on almost all games with high settings, so if your only going to game in 3D at 720p then i wouldnt even bother waiting. You will have 0 problems. As the other user said before you may want to upgrade your power supply but who knows maybe it will work.
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a b U Graphics card
February 10, 2012 6:23:35 PM

Eh, I think I am going to wait, since I have many other things to do to occupy the time till Kepler arrives. Thanks for sharing your performance though! What games do you play in 3D? I plan on BF3, WoW, Crysis 2, a few others.

I also plan to upgrade my power supply.
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