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February 11, 2012 9:50:41 AM

Hello,
i am planning for a gamin rig. Thing is should i buy a graphics card now (hd6950 or gtx 570) or wait for the hd 78xx and the kepler GPU's to be launched. (hd 7950 out of my budget)

About mobos: PCIe3.0 or PCIe 2.0. What will be the performance loss if i put a new GPU in PCIe2.0.

I want the maximum performance within a limited budget.Plzz give your suggestions. :) 

P.S
My budget is around (1000$-1200$)
Me not from U.S

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a b U Graphics card
February 11, 2012 10:25:21 AM

I would go with a 3.o spec motherboard and a 2.0 card for now. Early benchmarks say the the new 3.0 cards are not a huge improvement. Just get the highest end 2.0 card you can, and then upgrade when it gets to slow, or as newer 3.0 cards get fast enough to make the upgrade worthwhile. At least you'll already be set up on the motherboard.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
February 11, 2012 11:48:20 AM

Your budget is $1000-$1200? Too much... I guess you put another dollar not USD.

You can get a 6970 (which is when you like ATi/AMD) or a 570 (nVidia), then skip kepler or 78xx. Because we don't know them yet and maybe it's disappointing. Who knows? We do better buy now and buy the generation after the Kepler and 8xxx series or anytime where your cards get slow at gaming standards.

PCI-E 2.0 and PCI-E 3.0 shows very little performance difference in 7970. In 78xx or kepler it should be the same, so you are OK with a PCI-E 2.0 Motherboard. But maybe PCI-E will be more future proof. It's really going to depend on you really.
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February 11, 2012 11:20:36 PM

Heartful thanks for the suggestions :D 

but is the hd7870 worth the wait :pt1cable: 
(i mean if it turns out to be a superlative price to performance card compared to hd6970 or the gtx570)
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a b U Graphics card
February 12, 2012 4:53:12 AM

I agree with refillable, get the 6970 now and when the 89xx series comes out or Nvidia equivalent arrives look into getting a 79xx series by then the cards will be fully tested performance wise and you'll have a better idea what your buying. the 69xx or 5xx series will max out most games for years to come anyway, and you'll save some cash
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a b U Graphics card
February 12, 2012 5:08:14 AM

As someone who has been building for 24 years, I have to say that the bleeding edge ain't what it use to be. The increases these days are so slight that they are just not worth the money. In this case, based on the current 7900 series cards that are out, there is no reason to believe that the 7800 series will be any great improvement either. However, the PCIe 3.0 motherboard will set you up for future upgrades at relatively little extra cost.
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