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Graphic card: Should I wait or just go for it now?

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July 3, 2012 2:42:04 PM

I recently returned my 560 TI SLI since I dont play BF3 that much and my i7 ivy bridge processor graphics are plenty for WoW (the only game I really play)
My question is are the graphic cards out now worth spending the money on? Any new releases coming soon? Should I wait?


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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I would want to have a graphics card ordered at least withing 1-2 months

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:WoW/BF3 for the most part, will be rocking the new GTA5 when its out.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:i7 3770k corsair enthusiast series 1200

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Z77 ASUS SABERTOOTH, 16GB DDR3 1866 GSKILL, 120GB SSD Corsair FS3, noctua dh 14 heatsink, big case (NZXT switch 810), 1TB seagate

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference as long as I can rape BF3

OVERCLOCKING: CPU, yes, GPU, not so much, maybe 1-5% OC to be safe.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, soon 1080p.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Im not in a rush, and I dont want to spend more than 600$ on a GPU.

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a c 91 U Graphics card
July 3, 2012 3:10:58 PM

we're waiting on a 660ti or 660 (nonti) around september. other than that, your best shot would be pulling the trigger on a gtx 670 now. it's a solid buy.

if you can wait longer, there's always new generations of GPUs coming in. namely the 8*** series from AMD around christmas, or Nvidia's 7** series sometime early next year
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July 3, 2012 3:36:02 PM

Blah next year is too long, I was thinking the 680? From what I hear the 7979 blows the 670 away, even 560s in SLI or ti.
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July 3, 2012 4:09:02 PM

HD 7950 Flashed to a 7970 may be the best bet in the market until The gtx 660ti comes out to make for a hopefully crown capping alternative for the budgetesque segment.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
July 3, 2012 4:18:09 PM

frsty said:
Blah next year is too long, I was thinking the 680? From what I hear the 7979 blows the 670 away, even 560s in SLI or ti.


Thought you were partial to Nvidia, in which case the 670 is the best deal. the 680 isn't worth $100 more. the 7970, especially something like my sapphire dual-x model can certainly blow a 670 away for $460-470
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a b U Graphics card
July 3, 2012 4:41:20 PM

I'd recommend the 670 GTX normally (specifically the Gigabyte open cooler I wish I had bought) since it performs close to the 7970 (even when both are overclocked - see http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/05/14/geforce_680_6...).
If you're at 1080 it's even closer.
BUT, newegg has a 7970 for $410 after rebate so that $10 is probably worth it. Plus, if you ever go triple monitor the 7970 has a larger advantage.

Edit: If power and noise are important to you, the 670 reference is marginally quieter than a reference 7970 and uses less power at the wall (under load). The Gigabyte 670 is very quiet and I'm sure the 7970s with custom coolers are as well but that drives the cost back up and value down.
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July 3, 2012 4:48:02 PM

JED how will the 670 perform against the 7970 on nvidia games like BF3 or the upcoming rockstar games? GTA5? Thats my main concern.
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a b U Graphics card
July 3, 2012 4:54:28 PM

I run BF3 at 1080p on Ultra and it's smooth as glass. No clue about GTA5 but I seem to recall reading that GTA4 is rough on even modern cards so who knows.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
July 3, 2012 5:17:01 PM

"Nvidia games" don't necessarily play better on Nvidia cards. you can see here with Tom's review of 7970 Ghz (mainly the new drivers 12.7 making the difference)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-...

as you go up in resolution, 7970s overtake the 680 and is a clear winner in bf3 performance
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a c 91 U Graphics card
July 3, 2012 5:18:49 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
I run BF3 at 1080p on Ultra and it's smooth as glass. No clue about GTA5 but I seem to recall reading that GTA4 is rough on even modern cards so who knows.


GTA4 was horribly buggy and virtually unplayable on the PC without some simple mods. this is due to a poor job porting it from xbox to the PC. it was confinced that my 7970 has "insufficient memory" to run it until I forced it to run the game anyway (memory required: 500MB and I have 3GB of vram :o  ). so if they do as crappy of a job porting GTA5, I would advise just playing it on the xbox. otherwise, both 7970 and 680/670 should run it fine
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July 4, 2012 6:40:05 PM

Thank you all, I may just go for the Sapphire 7970 and work on some overclocking, or buy one 7950 then save later on for a second one and overclock them/CF.

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a b U Graphics card
July 4, 2012 8:01:19 PM

Think you'll be happy either way :) . Even stock clocked.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
July 4, 2012 8:02:46 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
Think you'll be happy either way :) . Even stock clocked.


Agreed :) 

and feel free to make another thread if you need help overclocking etc
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July 4, 2012 8:37:11 PM

Hah I will maybe in a week, since I wont get it till like tues prob.
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August 5, 2012 6:14:42 PM

vmem said:
Thought you were partial to Nvidia, in which case the 670 is the best deal. the 680 isn't worth $100 more. the 7970, especially something like my sapphire dual-x model can certainly blow a 670 away for $460-470


Well since I do not play games on the card, and for the most part what I do with the card does NOT SUPPORT ATI, then we wait for Nvidia.

Games are not the SOLE reason to buy these GPU cards
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