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October 17, 2012 8:38:30 AM

Hi people!

Last June (2012) I built a system with 2 Asus 680 GTX SLI. I understand that in 2013 a new range of GPUs is coming out (700 series).
Should I upgrade in 2013 or should I wait for Maxwell in 2014?

Please advise.


Cheers!

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a c 175 U Graphics card
October 17, 2012 10:28:17 AM

I would go to wait the Maxwell cards. The 680 SLI should be powerful enough for now.
a c 175 U Graphics card
October 17, 2012 10:51:24 AM

I wouldn't call Darkoil's reply rude. I had similar thoughts. Why upgrade from the current best gaming cards? Other then to gloat that is.

As with all upgrading questions I ask you the same one I ask everyone who asks me. What does you computer do that you wish it did better? GTX680 SLI should be good enough for max settings 3screen/3D. There might be a game here and there where this isn't the case but I'd bet they aren't common. I don't think two 7xx cards would change things for you. I vote stay with what you have, GPU wise at least.
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October 17, 2012 10:59:33 AM

4745454b said:
I wouldn't call Darkoil's reply rude. I had similar thoughts. Why upgrade from the current best gaming cards? Other then to gloat that is.

As with all upgrading questions I ask you the same one I ask everyone who asks me. What does you computer do that you wish it did better? GTX680 SLI should be good enough for max settings 3screen/3D. There might be a game here and there where this isn't the case but I'd bet they aren't common. I don't think two 7xx cards would change things for you. I vote stay with what you have, GPU wise at least.


I play with a single screen in 1080p and run everything on Ultra at 60 FPS.
My question was regarding games in 2013. Will I be able to run them with the same settings/FPS?
I will definetly upgrade to Maxwell in 2014 though!
October 17, 2012 11:22:16 AM

4745454b said:
I wouldn't call Darkoil's reply rude.


I do not see any intention for malice whatsoever. :) 

Let's leave this issue be.
a b U Graphics card
October 17, 2012 11:24:18 AM

gtx680 problably have the same horse power with Gtx770..
and (maybe) similar performace with Gtx860


Well, at sli configuration, you'll still have one of the fastest card out there..

don't worry, your graphics card will have enough performance until 2014..

well, i've still used my old 5850..card from 3 years ago..and it still serve me very well...
a b U Graphics card
October 17, 2012 12:01:27 PM

If you have enought money for that much, get a dual cpu mobo for xeons and 4 SLI the 680.
If not, id rather wait untill there is a reason to upgrade (when games odnt run well enought for example?).
October 17, 2012 12:42:24 PM

Ok thanks!
I'll wait till 2014 and buy 2 Maxwell GPUs!
a c 175 U Graphics card
October 17, 2012 12:48:34 PM

Single screen 1080 with GTX680 SLI? You'll be fine for quite awhile. I honestly wouldn't worry about it.

I do have to change my tune a bit. There is one reason I can think of to upgrade. While it costs a lot to get on the "bleeding edge", it doesn't cost much to stay there. Meaning it probably won't cost too much to upgrade both of those cards to the "GTX780" if you also sell your GTX680s. If you want to stay on the "bleeding edge" and can afford the ~$100 per card to upgrade "hit", then by all means do so. You won't to inorder to stay the newest games, but by selling the GTX680s right when the 780s come out you'll get the most money you can get for those cards.
October 17, 2012 1:29:10 PM

4745454b said:
Single screen 1080 with GTX680 SLI? You'll be fine for quite awhile. I honestly wouldn't worry about it.

I do have to change my tune a bit. There is one reason I can think of to upgrade. While it costs a lot to get on the "bleeding edge", it doesn't cost much to stay there. Meaning it probably won't cost too much to upgrade both of those cards to the "GTX780" if you also sell your GTX680s. If you want to stay on the "bleeding edge" and can afford the ~$100 per card to upgrade "hit", then by all means do so. You won't to inorder to stay the newest games, but by selling the GTX680s right when the 780s come out you'll get the most money you can get for those cards.


That's EXACTLY what I was thinking!
How much do you think I can make selling 2 reference GTX 680 in 5 months?
Where would you sell them?
a c 175 U Graphics card
October 17, 2012 1:50:39 PM

How much can you make? Probably nothing. As a used item you'll probably need to sell them for less then a new one. (unless you can find a sucker...) Lets make some numbers up. Lets say you bought them new for $400 each. You can sell them to a friend for $300 each. You can buy the new 780 for $450. To get on the bleeding edge new it should cost you $900, but you can recoup $600 of it by selling your old cards so it will really only cost you $300, or $150 per card. (just made up the prices, no clue how close any of that is.) As I mentioned the longer you wait, the more the used prices for the GTX680 will fall. Not everyone believes in this model. I personally believe in upgrading when I need to, or when I find a great deal.

As for where you can sell them you can always try ebay or your local Craigs list. There are also FS/FT (For Sale/For Trade) forums on popular websites. Toms, Anand has them, as does HardOCP which is my personal favorite. It helps to have heatware (look it up) along with any other online reference. Some sites like Hard also have post requirements. This helps weed out the scammers.
October 17, 2012 1:59:22 PM

Why wouldn't I make nothing? If i can make 600-700£ from selling my 680, I'll gladly buy the new 780.
Would I really need to though? LoL
I'm really undecisive! XD
October 17, 2012 2:43:36 PM

I just upgraded from the AMD 4850 in my iMac 2009 to a GTX 660 in my new Windows/Hackintosh. That's a big leap on paper. In reality, though, I can't say any game suddenly became better. Borderlands 2 was very playable on the iMac (in Bootcamp) but while the graphics became slightly more detailed, and I was able to play at a higher res, the experience wasn't mind-blowingly different on the 660. Same with the handful of other games I've tried out.

I'd really question the wisdom of paying more than 250 bucks for a graphic card (or 2). As for upgrading from the cards you already have? Well, that's slightly nuts, to be honest...
October 17, 2012 3:22:03 PM

Thunderpants said:
I just upgraded from the AMD 4850 in my iMac 2009 to a GTX 660 in my new Windows/Hackintosh. That's a big leap on paper. In reality, though, I can't say any game suddenly became better. Borderlands 2 was very playable on the iMac (in Bootcamp) but while the graphics became slightly more detailed, and I was able to play at a higher res, the experience wasn't mind-blowingly different on the 660. Same with the handful of other games I've tried out.

I'd really question the wisdom of paying more than 250 bucks for a graphic card (or 2). As for upgrading from the cards you already have? Well, that's slightly nuts, to be honest...


I suppose the question is whether I can run all games at 1080p Ultra 4x AA at 60 FPS till early 2014 with my 2 680s... :pt1cable: 
October 17, 2012 4:14:36 PM

I just happy running games at 1080p lol.
a c 175 U Graphics card
October 18, 2012 4:00:44 AM

I meant by make money that you shouldn't be able to sell the GTX680s for more then it would cost to buy two new GTX780s. Look at my example again if unclear. You'll get money, but how much depends on how much you can sell the GTX680s for.
October 18, 2012 8:47:48 AM

4745454b said:
I meant by make money that you shouldn't be able to sell the GTX680s for more then it would cost to buy two new GTX780s. Look at my example again if unclear. You'll get money, but how much depends on how much you can sell the GTX680s for.


Ok thanks.
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