i am planning for my new build to get a gpu around the 200-250 range, if i wait for the 8000 series will there only be the 300 and up cards available? also would the 7000 series drop at all? and is it worth the wait?
No you shouldnt, 8xxx series has along road ahead and it won't bring gamebreaking changes like the 7xxx series did with 28nm. Yes 7xxx will drop, but only after a good while after 8xxx series gets started massively produced.
Anyway, because english is not my native language and I might confused you, it does not worth waiting. Check this GPU, the best you can buy on this price range and a great GPU overall:
The 7000 series would drop significantly I would think, and it has already done so. Since release the 7850 has dropped, around 70 dollars, while the 7870 has dropped even further than that. I would expect the 7850 to hit around $150, 7870 to around $200, 7950 to $260 and 7970 to drop to around $300, before being slowly phased out.
You also have to realise that price drops of the 7000's will also highly depend on the performance of the 8000 series. If the 8000's are significantly better than the 7000's, then you'll have a price drop for the 7000's. If its barely better, less people will buy the 8000's, and the 7000's will be a little bit higher (Although still quite less than the 8000's.)
There are also rumours that the 8850 will launch at $200, crazy price if they actually do it, which will push down the price of 7000's even further.
I would wait, as unless you are doing a significant GPU upgrade (More than two generations), then you might as well wait for the 8000's. If you are upgrading from the 6000's, you should wait.
If AMD continue their current strategy, you can almost expect a price drop on the 7000 series when the 8000 releases (New year ish). Might get lucky and have the 7950 drop right into your price range.
But if the leaked spec sheets are true, the 8800's will be very competitively priced at launch and by extension the rest of them would be as well. So if you save up some extra cash, you could conceivably buy a 8950 at ~$320.
oh if the 7950 dropped then that would be a miracle lol, it just depends on when i gather my money which depends when i buy my system, it might be smart to get a 100 dollar card and then upgrade then and in the end i can spend the same as buying at current prices and end up with a halfway decent gpu on hand which at those priced gpus they really dont drop in price that much if you have realized
I wouldn't buy a cheap card as a placeholder till the new GPU, just use whatever integrated graphics you have (unless its an AMD CPU). Wont be able to game anything more intensive than The Sims, but its $100 you could spend to go up a card or two when you do get it.
Also there is the faint hope that Nvidia will drop their prices in response to HD8000, but Nvidia is pretty stubborn about that. An AMD-like $50 price cut across the 660Ti and above cards would have AMD by the ropes right now, cant imagine why they haven't done it yet.
If you want to game now, don't wait. Supposedly AMD is bringing out the 8800 cards first and that would be in Q2 of next year (who knows though, they are just rumors). The 7850 2GB is a great card at a great price. I have one and love it. You could always buy now and sell it when the new cards come out.
Supposedly AMD is bringing out the 8800 cards first and that would be in Q2 of next year (who knows though, they are just rumors).
This is all speculation by the way.
I think that AMD would have to release HD8000 sooner than that. The HD7000's were released January through March of this year, so if they keep the current trend the next cards should be released in that time frame next year.
If they were to wait until Q2, it would give Nvidia too large a respite. As I mentioned above, a $50 price cut on the mid-high end Kepler cards would be disastrous for AMD. Nvidia are stubborn about dropping their prices, but not so stubborn to wait that long.
Also that would reduce the time between the HD8000 series and GTX700 series being released, so less time for AMD to have the advantage of newer, faster cards on the market.