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Should i upgrade my GPU

Hi,
I currently own a ASUS GTX 580 DC II and i game at 1080p (23") monitor, my question(s) is this,
1) should i upgrade to a GTX670/680?
2) or should i go for the AMD 7950/7970 Ghz editions?
3) Is the price of these GPU's worth the performance gain from my GTX 580?

i dont plan on getting a multi-monitor setup, SLI/CFX, any input/advice would be appreciated (i haven't used any AMD cards before so nvidia would be my first choice)
and i want all the eye candy turned on

Thanks
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  1. The biggest question is does the 580 not perform as well as you would like? That is still a powerful card. The 670,680, or 7970 ghz would be a decent upgrade, but nothing phenominal.
  2. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

    The recommendation here would be to upgrade to a 590 or 690. It just isn't worth the cost to upgrade unless you will get a substantial performance boost.

    I'd stick with what you have for now.
  3. wanderer11 said:
    The biggest question is does the 580 not perform as well as you would like? That is still a powerful card. The 670,680, or 7970 ghz would be a decent upgrade, but nothing phenominal.


    Yea, ever since i bought my new monitor, my frames drop to 45ish in BF3 ultra settings, i would like to get 60 fps stable with no stuttering/tearing with vsync turned on, moreover, i dont know any1 who's using a 670/680/7970 personally to test out the performance relative to my 580
  4. To really notice a difference you will have to get a 680 or 7970 ghz. If you don't mind could you list the rest of your specs?
  5. Save your money and wait until the Nvidia 700-series or the AMD 8000-series . The increase of performance is way too low to upgrade for at this very moment.
  6. wanderer11 said:
    To really notice a difference you will have to get a 680 or 7970 ghz. If you don't mind could you list the rest of your specs?


    oh, i forgot to list out my specs.. they are as follows:

    OS -Windows 7 Ultimate x64 sp1
    CPU - Core i5 2500k @ 4.2ghz
    RAM - Corsair Vengeance 4GB x2 1600mhz
    Mobo - Jetway Hi09z (z68 chipset)
    Case - Coolermaster HAF 912 Advance
    HDD - 1) OCZ Vertex 3 60GB (Windows boot drive)
    2) WD 640GB
    3) Seagate Barracuda 500 GB
    GPU - ASUS GTX 580 DC II (stock speed)
    PSU - Coolermaster GX 650 W
    Display - LG Flatron E2360 (23" 1080p)
    CPU cooler - Antec Kuhler H2O 620
  7. Would you feel comfortable overclocking your 580? I really don't think it would be worth it for you to upgrade a gpu.
  8. wanderer11 said:
    Would you feel comfortable overclocking your 580? I really don't think it would be worth it for you to upgrade a gpu.


    yes, i would like to OC and have done so , but BF3 keeps crashing even when i bump up the gpu clock by just 18mhz @ stock voltage, but then, 900mhz @ 1.1v runs smoothly in other games except BF3, im at a dilemma coz 1) getting a new GPU would be a very hefty investment and 2) BF3 does not agree with overclocking my card.. it was fine on my old 560Ti @ 900mhz core.. cant do a thing on this card :(
  9. lostgamer_03 said:
    Save your money and wait until the Nvidia 700-series or the AMD 8000-series . The increase of performance is way too low to upgrade for at this very moment.

    i was thinking of the same thing, question is.. when will they be released??
  10. ^+1 I would wait to you have a pretty boss card.
  11. I believe the 8970 is supposed to be released Feb-Mar 2013.
  12. so, is there anything i can do to get the BF3 faster other than upgrading my GPU? and do you guys think any of my PC components are bottlenecking my GPU?
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    All your hardware looks fine. Did you try the new drivers? There's some beta drivers Nvidia just released that's supposed to improve performace. It might help 5xx series. You could turn aa down...
  14. yea, just installed the 306.97 nvidia drivers and its not helping much, turning the MSAA off helps a lot, 60+fps, looks a bit edgy tho, but its way better than playing on a stuttering screen..
    anyways, thanks for all your help guys... cant wait for the new GPU's to arrive next year.. i will be definitely upgrading to a GTX 780 or HD 8970 (if the wife allows it :D)
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  16. The only thing that I would suggest to you..is turn off v-sync.. your fps is going to improve! try your old setting but this time turn off v-sync.
  17. I bought an ASUS GTX 670 DC II and regretting it lolz... should've got a 7970
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