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Upgrade 6850 to gtx 680 or wait?

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November 11, 2012 7:27:48 PM

With my birthday and Christmas around the corner I'm going to be asking for a 27" Catleap 2560x1440 monitor and contemplating a gtx 680. As the title says, I currently have a single HD 6850.

So my question is, should I upgrade now or should I wait until next year when the 700 series comes out? With the next generation of games starting next year, will the 680 be high end for a couple more years and be able to handle the next gen games at high/max settings?

My specs:
Intel i5 2500k
Asus Sabertooth z77
16gb Vengeance
SeaSonic 750w

Thanks for any suggestions/input!
a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 1:01:13 AM

Seeing as you already have a 2500K, a sabretooth motherboard and 16gb vengeance you're not going to get bottlenecked :p  i'd say it is worth it.
Whether to get a 670 or 680 depends on your budget. 680 will be more futureproof but a 670 will leave you more to buy an ssd for example.
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 1:05:01 AM

Oh also it is worth getting a 680 over waiting for the 700s as they're not coming out any time soon and they're reealllly good.
Each brand differs , ASUS are quiet and cool, MSI give raw power, Gigabyte stay cool, personally I prefer MSI but if you're worried about noise or heat i'd get an ASUS!
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a c 185 U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 2:26:43 AM

MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks. MSI is asking a $389.99 actually $369.99 after $20 mail in rebate for their card, which doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks.I own two and i am very pleased.So far with the performance Highest recorded GPU temp was 65C @ 63% fan speed (pretty damn good)

SETUP
I5 -2500K @ 4.8GHz (1.35v)

Unigine 1920x1080
8xAA full screen
Shaders: high
Textures: high
Filter: trilinear
Anisotropy: 16X
Occulsion: enabled
Refraction: enabled
Volumetric: enabled
Tessellation: extreme

OC 1 (passed 3 independent benchmark loops in Unigune
Core Boost: 1418 MHz
Memory: 3703 MHz MSI 670 PE FTW!


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 12, 2012 3:04:23 AM

Thanks for the replies! I'm really looking for future proofing as much as possible bc I don't want to have to upgrade for a bit.

That MSI 670 looks really nice. I know there are tons of benchmarks out there but how noticeable would in-game difference be between the MSI 670/another OC'd 670 vs a 680? If it's not that big of an in-game difference then that MSI might be a good choice.

Also, any other suggestions would be appreciated!
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 6:13:43 AM

Probably quite a bit as they have one of the best factory overclocks and also they have triple overvoltage that lets you manually overclock it to level 680 actual performance (clock speeds aren't everything)
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 6:14:50 AM

680 for futureproofing or 670 for value for money!
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 6:38:04 AM

calumconroy said:
680 for futureproofing or 670 for value for money!


lol both are pretty much the same card !! value for money would be something like 660 non ti.. thats a lovely card for sure :love: 
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 6:54:16 AM

mohit9206 said:
lol both are pretty much the same card !! value for money would be something like 660 non ti.. thats a lovely card for sure :love: 

Or a 660 Ti as the OP wants a higher end card.
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November 12, 2012 3:15:35 PM

I've read other posts about voltage issues with the 670 MSI. Is this something that I should be concerned about or is this an isolated issue?
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a c 185 U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 3:35:38 PM

I have no issues.I would say doesn't matter considering the card comes with three year warranty.
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 4:30:48 PM

I'd say buy (and I think bigcyco1 would agree) the MSI 670 Power Edition, it can level with a 680, He says he has no problems with it and it has 3 year warranty.
I think in most places you can get AC3 free with it and maybe Borderlands 2
Best Value for money by far!
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November 12, 2012 4:51:50 PM

calumconroy said:
I'd say buy (and I think bigcyco1 would agree) the MSI 670 Power Edition, it can level with a 680, He says he has no problems with it and it has 3 year warranty.
I think in most places you can get AC3 free with it and maybe Borderlands 2
Best Value for money by far!
+1
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 5:39:43 PM

calumconroy said:
I'd say buy (and I think bigcyco1 would agree) the MSI 670 Power Edition, it can level with a 680, He says he has no problems with it and it has 3 year warranty.
I think in most places you can get AC3 free with it and maybe Borderlands 2
Best Value for money by far!

just because you get 2 free games with 670 doesnt mean it becomes a good value.
do you even know how value for money is measured ?
its price/ performance ratio that determines the value of graphic card.
considering that a 660 ti is better value than 670.
but then 660 is better value than 660 ti
because for each product down one step you only lose 10% performance for 20% lower price .

bigcyco1 said:
+1


you say that coz you own two 670's in sli
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a c 185 U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 6:01:58 PM

mohit9206 said:
just because you get 2 free games with 670 doesnt mean it becomes a good value.
do you even know how value for money is measured ?
its price/ performance ratio that determines the value of graphic card.
considering that a 660 ti is better value than 670.
but then 660 is better value than 660 ti
because for each product down one step you only lose 10% performance for 20% lower price .



you say that coz you own two 670's in sli
Yep that's why i can recommend 670 because i know it's worth it. ;) 
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 6:29:24 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Yep that's why i can recommend 670 because i know it's worth it. ;) 

+1

And mohit, i know the 660 and 660 Ti are best value, i never said they weren't. It's that the MSI 670 Power Edition is the best value 670 card you will buy and better value than a 680.
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November 12, 2012 10:41:51 PM

calumconroy said:
I'd say buy (and I think bigcyco1 would agree) the MSI 670 Power Edition, it can level with a 680, He says he has no problems with it and it has 3 year warranty.
I think in most places you can get AC3 free with it and maybe Borderlands 2
Best Value for money by far!


What websites offer this deal? I didn't see anywhere on newegg that mentions this promotion.
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November 12, 2012 10:42:58 PM

calumconroy said:
I'd say buy (and I think bigcyco1 would agree) the MSI 670 Power Edition, it can level with a 680, He says he has no problems with it and it has 3 year warranty.
I think in most places you can get AC3 free with it and maybe Borderlands 2
Best Value for money by far!


What websites offer this deal? I didn't see anywhere on newegg that mentions this promotion.
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November 12, 2012 10:46:56 PM

Sorry for the double post, my phone bugged out.
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