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Upgrading from Gt 520 Advice needed

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 9, 2013 2:50:24 AM

Hey guys, I really need to upgrade my gpu asap and i need your guys opinion and what to choose.

Current Build:
i5 3570k 3.4ghz
Gt 520 2gb Oc from 860 to 1000mhz, 533 to 680
Gigabyte z77x-ud3h
WesternDigital 500gb hdd
G. Skill Sniper 8gb 2x4gb 1866mhz
Ultra 600w
Diablotek eVo

My budget is $250 but if i have to spend 10 to 20 more i might consider it. I'm gonna be playing games like NS2, GTA IV, Planetside 2, Bf3 at 1080p. I've been looking at these cards Gigabyte 660 $210 after rebate Gigabyte 7870 Ghz Ed. $240 MSI 7870 Hawk Ghz Ed. $250 after rebate MSI 7870 Twin Fr Ed. $250 after rebate

I was wondering if the extra 30-40 for the 7870 be worth it? Also would it be better to wait till Nvidia and Amd come out with the new gpu's and wait for a price drop?

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a c 178 U Graphics card
January 9, 2013 2:57:38 AM

Hd 7870 ghz edition would be perfect can easily maxout games at 1080p.its your decision you want to wait for next series.if you can wait then wait.
a c 178 U Graphics card
January 9, 2013 3:02:02 AM

I donot think there will be big price drops.
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January 9, 2013 3:19:03 AM

Yea i dont think im gonna wait for the new series to come out. Which 7870 would be the better choice?
a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2013 3:30:17 AM

You can consider this one -

$230 after rebate + about $6 shipping.

The downside is that it has a lower core clock than the ones you listed (1GHz) but can obviously be overclocked. The benefit is that it comes with a better game.
a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2013 3:50:06 AM

Gigabyte 7870 Ghz Ed, get this one.
January 9, 2013 4:41:05 AM

I think i'ma go with the 7870. thanks for all the responses guys!
January 9, 2013 4:41:17 AM

Best answer selected by krzydude00.