I have been contemplating an upgrade for a while, until my CPU decided to fail suddenly about a week ago.
So I have purchased:
- Intel i5 3570k
- MSi Z77A motherboard
550w (500w continuous) PSU Not a good brand, and I will upgrade if needed. (Would happen anyway if I decided to SLI)
AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
Currently, I still have my Radeon HD 5870 card, and was contemplating an upgrade for it.
1.) Budget: probably $400-450. I can wait, and continue with my existing card for a while.
2.) Would prefer nVidia - the MB supports SLI, so I was thinking of getting a single card with the option to drop in another at a later date.
3.) I play on one screen, at 1920x1080. I have a second screen, running at 1280x1024, but it's only used as a desktop.
4.) Would like to run most games at 60fps with near max settings.
- Get a GTX 670/680, with the possibility of adding a second card when needed.
- Get another single Radeon GPU
- Stick with my 5870, and wait and see what ATI/nVidia are going to be releasing this year and/or what sort of price drops this might bring to the table.
If not, better go with 670/7970. This depends if you prefer amd/nvidia. But both will be your best bet. I usually don't suggest 680 because the price jump from is 670 is not reasonable with its performance difference.
well depending where you live im pretty sure you cannot afford the 680. That said. Its the best Single GPU on the planet. 670 is alot cheaper and can OC to same as stock 680. AMD fanboys going to come in and tell you that 7970 ghz is better, Its not, If you like heat, Noise, Unpredictability, then go for it, its cheaper and can keep up with a 680 if you dont care about the eye candy NVIDIA brings to the table. Which you do, cos your a NVIDIA boy.
ANYWAYS. Get a 670 if you cannot afford 680. 670 sli later will last you like 4 years?