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.