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GPU upgrade from non-ti 560 -> 7850/7870?

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February 3, 2013 8:57:25 PM

My system currently has a non-ti 560. Sometime in the next year I'll likely upgrade my GPU and pass along my 560 to upgrade my girlfriend's 4850. Newegg currently has an excellent bundle with the 7850/7870, Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider, so it is tempting to upgrade now. This deal is much more attractive then the previous bundle of Far Cry 3 and Hitman.

That being said, if the upgrade wasn't worthwhile, I would probably wait until the Fall. I looked at benchmarks, and it seemed like the 7870 is decent step up from the 560, while the 7850 might not be a large enough step to be worthwhile. The $60 difference between the two before rebates, $55 after, is a decent chunk of change.

I was hoping someone might have had a similar experience to share.

7850 and 7870 on newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103228

Other system info:
i5-3470
MSI Z77MA-G45
8GB Memory
Antec Earthwatts 500W

I'm assuming I will upgrade my PSU when I upgrade my GPU since my girlfriend's system has an Antec Earthwatts 380W, and that would just barely be enough for the 560. If the 380W was enough for the 560 and i3-2100, then I would forget the PSU upgrade. Otherwise, I'm eyeing the modular 80 PLUS BRONZE PSUs since I have the NZXT Vulcan, like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139050.
February 3, 2013 11:51:32 PM

Upgrading to a 7870 would be around a 20% increase in performance. I would wait to get a bigger jump than 20% but TR, Bioshock and a $20 rebate makes it look more appealing. If you are looking to buy a better more powerful card then you should raise your budget or save for a card that is 40-50% better than your 560. If you are going to buy those games anyway and don't mind spending more then grab the 7870.
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February 4, 2013 12:05:00 AM

Tac134 said:
Upgrading to a 7870 would be around a 20% increase in performance. I would wait to get a bigger jump than 20% but TR, Bioshock and a $20 rebate makes it look more appealing. If you are looking to buy a better more powerful card then you should raise your budget or save for a card that is 40-50% better than your 560. If you are going to buy those games anyway and don't mind spending more then grab the 7870.


What would be a 40-50% upgrade? 660 ti? Yeah the games make the 7870 a tempting purchase, and I'm likely to get Bioshock near release, but I could easily wait until something like the 660 ti came down in price. I'd like to keep the GPU purchase around $200 at the most since it is mostly so my girlfriend can replace her 4850. The 560 has covered my needs thus far.
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February 4, 2013 12:51:27 AM

Yes the 660ti would be 40-50% better. I'm guessing the 660ti will be in the $200 ballpark when the next series comes out. Honestly if I were you I would wait till the 660ti drops in price. You should always keep an eye out for deals on newegg though, they always have some sort of sale going on and sometimes big price drops on GPU's.
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February 4, 2013 3:30:48 AM

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February 4, 2013 3:31:47 AM

Tac134 said:
Yes the 660ti would be 40-50% better. I'm guessing the 660ti will be in the $200 ballpark when the next series comes out. Honestly if I were you I would wait till the 660ti drops in price. You should always keep an eye out for deals on newegg though, they always have some sort of sale going on and sometimes big price drops on GPU's.


Thanks for the info. I'll keep an eye out for when the 660 ti becomes closer to $200. Yeah I get the newegg deal emails, good stuff.
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