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Should I just wait for the next series of cards by Nvidia and ATI? I'm running on a 9800 GT yet I have a i7-2600k so I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card soon. Although from looking at the products already out, it seems like the two companies might just release a new line of cards soon. Nvidia with a 600 series and AMD with a HD-7k series? If I were to wait for the new series to come out, would it really make a huge difference on my gaming experience? I'm also looking to get high fps while broadcasting.
Edited by saypeeps - 5/3/11 at 1:39am
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I like holding on to hardware, but I know I would of ditched the 9800GT by now because I've already ditched better. That said, it is a ~6 months or less scenario to get a next-gen 28nm [die shrink from 40nm] GPU... and that should mean a new OC ceiling along with generational performance boost.

I'd want to wait until the next-gen. I probably would wait keeping the 9800GT or I'd sell the 9800GT for ~$45 and find a ~$100 HD5770/GTS450 as a cheap upgrade of a placeholder. Either way, for the promise of the next-gen GPU, that is where my focus would be.
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now buy GTX 560 Ti SOC or 6870 OC are good choices~
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I like holding on to hardware, but I know I would of ditched the 9800GT by now because I've already ditched better. That said, it is a ~6 months or less scenario to get a next-gen 28nm [die shrink from 40nm] GPU... and that should mean a new OC ceiling along with generational performance boost.

I'd want to wait until the next-gen. I probably would wait keeping the 9800GT or I'd sell the 9800GT for ~$45 and find a ~$100 HD5770/GTS450 as a cheap upgrade of a placeholder. Either way, for the promise of the next-gen GPU, that is where my focus would be.
Thanks for the reply! That new gpu sounds like something to really look forward too! I don't mind keeping this 9800 for awhile since I'm still able to play games on high/ultra still with decent fps. I just thought about how hard it'd bottleneck my CPU. I'm not sure how significant the difference would be if I were to have a updated gpu.
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Well what is your budget? Right now there are going to be no GPUs being launched in the immediate future. Now is a pretty good time to buy. A 9800GT on a 2600k rig is like bottleneck city. That CPU can keep up with anything you throw at it.
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with that BEAST cpu the good choice would be a 6950 2gb to mod @6970 i think
    
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Well what is your budget? Right now there are going to be no GPUs being launched in the immediate future. Now is a pretty good time to buy. A 9800GT on a 2600k rig is like bottleneck city. That CPU can keep up with anything you throw at it.
$400 is as far as I would go for a new GPU. I'm pretty much building for a computer that would last me a couple years (at least 3 years). Reasons why I wouldn't mind waiting a couple months for the new GPU. I'm a bit ignorant of how badly the bottlenecking is. whats my gpu doing to my cpu?
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Thanks for the reply! That new gpu sounds like something to really look forward too! I don't mind keeping this 9800 for awhile since I'm still able to play games on high/ultra still with decent fps. I just thought about how hard it'd bottleneck my CPU. I'm not sure how significant the difference would be if I were to have a updated gpu.
The GPUs out now are ridiculously more powerful. I said "~6 months or less" for new cards, but you could reasonably disregard the "or less" part of that. Your monitor must be at a low resolution for the 9800GT to be maxing things... or you're not playing anything too harsh. It is true that there is a big GPU bottleneck, performance could double or triple with a new enthusiast card now.

But since you seem content with what you're getting, wait... because it just means an even bigger performance jump around the end of the year.
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How about 2x Sapphire 5850 Extreme's ?
They go for $140 each on Newegg, and I can't stop recommending those ..

What resolution are you running ? I'd recommend something like 1080p. Then you will e able to play around everything with maxed out settings ..
Also, does your motherboard support Crossfire/does it have 2x PCI-e 2.0 ?


You'll experience major improvements.
Edit:BUT, however, if you are satisfied with your current GPU I'd wait to upgrade. Even if there seems to be major GPU bottlenecking. If you don't feel like you need it, why buy it ?
If you wait untill the next generation of graphics cards the prices will surely drop on the current generation, and the current generation is already pretty cheap ..
So - wait to upgrade or go with the two Radeon HD 5850's on Newegg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102932). They are about the same as a GTX 460/HD 6850 and will be out of stock shortly.
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Please update your system specs, in the user CP.

Seems like new cards/series are flooding the market these days. If you buy a high end card such as a gtx 570-580-590 or amd 6950 6970-6990- you should be fine for nealy all gaming in the near future!!!
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