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Buy GTX 580 now or wait for Geforce 600 series?

Poll Results: Buy a GTX 580 now or wait for Nvidia 600 series?

 
  • 27% (23)
    Buy a GTX 580 now, there will always be something better coming later.
  • 35% (30)
    Use old GTX 285 for now, wait for newer generation cards to be released towards the year's end.
  • 28% (24)
    Buy a GTX 580 now, and buy another one after the price drops, eat pancakes, profit
  • 8% (7)
    Buy a different card(show in post)
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post #1 of 33
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So here is my dilemma: As you guys can see, my current rig is getting a little long in the tooth, and I'm getting sick of system stutters during firefights in games like Black Ops and BC2.

So I'm moving to a new apartment this week and then I plan to build myself an all new rig. I was planning on buying a GTX 580(EVGA OC) for this rig but now I'm wondering if dropping $500 on a card is smart when the newer generation may be out in another 6 months or so(anyone know an approximate release window?) On the flip side I may be able to purchase another 580 for like $350 after the 600 series cards come out. If I wait to buy a new card then I'll have to use my current GTX 285 for another 6+ months and hope that it doesn't bottleneck my new system too badly.

Here are the build specs I am planning:

Core i7 2600k

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EVGA GTX 580(?)


Thanks for any advice you can offer. Flame away if my question is retarded as I haven't been on this forum for quite a while.
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post #2 of 33
Just go for the 580 you can always sell it if your unhappy! And if you need more power later on you can get another 580 and SLI! No guarantees the 6XX series will arrive on time either.

Don't bother with the OC version from EVGA, just do it yourself. EVGA doesn't bin anyways.

I would recommend the card I have (Lightning) its a killer 580 for the price! Mine even at load never goes above 60C!
Edited by Hawk777th - 5/9/11 at 12:28am
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post #3 of 33
id turn your graphx settings down a tad to avoid the shutter and wait for the 600 series imo but this is coming from a guy whos still waiting on a modern 8800 to come out lol
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post #4 of 33
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Originally Posted by Hawk777th View Post
Just go for the 580 you can always sell it if your unhappy! No guarantees the 6XX series will arrive on time either.

Don't bother with the OC version from EVGA, just do it yourself. EVGA doesn't bin anyways.

I would recommend the card I have (Lightning) its a killer 580 for the price! Mine even at load never goes above 60C!
Awesome thanks. I saw the Lightning for $525 on newegg. Seems like that would be the best option.

Edit: I am attracted to the lifetime warranty on the EVGA, although I am unsure of its true value.
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post #5 of 33
Go for a 580 now and SLI later.

The 580 already offers Cuda, Physx, surround, 3d, great tesselation, and its a all round beast. What can the 600 series offer other than extra speed? which you will have enough plenty of with 2 580s.
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post #6 of 33
Ya it rocks got mine up at 950Mhz rocks it almost out runs my dual 295s on a single card!
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post #7 of 33
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That's pretty impressive. The 295 is a beast of a card.
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post #8 of 33
Well, although this isn't really indicative, nor is it guaranteed to be true, but if it's any indication, the 600 series and beyond should show a respectable improvement in power. I couldn't justify the 580 if I was in your position; I'd say either live with lowered settings, or get a cheaper card: either a used high-end one, or something like a GTX 560, which handles BC2 maxed out at 60fps.
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Your GTX 285 is still a rock solid card, I would say just wait until 600 series comes out or buy a used 5XX series card from someone on OCN.
     
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post #10 of 33
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Well, although this isn't really indicative, nor is it guaranteed to be true, but if it's any indication, the 600 series and beyond should show a respectable improvement in power. I couldn't justify the 580 if I was in your position; I'd say either live with lowered settings, or get a cheaper card: either a used high-end one, or something like a GTX 560, which handles BC2 maxed out at 60fps.
Well that definitely gives me pause if its even remotely close to true.
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