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I have a dilema.

I was going to wait for the 7xxx series but I'm building with some friends in a month or so and I doubt it will be out by then :/

These are my options:

- Buy a high end GPU now 6970/580/570 ~400+
- Buy a mid range card now 560Ti/6950 and add another later - ~250(possibly +more later)
- Buy a 6870 add another once the new series of cards come out - ~180(+more later)
- Buy a 6870 now, sell it when all the new cards are out and upgrade to a 7950 or something of the such. Maybe even wait for Keplar - ~180


The rest of the rig is solid so no worries there and I'll be getting a Gold 800W PSU so also no issue. I will also be getting a Asrock Extreme4 Gen 3 Z68.

Let me know what you think is the best plaan smile.gif
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post #2 of 45
Get the most powerful single gpu card you can get, then there are no driver issues in the future.

I vote 6970 or GTX 570, 580. The eVGA GTX570 Classified looks like a great card for the price.

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I would buy 2 6870's in a heart beat. But Crossfire isn't worth it supposedly.

How much would a 6870 be worth after the new series comes out? $140? Less? (AUD mind you not US, things cost $20 more over here)
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What resolution monitor will they be playing on?
GTX 560TI then another later on to SLI, or a single 580 if they have the cash and don't feel a need to update for a while.
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post #5 of 45
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1920x1200 or 1080.

I'm going to grab a U2412M I think. Or a 120Hz TN. Not 1440p or 1600p or anything crazy.

The new series is meant to be a huge step up no?
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post #6 of 45
- Buy a 6870 now, sell it when all the new cards are out and upgrade to a 7950 or something of the such. Maybe even wait for Keplar - ~180

thats seems like the best option because a 6870 can still run heaps of todays games at acceptable frame rates.
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post #7 of 45
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That is probably my preferred option. The resale value is one thing that scares me slightly. I'd hate to pay 180 for it and in a few months its worth $50. Although the 5770 didn't depreciate that much did it?
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post #8 of 45
If only using a single monitor just get a high end gpu. Even with a new generation release it would still be able to hold its own.

When you take resolutions above 1080p you may want to consider SLI a few high ends together.
For me the only thing i cant run on max out of my game selection is metro 2033. And im using a last Gen 5xxx graphics.

All comes down to how much he wants to drop into a system i guess.
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I had this question a while ago. Decided on 580 with plans to buy a second when the price drops.
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Yeah I could stretch to a 580 but I would have to cut other parts back. I want a good case that I can carry to a few builds. An excellent PSU for the same reason. Also a decent board that will be PCIe 3.0 ready and provide me good quality.

570 OC to 786Mhz by MSI for $335 might be the go?

I think CUDA is a good idea because I will be using it for CAD programs and rendering a bit.

Either this or the 6870 now for resale and a 7650 later :/
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