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So here's my problem, currently I have an i52500k set up and a sinlge reference nvidia GTX 480 card with a stock cooler. I don't really like having old hardware that is two years behind the latest gpu release and that has no value but at the same time spending $500 plus on just a graphics card seems a bit steep (willing to do it though). My usage mainly stays between HD video rendering and edditing with adobe premiere cs 5.5 and playing Battlefield 3 with a few other steam games. I have an 850 watt PSU as well. So here's what I can't decide on, should I purchase an antec Khuler 620 and modify the cooler on the GTX 480 I currently have to OC the card and reach near gtx 580 and 7970 spec (as described with a GTX 470 here http://www.overclock.net/t/1213931/pro-article-gtx-470-is-greatest-graphics-card-since-8800-ultra-with-advance-mints-in-cooling-technology/30 ), to purchase two gtx 560ti 448 core ULTRA editions from evga to run in sli, or wait 3 months and purshace a single gtx 670 which is predicted to be up to 45% faster than the current 7970. I would like this graphics set up to last well into the next 4 years, and honestly I see my GTX 480 falling behind quickly as of now.

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Id wait for the 6 series man, though it wont be 45% faster, I bet it will be 15-20%, but consume more power ( considering the 7970 keeps up with a 590 (dual gpu) depending on game) I doubt their next card would be 50-70% faster than their old card lol. In the end both cards will be worth it so doesnt matter if you go 7970 or 6 series, both will kick ass, and both have their down falls. (im sure others have different opinions lol)
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No one can tell you, because no one has a reasonable assessment of when/if/how powerful the "670" will be. To be honest, at 1080p, any of those (480 sli, 560 448Core sli, and waiting on high end, next gen card) will last for the next 4 years. Your biggest problem will be video RAM, but that's as easy as turning textures from "highest" to "high" and voila.

As long as you can play games very near to maxed without being maxed and feeling like you have lost your e-peen as a result, any of these setups will last many years to come. I don't see my 460 SLI going anywhere for the next 2-3 years. Only when one card comes out, 200 or less, that can meet/beat the minimum FPS with an absurdly low TDP will I care. Or if games start needing more than 1GB of VRAM for medium textures. Then I'll care.

If you have a larger monitor (25 x 14/16) I'd buy something with 2GB+ as a minimum.
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Id wait for the 6 series man, though it wont be 45% faster, I bet it will be 15-20%, but consume more power ( considering the 7970 keeps up with a 590 (dual gpu) depending on game)

How does this make sense? How will next gen, 28nm cards use more power than a GTX 480 SLI setup, of all possible things?

Also, you might want to do some GPU history research. Nvidia have nearly doubled their highest end GPU power every generation in recent memory. 78(9?)00 - 8800 nearly doubled, 9800-GTX 280 nearly doubled, GTX 285 - GTX 480 nearly doubled.

Doesn't seem too hard to swallow that the Keplers will be 50+% faster, at all when you look at that, does it?
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I'd wait, your 480 is more than capable....not going to say what to get because who knows what will happen in the next couple months.
 
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Depends on what he's after

yah you want to run latest games maxed at min lvls of 35-30 fps then the 460 sli will work for ya. But you want that golden 60fpsand above and SMOOTH (key difference) then jumping up to the next gen cards will make a big difference. I went from a 5870 cf to a 7970, and I could easily see a big difference in smoothness, and my min fps, even though i was hitting 60fps in alot of games
for example not only does the 7970 beat out everything on market right now, but can be OC by 40% (equaling longevity in terms of lasting, if your cooling it right)
Throwing 200 bucks into old tech, mehh not smart (in my own opinion! lol)

Save your money up over next 3 months and wait to see what the 6 series brings. Also 7970 will drop in price once 6 series comes out too giving you another option.
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Ya I agree on not throwing money into old tech.
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