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This will be my first substantial post on OCN. Hooray for me!

I know it isn't the most exciting or original post, but I'll try to make it concise. I recently upgraded from an old E6600, 8800GTS rig. My current stats are as follows:
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Thermaltake Chaser MK-I
Corsair H100
OCZ Fatality 550w
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Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3
16gb Corsair Dominator DDR3 PC3-12800
XFX 6770 1GB
128GB Crucial M4 SSD
23" LG 1080P panel

There are quite obviously two sticking points. The PSU and the 6770 are remnants from my old rig. I replaced the 8800GTS with the 6770 when Skyrim came out.

The rest of it, I built about 3 weeks ago when my tax return came in. I still have money left over for the PSU and graphics card. I'll be picking up a Seasonic or Corsair 750-850w gold certified power supply. That leaves the graphics card decision.

I should also note that I'll be using the card for folding. I know that Nvidia cards have been much better than AMD in the past, but not sure about the current generation. Also, keep in mind that I will be using this on a 1080p limited monitor and am not looking to upgrade to multiple monitors. The only upgrade I would consider is a 30" single display, but that won't be for at least a year. SLI/Crossfire is out of the question. I don't want to deal with it.

I've thought about this quite a bit and come up with the following options:

1) Buy a 7950 with the mindset that anything more powerful will be overkill on my display.
2) Buy a 7970 with the mindset that even though it will be overkill, I'll be future proofed for at least several years.
3) Buy an EVGA 580 and use the upgrade program to go with Kepler when it drops.

I hate this point in the upgrade cycle because while I want my instant gratification, I know that I will be disappointed if/when Kepler drops and it performs extremely well in comparison with the 7950/7970.

I'd like to keep the total price of PSU and graphics card around $600, but I would be willing to go over budget if I you can convince me.

I look forward to all of your thoughts smile.gif
post #2 of 27
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Originally Posted by Xerus View Post

I know that I will be disappointed if/when Kepler drops and it performs extremely well in comparison with the 7950/7970.

You should wait until Kepler drops, make your comparison, & then make your decision. Afterwards, you will have no reason to be disappointed rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by drBlahMan View Post

You should wait until Kepler drops, make your comparison, & then make your decision. Afterwards, you will have no reason to be disappointed rolleyes.gif

This is very well what I might do. Just wanted some other opinions.

I don't see any reason to be sarcastic about that comment. If I went with a 7950/7970 right now and Kepler came along and destroyed my card, I would be disappointed. If it didn't, I would be happy.
Edited by Xerus - 2/28/12 at 6:16pm
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Well, we can't really give you a comparison with Kepler on the playing field due to it not even being released and no speculation on what you're looking at compared to what ATI / AMD is offering. So with that being said, with the comparison of the two companies standing in play as of RIGHT NOW, the 7970 would be the better option. If you're looking for a better outlook on the three options you've listed, I'm afraid you'll have to wait till a reviewer gets their hands on a Kepler card, or just wait until we get some feedback from the owners on OCN or other related websites after it's release.
 
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Well, we can't really give you a comparison with Kepler on the playing field due to it not even being released and no speculation on what you're looking at compared to what ATI / AMD is offering. So with that being said, with the comparison of the two companies standing in play as of RIGHT NOW, the 7970 would be the better option. If you're looking for a better outlook on the three options you've listed, I'm afraid you'll have to wait till a reviewer gets their hands on a Kepler card, or just wait until we get some feedback from the owners on OCN or other related websites after it's release.

Definitely a good answer. I'm just so impatient tongue.gif
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Definitely a good answer. I'm just so impatient tongue.gif

Well, look at it like this..

Impatience : Risk of being disappointed, resell value dropping, losing money.
Patient : Getting what you want without having to worry about the above.

So, the choice is yours. tongue.gif
 
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Well, look at it like this..
Impatience : Risk of being disappointed, resell value dropping, losing money.
Patient : Getting what you want without having to worry about the above.
So, the choice is yours. tongue.gif

Looks like you've answered my questions in one fell swoop. Come onnnnn Kepler..
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Looks like you've answered my questions in one fell swoop. Come onnnnn Kepler..

That's why we're here. thumb.gif
 
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Definitely a good answer. I'm just so impatient tongue.gif

headscratch.gif You didn't get that from my response? Okay, then I'll come out and say it...You're being impatient upsidedwnsmiley.gif
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I don't see any reason to be sarcastic about that comment.

Didn't mean to be sarcastic...My apology...I had meant to use the the smiley smile.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 2/28/12 at 6:29pm
post #10 of 27
a 6770 aaaaaahhhh need more powah. personally I would've gotten a 7970 now but I do agree with the others that waiting for kepler is a wise move
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