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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

Yeah, I was about to pull the trigger on a 7950 but since Kepler is just a month or two away, I had figured I can survive the wait wink.gif
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Yeah, I was about to pull the trigger on a 7950 but since Kepler is just a month or two away, I had figured I can survive the wait wink.gif


You have no idea how many times I check the big tech news sites for ANYTHING on Kepler per day.

Today, I seriously considered the following: another 6770 for CF, a 6950, dual 560ti 448 cores, a 580 GTX, a 7970, and a 7950.

I'm going stir crazy.
post #13 of 27
Well you can wait for Nvidia's next gen but word is they wont be releasing the high end cards until September or later.

Right know i believe the best bang for your buck would be two 7770's in crossfire. together they are about the same performance as a 7950 except for at high resolution. The HD 7770 crossfire has around 1280 shaders for around $300. vs 7950's 1792 shaders price diff is about $180

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7750_7770_CrossFire/19.html
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Well you can wait for Nvidia's next gen but word is they wont be releasing the high end cards until September or later.
Right know i believe the best bang for your buck would be two 7770's in crossfire. together they are about the same performance as a 7950 except for at high resolution. The HD 7770 crossfire has around 1280 shaders for around $300. vs 7950's 1792 shaders price diff is about $180
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7750_7770_CrossFire/19.html

vram would be an issue running at 1080p.

i only recommend cfx/sli if there is not a single card that can meet your performance requirements. so, for example, sli'd 570's can't be met by a single card on the market (save for maybe the 7970). in that case it might be a good idea to go with sli. however, 2 460's, from a benchmark point of view, performs as well as or better than a 580...but the 580 will give you smoother frames (single card) and more vram (better AA/resolution/other junk).
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post #15 of 27
Definitely not a GTX 580.

Reasons to go 7950: Low power consumption, it's out right now, should be fast enough

To wait: Kepler high-end will be faster, I'd expect the 670 to at least match ~7970 performance, prices should drop, but then again the high-end stuff isn't coming out for a while.

Waiting will bring lower prices, sure. I've seen a 6770 for $70 after rebate, there's VERY little downside to getting a 2nd one to Crossfire and using that for the next few months. I would be shocked if you can't sell that 6770 for at least $60 each.

Whatever you do, I'd recommend either going in on the 7000 series now/soon, or getting a cheap holdover, and upgrading to some next-gen stuff later. I personally hate getting stuck with last-gen stuff right before the new cards release biggrin.gif


And whats with all this VRAM nonsense? I've seen benches of GTX 580 SLI, 1.5GB vs 3GB version, and no difference between the 2 at 1080p. 6770 CF might be similar to a 6970, which definitely doesn't need 2GB (see above). If 1.5GB is the magical cutoff between "slow" and "fast", I'd like to see some benches backing it up.

EDIT: Oh, for folding definitely go with Nvidia. I'd wait for Kepler.
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Well, I just picked up a Corsair 850w PSU for $150 after MIR and Newegg coupon code. Very happy with my purchase.

Now I have the horsepower to run a new GPU, just need to decide what route to take. I admit, I am very intrigued by the thought of picking up another 6770 for CF. Honestly, I've just heard so many horror stories about SLI/CFX that I'm hesitant. I realize that just might be me being a noob, though.

The gains are there to be had. It's essentially double the performance.
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Well, I just picked up a Corsair 850w PSU for $150 after MIR and Newegg coupon code. Very happy with my purchase.
Now I have the horsepower to run a new GPU, just need to decide what route to take. I admit, I am very intrigued by the thought of picking up another 6770 for CF. Honestly, I've just heard so many horror stories about SLI/CFX that I'm hesitant. I realize that just might be me being a noob, though.
The gains are there to be had. It's essentially double the performance.

Bro, do not go down the SLI/CFX route. I have had a 5970 and a gtx295, and let me tell you each one was a horror story. Waiting on drivers so that I can actually use the card to its full potential, and the micro stutter sucked. The best option is always a single and powerful GPU, and nobody will ever convince me otherwise ever.

Wait until April for Kepler or wait for the more refined versions of the 7950/7970 to come out, it'll be 100% worth it. The last thing you want is regrets when spending this much money on a single component. I am going to be on onboard intel HD3000 graphics for this month to avoid just that thumb.gif
    
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Bro, do not go down the SLI/CFX route. I have had a 5970 and a gtx295, and let me tell you each one was a horror story. Waiting on drivers so that I can actually use the card to its full potential, and the micro stutter sucked. The best option is always a single and powerful GPU, and nobody will ever convince me otherwise ever.
Wait until April for Kepler or wait for the more refined versions of the 7950/7970 to come out, it'll be 100% worth it. The last thing you want is regrets when spending this much money on a single component. I am going to be on onboard intel HD3000 graphics for this month to avoid just that thumb.gif

Phew, I'm glad I'm not in your boat! Does the HD3000 even play bf3?
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Well, I just picked up a Corsair 850w PSU for $150 after MIR and Newegg coupon code. Very happy with my purchase.
Now I have the horsepower to run a new GPU, just need to decide what route to take. I admit, I am very intrigued by the thought of picking up another 6770 for CF. Honestly, I've just heard so many horror stories about SLI/CFX that I'm hesitant. I realize that just might be me being a noob, though.
The gains are there to be had. It's essentially double the performance.

Yes double the performance is right, im still impressed with the almost perfect scaling of the 6000 series.
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@Xerus

LOL nope. The only thing I have to tide me over is playing Deus Ex and some old school RPGs like Planescape, Icewind, etc... Good ol' Games are going to be my friend for this month.
    
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