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oh that's quite a good performance increase! Still really happy with my i5 2500k, you could always buy a i5 2500k and a gen3 motherboard for now and upgrade to ivy later on if it turns out to be worthwhile smile.gif No need to buy a new setup that way as gen3 is IVY BRIDGE ready smile.gif
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Considering how fast GTX680 is Nvidia will release card for 350-400 thats as fast as GTX580 but with much lower power consumption and cooler and quieter.
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Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er View Post

Considering how fast GTX680 is Nvidia will release card for 350-400 thats as fast as GTX580 but with much lower power consumption and cooler and quieter.

Heat and noise will depend on the design. So far I have never seen a quieter reference card.
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Wow, this thread got kind of far off-topic. To the OP, hopefully this might be a more direct answer to your question smile.gif
#1. Should I pick up a 580 for my build?
Personally, I would not. I would save up a bit of money, and either grab the 7870 or the GTX 680 (not sure about the 680 price, thought I saw it was going to be 450-500). As has been stated, they will run cooler and use significantly less power from what I've seen of the benchmarks so far, with just as good (if not better) OC potential. The current generation of cards isn't that much more expensive, so personally I would save up a bit more and go for the current gen of cards.
#2. Can my 650 watt PSU run a 580?
Yes it can, without any problem. Even a lower-tiered PSU will be able to run a 580 without any problem, and still allow you some room to OC. So if you go with a 7970, a 680, or a 580, you will have no problems running a single card in your system.
#3. Should I wait for ivy bridge?
I would not wait for Ivy Bridge. There is a slight increase in performance over SB, but this is an off-year for Intel, I believe they call it a "tock". They're really not changing anything architecturally with the design, they're just shrinking it down. So it does provide some performance gains over SB and lower heat I believe, but considering you can pick up a 2500k from Microcenter for 150 bucks at the moment, I would say SB is just peachy thumb.gif

thank you! someone actually answered my questions! haha, anyways, my budget for a gpu is $400...i may be able to squeeze out another 50 or so, but i heard the 680 will be like $550. Also, is the 7870 comparable to the 580? the 7870 at $350 is much more comfortable for my budget. When does the 7870 come out, what about the 670 and 660ti?

-thanks!

so its not worth it to wait for ivy bridge? what about the z77 board? should i stay with z68?
Edited by Dark Void - 3/20/12 at 3:43pm
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thank you! someone actually answered my questions! haha, anyways, my budget for a gpu is $400...i may be able to squeeze out another 50 or so, but i heard the 680 will be like $550. Also, is the 7870 comparable to the 580? the 7870 at $350 is much more comfortable for my budget. When does the 7870 come out, what about the 670 and 660ti?
-thanks!
so its not worth it to wait for ivy bridge? what about the z77 board? should i stay with z68?

The 7870 just came out. There are a couple on Newegg. The 7870 and 580 sort of teeter totter back and forth depending on the particular test but are roughly equal. Overclock that bad boy and you're looking at performance close to a stock 7970.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-review-benchmark,3148-6.html
This link shows some comparisons

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-7870-overclock-guide/13
This one shows the over clock performance and potential. By the way, I don't know how comfortable you are with gpu over clocking, but it cannot be simpler and easier on the 7000 series. All the numbers in that benchmark are still on the stock voltage so there is nothing to worry about. It could not be safer.

To be honest, I plan to go the 7870 route. I'm gonna get 2 and over clock them to have roughly equivalent performance of 7950 crossfire. Currently the only reference design on Newegg is Powercolor. Nothing wrong at all with that brand but I plan to wait for the Asus or Sapphire brands to come out just because thats what I've always bought.
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