Originally Posted by Dark Void
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?
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.
This link shows some comparisons
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.