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Is an upgrade from a GTX 560Ti to a HD 7870 justified?

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As above, contemplating whether to jump onto the red bandwagon.
post #2 of 11
What is your current machine's specs? Just want to make sure your other components don't act as a bottleneck. Also is your 560ti the 448-core edition?

With the release of the GTX 680 yesterday/today, there may be price drops from Team Red in response to Green's strong offering. Personally I'd recommend you wait a few weeks just to see if any prices change.

What games do you currently play, and what resolution and settings?
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by mingqi53 View Post

What is your current machine's specs? Just want to make sure your other components don't act as a bottleneck. Also is your 560ti the 448-core edition?
With the release of the GTX 680 yesterday/today, there may be price drops from Team Red in response to Green's strong offering. Personally I'd recommend you wait a few weeks just to see if any prices change.
What games do you currently play, and what resolution and settings?

CPU: i5-2500k @ 4.5GHZ
Mobo: Asus P8P67 PRO
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB
PSU: FSP Aurum 650W 80+ Gold

560Ti is normal one. Not the 448-core. Already pending deal for it. Dont think there will be much price drop as in my country, the local distros tend to mark up the price a lot.
post #4 of 11
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/52165-amd-radeon-hd-7870-hd-7850-review-19.html

Depends on what games you play, as well as the resolution, but overall it only looks like a slight/minor improvement over your 560ti. You should check the other pages to look for benchmarks for specific games.

Look up the price difference between your 7870 and your 560ti, and determine whether or not it's worth the best bang for buck. Personally after seeing these benchmarks I wouldn't justify 560ti->7870 as a upgrade, more like a side-grade, kind of like a GTX 470 to a 560ti.
post #5 of 11
If you can cover half the cost of the 7870 with your 560 Ti sale, then that would be great.
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I'm interested to know this too...What would be a sizeable upgrade on the cheap?
Perhaps getting a cheap 7950 if prices go down?
post #7 of 11
If you're buying new, it would be a GTX 480 for about $200.

Or if you seen one drop below $300: 6970 or GTX 580.
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If you're buying new, it would be a GTX 480 for about $200.
Or if you seen one drop below $300: 6970 or GTX 580.

Looking forward to the second scenario biggrin.gif

Here in Argentina prices are totally whack tongue.gif -a quick search shows me this: http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-140960814-placa-de-video-asus-nvidia-gtx-580-1536mb-gddr5-384-bit--_JM -
What do you guys think, huh?

Worth buying a $300 580 and reselling for a 680, right?
post #9 of 11
Well yeah, but where can you get a 580 for $300 right now?

One other option is a 6950 reference card that might be able to have its shaders unlocked. There's one here at the Marketplace for $300, already unlocked.
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post #10 of 11
I can get a 580 for 320 plus shipping. But I'll wait a couple more days to see if prices drop further, or if some OCN peeps start giving away their 580s biggrin.gif
I'd rather stay "green" hehe

btw, have you seen that link I posted earlier? 730usd for a ref 1.5gb 580 card!!!
I personally find $500 for the 680 a steal rolleyes.gif
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