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Right now, I am sitting on a gtx 570 (920mhz core clock) and a phenom ii x4 965 at a very stable 4ghz.


I am looking to upgrade, and i like the sound of the GTX 680, with the options that nvidia has (physx, nvidia 3D, etc) but the 7970 is also about 75 bucks cheaper for the same basic proformance. Im stuck, what should I upgrade to? My 570 (evga) is my first nvidia card, and I am loving the new options it gives me. I would love to stick with nvidia, but is it worth it?

A side question....my processor is older, and am looking to upgrade to a core i5 and a nice mobo combo, about 359 bucks. I am in need of a cpu upgrade i believe, even at my current 4ghz.

Should I get a new GPU? My games all run smooth at 1080p, but im the type of person that always wants more frames.

Or

Should I get the processor/mobo combo, and wait till next gen to get a gpu? (option im leaning twoards)



I know half of the question isnt related to graphics, but please bare with me.
post #2 of 10
you need to upgrade your mobo/cpu, any of the new gen cards would be bottle necked.
post #3 of 10
I would use the money to go IB platform. especially if you're near a Microcenter. At stock speed it's faster than your 965.

Single 1080p, there's nothing the 570 can't already handle.
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post #4 of 10
I'd say, stick to your 570.

If you just upgrade, evga 670 ftw model. Performs just as good as a 680 for less.

Preferably though, just upgrade your cpu/mobo and see what benefits you get from that first. Then further down the line grab a 770gtx
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post #5 of 10
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Yeah thats what i was leaning twoards. Im looking into a an i5 3570k and a great gigabyte mobo to overclock the **** out of it, ill grab a mid-range 7 series card when they come out
post #6 of 10
Do you live near a microcenter by any chance? If you buy a mobo and a ivy bridge CPU at the same time, you get an additional $50 off. Not to mention, CPU prices at microcenter are already like 30 bucks cheaper than newegg. So right off the bat, buy your mobo and CPU from them and you'll save $80 compared to newegg

Example

newegg i7 3770k = 330$
Microcenter i7 3770k = 290$

Buy an additional $150 mobo....

Newegg = 480
microcenter = 390
Edited by lacrossewacker - 10/14/12 at 7:38am
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post #7 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by lacrossewacker View Post

Do you live near a microcenter by any chance? If you buy a mobo and a ivy bridge CPU at the same time, you get an additional $50 off. Not to mention, CPU prices at microcenter are already like 30 bucks cheaper than newegg. So right off the bat, buy your mobo and CPU from them and you'll save $80 compared to newegg

Example

newegg i7 3770k = 330$
Microcenter i7 3770k = 290$

Buy an additional $150 mobo....

Newegg = 480
microcenter = 390

Interestingly I did the same thing last month with the 2700k. The deal is only supposed to benefit ivybridge proc but it rung up in the computer so I got 50$ off. Since the 2700k was already cheaper than 3770k, I got the i7... I think I paid 190 for CPU and 130 for mobo after the discount. About the price that the 2700k was by itself on the Egg. biggrin.gif

OT: I was upgrading from a 955 (which was impeding my 7950). I would go for the CPU/Mobo combo.
Edited by Biorganic - 10/14/12 at 7:52am
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Biorganic View Post

Interestingly I did the same thing last month with the 2700k. The deal is only supposed to benefit ivybridge proc but it rung up in the computer so I got 50$ off. Since the 2700k was already cheaper than 3770k, I got the i7... I think I paid 190 for CPU and 130 for mobo after the discount. About the price that the 2700k was by itself on the Egg. biggrin.gif
OT: I was upgrading from a 955 (which was impeding my 7950). I would go for the CPU/Mobo combo.

Dang the only reason i ended up with the 3770k was that I thought the 50$ discount only applied to ivy bridge (or so as the advertisement would have you believe)

oh well, both great processors for great prices
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post #9 of 10
It was not supposed to work with sandy, but a cool sales guy tipped me off that it showed up in computer. I ended up with the i7 for only a bit more than what the i5 rig would have cost me. Just luck man. Besides you have a super nice CPU now. No worries thumb.gif
 
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If you want to push whichever CPU you choose to the max I hear the SB's are better for overclocking plus you can grab a 2500k for $160 at microcenter.
     
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