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If you are talking general scenario then I would say there often is no "best" time. As we saw this generation when the 680 and 670 dropped they were the thing but forward a few months and drivers and price drops had put AMD ahead. Things like this can happen any generation you can't really allow for wildcard events so the best thing is to buy what's best at the time you need it and is within your budget.

If you are talking more your specific scenario in that you currently own a 670, well that should be good enough for a while to come though when the 7xx first drop if you look on ebay there will likely be a short time around the 780/770 release where you find people dumping their 670's and 680's and them selling below market rate as people scurry to get the "new" thing. For you that could be time to grab a bargain 670 and SLi.

If you absolutely positively have to have a 7xx series card then wait a month or so for any kinks to get ironed out and for people to figure out whats good/bad in terms of specific cards. In your shoes though (which I am I have a 670) I wouldn't bother with 7xx either SLi what you have if you actually need more GPU grunt or keep on with the single 670 till the next generation (8xx) which it should be capable of doing.
That's a very good suggestion. I'm a bit afraid of SLI because I heard people say some games actually performed worse on it and I'm always told to go for the better GPU rather than SLI'ing two weaker ones.

I know AMD released some awesome drivers this year that put the 7970 and 7950 ahead of the 680 and 670 respectively but I also heard most people saying it is an outlier and ''out-of-character'' for AMD to release such good drivers because that's usually Nvidia's territory. I don't know if I should expect that for the new gen. I also haven't heard any reports about AMD's new series of cards either.

Edit: Nevermind for the last part, I looked online and saw the 8970 listed. It just seems Nvidia is talked about much more.
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That's a very good suggestion. I'm a bit afraid of SLI because I heard people say some games actually performed worse on it and I'm always told to go for the better GPU rather than SLI'ing two weaker ones.

My thought with SLi is if you are buying a totally new card get the best single you can afford but if you have a card from maybe 1 or 2 gens prior that still has some grunt left in it but is just starting to fall short then you can get a significant boost for relatively cheap by grabbing another from E-bay that can often put you ahead of if you had spent the same amount on a single current gen card. You can then run that SLi setup till its 2 or 3 gens old and then single new cards should be offering a significant increase for the £ you spend. Of course SLi comes with some issues but this route can be cheaper long term than constantly buying the x70 or x80 card from each gen while still keeping your performance up.
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