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So just as the title says if you had 400$ which video card would you go ahead and buy or wait till amd 8000 series? Thanks! 

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Does that mean AMD only?

I wasn't very happy with my 7950 and 7970s when I had them last year, but I heard they had some improvements via drivers in the past couple months... I assume $400 can get you a nice 8xxx if you are actually willing to wait it out.

Or a 770 DC2 thumb.gif

I'm personally waiting to see the numbers on new releases like the ASUS Poseidon and such.
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If I had $400 to spend on a video card, I'd get the EVGA GTX 770 w/ ACX cooler.

The ACX cooler is quite efficient, and EVGA is giving away free backplates w/ registration of said model.
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If I had 400 and had plans of adding another card in the future, I'd probably grab a 770... or a 7970 if the whole driver thing works itself out.

If I had 400 and just wanted to buy something and be done with it (not add another card later on), I'd probably either grab 2 660s, or hope that the driver thing is sorted out soon and 7850 (or if you can stretch it to 7870)
 
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The "driver" issue is only an issue in crossfire and then only in certain games and further reduced in the fact that it is about an even split if anyone noticed it at all. Some people never saw the issue. For a single card there is NO issue.
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Does that mean AMD only?

I wasn't very happy with my 7950 and 7970s when I had them last year, but I heard they had some improvements via drivers in the past couple months... I assume $400 can get you a nice 8xxx if you are actually willing to wait it out.

Or a 770 DC2 thumb.gif

I'm personally waiting to see the numbers on new releases like the ASUS Poseidon and such.

and no sorry nvidia as well was just saying amd i heard has new 8000 series coming out. 

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The "driver" issue is only an issue in crossfire and then only in certain games and further reduced in the fact that it is about an even split if anyone noticed it at all. Some people never saw the issue. For a single card there is NO issue.

Not bashing based on fanboyism. I've legitimately gone through 4 AMD cards and 4 nvidia cards for the gtx 600 and amd 79xx series. Just stating what I had when I had it... both in single and CFX. But I do realize that there have been fixes to recent drivers. Talking frame latency, not just FPS. It was noticeable when I was last using the cards that I have since sold.

Check out the GTX 770, the EVGA ACX is supposed to be good, but I have heard the ASUS DC2 has been quite good this series for nvidia.
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The 770 seems like a good investment, I would actually prefer that over a 7970 as of the moment. 7970's are great but, 770 just came out so it's bound to have a good set of improvements.
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i would not spend $400 on a 2GB card. either 3 or 4GB. if the 770, then go for the 4GB. it is only $50 more.

it is like buying 4 tires instead of 2 for just $50 more. btw, there are no issues with drivers that i know of with amd. and if you play BF3, you might want to stick with amd.
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i would not spend $400 on a 2GB card. either 3 or 4GB. if the 770, then go for the 4GB. it is only $50 more.

it is like buying 4 tires instead of 2 for just $50 more. btw, there are no issues with drivers that i know of with amd. and if you play BF3, you might want to stick with amd.

EXACTLY. get a HD 7970 OC / HD 7970 Ghz 3GB or GTX 770 4GB. with next gen consoles having massive RAM its not a good idea to go for 2GB even at 1080p. texture budgets for next gen games are going to get a massive increase. With PS4 having 7GB usable RAM and Xbox One having 5GB usable RAM for games , 2GB is shortsighted.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6994/nvidia-geforce-gtx-770-review/3

"Having 2GB of RAM doesn’t impose any real problems today, but I’m left to wonder for how much longer that’s going to be true. The wildcard in all of this will be the next-generation consoles, each of which packs 8GB of RAM, which is quite a lot of RAM for video operations even after everything else is accounted for. With most PC games being ports of console games, there’s a decent risk of 2GB cards being undersized when used with high resolutions and the highest quality art assets. The worst case scenario is only that these highest quality assets may not be usable at playable performance, but considering the high performance of every other aspect of GTX 770 that would be a distinct and unfortunate bottleneck."


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
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