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I was wondering what would be a sensible strategy for upgrading my video card (according to my preferences).

I'll be saving for most of the rest of this year to buy an Ivy Bridge E 4960X CPU and Rampage 4 Extreme at the NCIX Boxing Day sale, and once I file my taxes I should have a large refund coming, $2000 or around there. The next thing will probably be finally getting an ASUS PB278Q monitor (apart from $100-150 for replacement keyboard and mouse). So, my concerns are:


  • I don't want to spring for a high-end GPU unless I can pair it with 1 or 2 more of the same.
  • I probably don't want to spend on a trio of top-end video cards unless I have all three monitors already.
  • I think I won't be buying a new card until April-June next year, so I don't know if Maxwell will be released by then.

From what I've gathered so far, it seems like the GTX 660 can't cut it that well when it comes to max settings with running a 1440p screen. So mid-end cards are out, and I'd be left with mid-high end options. A GTX 770 or 780 might be more fitting, but I don't have the screen to make use of it yet, and it takes out too much of my potential savings that I want to reserve for the boxing day sale.

So what should I do? Spring for a GTX 660 maybe? Wait?
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I was wondering what would be a sensible strategy for upgrading my video card (according to my preferences).

I'll be saving for most of the rest of this year to buy an Ivy Bridge E 4960X CPU and Rampage 4 Extreme at the NCIX Boxing Day sale, and once I file my taxes I should have a large refund coming, $2000 or around there. The next thing will probably be finally getting an ASUS PB278Q monitor (apart from $100-150 for replacement keyboard and mouse). So, my concerns are:


  • I don't want to spring for a high-end GPU unless I can pair it with 1 or 2 more of the same.
  • I probably don't want to spend on a trio of top-end video cards unless I have all three monitors already.
  • I think I won't be buying a new card until April-June next year, so I don't know if Maxwell will be released by then.

From what I've gathered so far, it seems like the GTX 660 can't cut it that well when it comes to max settings with running a 1440p screen. So mid-end cards are out, and I'd be left with mid-high end options. A GTX 770 or 780 might be more fitting, but I don't have the screen to make use of it yet, and it takes out too much of my potential savings that I want to reserve for the boxing day sale.

So what should I do? Spring for a GTX 660 maybe? Wait?

Dont buy the 4960X its a waste of money get the 4930K instead

Use the money you saved on a better video card

And if you want high FPS with max details in all games you need two video cards not even a GTX Titan can do it in 1440P alone
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the best option for you would be to invest in a HD 7950 now or wait for the GTX 760 which should launch next week. a single HD 7950 / GTX 670 / GTX 760 GPU overclocked will allow you to play at 1440p with high settings with MSAA turned off. use this card for 1 year and buy 20nm Maxwell or next gen 20nm AMD in July 2014. also the FX-8350 should last you till next year. if you need a gaming PC go for Haswell core i5 next year with 20nm Maxwell or next gen AMD. if you do video encoding and use heavily multithreaded apps go for core i7 Haswell.
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