Originally Posted by crun
I'm considering upgrading my GPU. I want a card which can give me about 2 years (generations) of gaming in ~ultra details in 1080p. Then I will rebuild my whole computer, which then should last for the rest of PS4/XBONE generation.
This is my 4-years old current RIG:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 750 2,66GHz @ 3,66 GHz + Mugen2 (max it can go... :()
2x4GB GoodRam 1333 MHz@1444 MHz
ATI Powercolor Radeon HD 5850 @ 900/1250 1.1V (can go as high as 950/1300 though with a little more voltage)
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
Coolermaster Mystique 631
Initialy I was considering 7950 or 7970 because I feel both have better performance per dollar. Sadly, ~25cm length is max what can fit my case. Shortest 7950 is about 27cm long.
But then I discovered GTX 760, which costs a little more than 7950.
The card I'm particularly interested in is Asus GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC 2GB DDR5 - because I'm certain it will fit (20cm long...) and there will even be more place to breath for other components.
- Is there any other card worth considering? Not longer than 25,5cm and about ~350$ max. IF the connector isn't on the back (but on the side like in Asus I mentioned) 26cm or something could fit!
- Do you think it is a good upgrade for my current rig? Is i5 email@example.com enough?
- Should I wait for GTX760ti, which may be revelead in Montreal next week? What could the pricing be and availability (when)? Could it impact current GTX760/770 prices?
- How does overclocking in nvidia cards look? Can I up the voltage without loosing my warranty by changing the GPU's bios?
- Is Asus GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC 2GB DDR5 a good choice? HAWK won't fit for sure.
- Is 2GB really going to be enough for max settings (including aa if possible) in 1080p for the upcoming games, for the next ~2 years at least?
- is this unistall sufficient for the GPU swap? I don't really want to format my perfectly configured W8. And I remember that when I swapped my GPU (rest of the rig came after) 4 years ago, from Nvidia to ATI, it yielded BSoD often...
Three things u need to do:
(gather reviews, benchmarks and prices.)
Because, right now, there's a Price War that began this week between AMD and nVidia; the AMD R9 280X and 270X are almost out and reviews for them started being released this week. BUT, the AMD R9 290's reviews and benchmarks will be out mid next week; and two more 700 series vid cards are on the way out.ppl shopping now
for vid cards, like urself, should simply narrow it down to having the following problem:
i'm having trouble deciding which vid card to upgrade to; and it should be considered a blessing that the decision shouldn't be made until about one month from now.
so start collecting data!
-the best and most convenient source for GTX760 reviews and benchmarks are HERE. (TechPowerUp Review Database)
-Start reading all the new AMD R9 280X and 270X reviews. (yesterday i read an R9 280X review HERE
-Get ready to read all the AMD R9 290X reviews next week.
-everyone including myself fell for the news that the GTX 760 would be the last of the 700 series. But there's at least two more in the 700 series on the way out. all the data about them has already began to trickle out, and all the most import stuff about them should be out in the next 14 days. imo, they will most likely be selling in November.
-because u are very experienced with AMD drivers, u should consider both AMD and nVidia vid cards.
-The aforementioned Price Wars that started this week are going to get crazy! over the next four weeks.