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It has been a few years since I even considered upgrading my GPU's, but got the itch when one of my GTX 285's smoked last week. Fortunately I had lifetime warranty on both of the GTX 285's so EVGA is in the process of giving me a new GPU for my smoked unit. However, not sure what they will send, so I got the itch and started shopping, which is dangerous.

I used to be a hard-core 15 hour a day gamer, now I am about 1-3 hours a day, if I am lucky. See my signature for my setup and help if you can.

Anyway, got a deal from NewEgg for a GTX 670 SC (04g-P4-2673-KR) for $400, $380 after $20 rebate.It is due to arrive 03Jul13, should I order something else?

1. Did i make a mistake?
2. Should I buy something else?
3. SLI again with 2 ea. 24" and 1 ea. 27"?

Constructive suggestions are sincerely appreciated.

Thanks!
post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by WeedWhackerDood View Post

It has been a few years since I even considered upgrading my GPU's, but got the itch when one of my GTX 285's smoked last week. Fortunately I had lifetime warranty on both of the GTX 285's so EVGA is in the process of giving me a new GPU for my smoked unit. However, not sure what they will send, so I got the itch and started shopping, which is dangerous.

I used to be a hard-core 15 hour a day gamer, now I am about 1-3 hours a day, if I am lucky. See my signature for my setup and help if you can.

Anyway, got a deal from NewEgg for a GTX 670 SC (04g-P4-2673-KR) for $400, $380 after $20 rebate.It is due to arrive 03Jul13, should I order something else?

1. Did i make a mistake?
2. Should I buy something else?
3. SLI again with 2 ea. 24" and 1 ea. 27"?

Constructive suggestions are sincerely appreciated.

Thanks!

Hey mate.

If I were you I would whether get a
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 for around 350$
  • GTX 770 for around 400$
  • GTX 760 for around 265$

The GTX 760 has a very good price / performance ratio. Its one of my favortire choice but the HD 7950 or HD 7970 have bigger overclocking potential.

I just did this using the Valley Thread (I added the GTX 285 SLI in the bottom)

Edited by KaRLiToS - 7/1/13 at 1:23pm
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Thank you for your advice and the effort you placed in providing me with useful data.

I spent ~5 additional hours researching my own topic and with your solid foundation, although you mistakenly swapped the 760 and 770 price points, I found enough opinions and supporting data to make my decision. I think........ smile.gif

I think I will install the 670 SC when it arrives from the NewEgg Memphis warehouse and then 'step-up' to the GTX 770 4gb card within th 90-day period (closer to the end of the period to make sure I don't have to pay sooo much to jump to the 770 4gb).

In this manner, I will have a GPU for the time being, enjoy a TREMENDOUS bump from my dutiful GTX 285 troopers, allow EVGA to replace the smoked GTX 285, give me time to request my other GTX 285 be replaced with the same model EVGA replaced my smoked card with (another story...) and allow the price to drop on the current GTX 770 4 GB card so I don't have to she'll out more $$$ than is needed.

Then I could be in place to run dual SLI 770's at a more economical price, possibly heading to tri-SLI, if I can swing (mentally) the cost for the third 770.

I would love to pickup a 30" and use my existing screens to complement the 30", but for $1200 smackers, not sold on the big LCD yet.

Constructive opinions sincerely welcomed!
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Constructive opinions sincerely welcomed!

Honestly I would buy a 7970 in your position. They are cheap (you can usually find some on sale for less than $330) and they OC very nicely. When both overclocked (gtx 770 and 7970) it's a hard sell for the gtx 770 imo because of the higher price as well as less vram.

When both are overclocked they pretty much have the same performance.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/06/06/msi_n770_lightning_overclocking_review/3#.UdHnZ5y0Tj4
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Thank you for your advice and the effort you placed in providing me with useful data.

I spent ~5 additional hours researching my own topic and with your solid foundation, although you mistakenly swapped the 760 and 770 price points, I found enough opinions and supporting data to make my decision. I think........ smile.gif

I think I will install the 670 SC when it arrives from the NewEgg Memphis warehouse and then 'step-up' to the GTX 770 4gb card within th 90-day period (closer to the end of the period to make sure I don't have to pay sooo much to jump to the 770 4gb).

Constructive opinions sincerely welcomed!

Return that 670 ASAP. $380 for a 670 now is a ripoff. Plain and simple. I'm an nVIDIA guy to my grave but now isn't the time for that. If you aren't willing to go 780 or Titan, go for the 7970. Even with step up you are over paying and not getting the performance you could.
post #6 of 8
not sure on your new or total GPU budget but the above posters covered all the options.
$380 for a GTX 670 is a no-no, I didn't even pay that much for my 670's earlier this year..
post #7 of 8
I like my 670 but I wish I went with a 7970 - I bought my card last May so the 670 decision wasn't as dumb as it would be now. There are also no 7970's that I like which will fit in my case mad.gif By the way, I paid $380 for my card when they were launched last year.

The 7970 is the better card, you're going to want the extra VRAM when some of these new games start coming out too - even at 1080P if you like AA at all thumb.gif
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for the help. At some point i realize I need to take charge and move on with my decision(s), reviewing the 7970 on NewEgg alone, there are again a WIDE variety of mfg's and frankly, I have lived off of EVGA products and their OUTSTANDING Customer Support since 2008.

Looking at reviews, it 'appears' that Gigabyte has the better consumer reviewed GPU. However, recently many people are having issues with them being defective shortly after putting into use. I know, warranty covers that stuff but does not look that Gigabyte has good QC processes.

I have a lot to ponder and I DO APPRECIATE the input each of you have provided.

The pricing I see is ~$349 -$599, depending on the VRAM and configuration and who the manufacture of the cards are, Gigabyte, Sapphire, XFX, Asus etc.

Thanks, you are all much APPRECIATED!
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