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Is it worth it to upgrade my 9800gt?

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I'm looking at spending around $250 on a new video card. I've had my eye on the GTX 760 2GB, and I'm planning on just swapping the video card over when I build a new computer within the next year and will put the 9800gt back into this old rig. GPU boost 2.0 sounds worth it to pick over a 660ti. But I'd like some advice. The main reason I want to get a new GPU now is I want to start messing with DX11 features. I do environment art for video games as a hobby and would like to start using some of the newer DX11 shaders. But I'd also like a card with more vram, like the 660's with 3 gigs. But I also want a quiet card, and from all the reviews I've seen lately, Asus DIRECTCU cards have been the best. Any advise?
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Don't get the 3gb version of the 660. The bus width is the main limiting factor making the extra vram a moot point. You'd be better off with the 760.
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760 all the way!
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Advice is to get a 7950. Why settle for a weaker card with less VRAM and a higher price tag? There's really no incentive to take a 760 over a 7950 for a single card.
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I'm not getting a AMD card. Driver issues with 3d production software is a pain, and very common and prevalent with AMD cards. Also I use applications with CUDA acceleration. AMD is not an option.
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You'd see an upgrade with pretty much any mid-high end card these days but you will be bottlenecking the GPUs so it doesn't matter too much which one you get, just get whatever has the features you want and at a low price. Personally, I'd wait a bit longer and grab a 7900 card once people start to drop them for the 9000 series.

GPU boost 2.0 is pretty much worthless on an older system to be honest, you won't notice much of a bump at all due to the bottleneck.
 
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