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I would still say in my opinion now would be a great time to unload his 680s, before they depreciate any more and grab one 780 3gb, or one 290x coming out with 4gb. Then can crossfire, sli later? Or if you need the full performance now, get two 280x's you will probably break even after selling the 680s and picking up two 280x's as they are cheap.

I would notice many games, while testing at max aa/settings over the last few days at 1200p hitting 2gb+ or coming very close and that's only 1200p. I would seriously be considering more vram if I was at 1440p.

This is true. I agree that if OP sees himself wishing to upgrade at some point, might as well flip the 680s now before they're worth even less.

I was fortunate and managed to sell my two 7970 Lightnings for $860 the week before the 770 released biggrin.gif
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I would still say in my opinion now would be a great time to unload his 680s, before they depreciate any more and grab one 780 3gb, or one 290x coming out with 4gb. Then can crossfire, sli later? Or if you need the full performance now, get two 280x's you will probably break even after selling the 680s and picking up two 280x's as they are cheap.

I would notice many games, while testing at max aa/settings over the last few days at 1200p hitting 2gb+ or coming very close and that's only 1200p. I would seriously be considering more vram if I was at 1440p.

It's what I am doing, just sent back my 770 and ordering a 280x now and then another later with a 1440p screen. I think 2gb is passing, for the enthusiast/ultra enthusiast market anyways. Of course you are fine for your normal console ports, but we are on OCN talking about 1440p +.

This seems to happen every generation.

While your suggestion is feasible, really, the question then becomes, do you upgrade every year? Because as far as we are all concerned, game developers will want to surely put out newer, bigger, better games every year as well right? So then, wouldn't the logical conclusion be that we must always buy the newest hardware to support the newest game releases?

Well, not so fast. OCN, while a nice sizable community, really, only represents a slice of the actual PC-hardware-sales pie. Most video cards that do sell are going to be of the mainstream variety, which (shockingly) still run somewhere in the neighborhood of 1GB to 2GB of VRAM total. At the end of the day, the smart money for game developers is to appeal to the larger mainstream crowd, instead of alienating them; and toss a bone here and there for the enthusiasts.

To say that a (debatable) pair of top of the line cards from last year will run into trouble with newer releases, is frankly a bit sensationalistic. It has been confirmed that the Nvidia graphics drivers will allocate as much VRAM as you have, which is why you will often times see the usage approach the limits. This also explains why GTX 580's that have the palty (by comparison) 1.5GB of VRAM can still hang with the big boys in even BF3 (I know because I had a pair running both 1200p Surround and 1440p at separate times last year). My single 2GB 680 happily plays BF4 in 1080p Surround as well, though, it does require some settings to be lowered, but that's another story. wink.gif Am I getting 60 fps? No, not all the time. Is the gameplay smooth? Absolutely.

Think about it, what's the point to having a 2GB, or 3GB, or 6GB card, if your expectation is that games need to use only half of what you have?

My point is, don't worry so much. Play your games on the hardware you have now, and enjoy them. If your hardware cannot keep up, and there are faster cards available at the moment, research them make a decision based on cost to benefit. Unfortunately, this hobby will always see depreciation as a necessary evil you need to live with - the sooner you accept it, the happier you will be with your purchasing decisions. Upgrading for the sake of "preparing yourself", like you're building a bomb shelter and waiting for the fallout, is honestly a waste of time, and money. wink.gif
     
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The price difference right now from the 2gb model to the 4gb models of the 770's is $40, I mean come on. You are already in the enthusiast territory, especially if you are on a 1440p monitor that is already expensive. Why you cheap out at the last minute and save $40 whole dollars to half your vram and cripple yourself for the not so distant future(new console releases).
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