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I just got rid of my 7970 in my main rig (wanted to try a new card that used less energy). I have 5850 to hold me over since I’m not playing an intensive games. I plan to either get that new AMD cards OR get the Nvidia 9x0 series when their price drops. (many of the GTX9x0 are still going for over their MSRP).

Should I wait for the AMD HBM cards, or get the Nvidia cards when their prices drop, or just get an Nvidia card now?


Update:
I forgot to mention my budget is around ~$300.
Edited by Bluescreendeath - 2/4/16 at 11:08am
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This may help in your decision. The R9-390x uses a lot more power, but is $100 less than the slightly better performing, less power hungry GTX 980.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0YOdL4A0lg
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Thanks - but I forgot to mention my budget is around ~$300. So GTX970 would be the max I can get (unless the GTX 980 gets a price drop in the future)
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Thanks - but I forgot to mention my budget is around ~$300. So GTX970 would be the max I can get (unless the GTX 980 gets a price drop in the future)

 

In that case 390-390x is the better option or wait for next gen 400 series and what ever nvidia calls their next gen.

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(wanted to try a new card that used less energy)

If energy usage is your concern, the 970 will be better. But not night-and-day better... if you want big efficiency improvements, you'll have to wait for 14nm cards from either AMD or Nvidia.
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In that case 390-390x is the better option or wait for next gen 400 series and what ever nvidia calls their next gen.

Except the 390x is currently about $400.

For $300 its down to the R9-390 (non X) and the GTX 970.

Again, this may help you make a choice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9cKZiJw6Pk
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You should save your $ for a bit more then and go for a 980 or better if you want performance and efficiency

7970 to GTX 970 just isn't that much of an upgrade in my book
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with a budget of $300.00 you should just get a r9 290X used from say craiglist or etc. for $200.00. Reason why I suggest the 290X? 390X is overclocked 290X with 4gb more of vram which to me personally aint worth the additional $100-$150.00 price increase of the 390X
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I wouldn't get 970 now, this card will be oblivion once 16nm GPUs hit.
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You should save your $ for a bit more then and go for a 980 or better if you want performance and efficiency

7970 to GTX 970 just isn't that much of an upgrade in my book
I've been through 290->980->980Ti path last 12 months. If 970 doesn't deliver 40% over 7970 then I wouldn't bother. 290 -> 980 was a big jump, but still not really worth paying twice as much. If I knew in advance, I'd skip the 980 upgrade and go from 290 to 980Ti directly. 290 -> 980 = twice the price (1200PLN->2300PLN), about 40% performance bump. 290 -> 980Ti =2.5x the price (1200PLN -> 2900PLN) for almost twice the pefromance of 290.
Edited by Klocek001 - 2/4/16 at 11:37am
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390 is the best value right now.
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