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I plan on upgrading most of my PC, with a 6600k, new mobo, ram and PSU sometime in the next week.
Now, I will have about $1,000 aud for a new GPU sometime around May so my question.. is a 980ti good enough? I'd like to wait for Polaris or Pascal but I'm not sure I have the patience.
I'll still have just a 1080p monitor for a while, but would it be worth waiting simply to leave open the option of upgrading to 1440p/4k? redface.gif
I'd like to be able to have 60 fps at max settings in pretty much any game for the next 2 years or so if that's even possible
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Can't help with yer patience BUT ..... yer 980Ti will serve you well for quite sometime at 1080. Now once you go to 4k you need to think .... more card OR another Ti or 2..... which will be less expensive when Pascal drops. wink.gif

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honestly when it comes to GPUs and having a new card expected to come a few months down the road, I would usually get something cheap and basic to get me by the upcoming months until the new GPUs are released if you have to.

I would use your R9 280 until new releases or sell the 280 and get something 2nd hand until the new releases.

Hope this gives you an idea, good luck. thumb.gif
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if your mobo is still in good shape . . . get a 2700K (a used one will be ideal) and oc it to 4.5GHz at least, get a 980 Ti now as well as a 1440.

Save the Grand for your next upgrade.
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honestly when it comes to GPUs and having a new card expected to come a few months down the road, I would usually get something cheap and basic to get me by the upcoming months until the new GPUs are released if you have to.

I would use your R9 280 until new releases or sell the 280 and get something 2nd hand until the new releases.

Hope this gives you an idea, good luck. thumb.gif
Yeah, I think keeping the 280 for a while might just be the best way to do it, this way I can choose a monitor upgrade whether its 1440p or 4k at the same time as the GPU based on what the GPU's are like.
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if your mobo is still in good shape . . . get a 2700K (a used one will be ideal) and oc it to 4.5GHz at least, get a 980 Ti now as well as a 1440.

Save the Grand for your next upgrade.
My 2500k is already at 4.7, and I don't think I really need HT. The idea is to basically build a whole new system though, not gonna hold onto sandybridge forever, as great as it is.
My partner wants a better PC than her current netbook too (as a bonus she can stop kicking me off my own pc to play fallout), so it's partially for that. I'll be putting these old parts in a new case for her once I've finished mine.


EDIT: It's probably also worth noting that I've always had pretty mediocre cards, ati x550, nvidia 9600, hd6950 and now the 280(non-x) so I'm looking for a huge jump in performance.
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I would personally wait, Pascal and Polaris are coming soon. It'd suck to pay 650$ for a 980TI and NVidia releases a more powerful GPU for 30$ more or whatever..
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Yeah, I think keeping the 280 for a while might just be the best way to do it, this way I can choose a monitor upgrade whether its 1440p or 4k at the same time as the GPU based on what the GPU's are like.
My 2500k is already at 4.7, and I don't think I really need HT. The idea is to basically build a whole new system though, not gonna hold onto sandybridge forever, as great as it is.
My partner wants a better PC than her current netbook too (as a bonus she can stop kicking me off my own pc to play fallout), so it's partially for that. I'll be putting these old parts in a new case for her once I've finished mine.


EDIT: It's probably also worth noting that I've always had pretty mediocre cards, ati x550, nvidia 9600, hd6950 and now the 280(non-x) so I'm looking for a huge jump in performance.

Have you tried vsr to 1440 with the 280? Unless you are not gonna play multi-threaded games like GTA V (6 soon), then no need for HT.

Wait for the next gen, then. But, i am sure they are going to be expensive, especially in your neck of the woods. If you are playing multi-threaded games or plan on doing so . . . get an i7 or whatever variant.
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I would wait, I think the $300 14nm card's will be as fast as the 980ti, for the money you are about to spend you can get two.
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The wait on the next gen cards is still quite a few months. There will be an additional wait while the 3rd parties release non reference designs/coolers etc. Add in some stock delays from initial demand and price instability.. I don't have a problem recommending buying a GPU now at all.

Other positive with the current Nvidia cards is the ridiculous overclocking - if the next gen doesn't overclock as well, the performance gap is going to be a lot smaller then what people are expecting. I would look at getting a 980TI that has a custom PCB and boosts into the 1400's with little tweaking - MSI lightning, Gigabyte Xtreme gaming , Asus Matrix etc.
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I would wait, I think the $300 14nm card's will be as fast as the 980ti, for the money you are about to spend you can get two.

If this prediction or guess becomes real . . . i'll definitely recommend an i7.
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