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Hi all!

I'm in the process of completing the list of components to buy for a new gaming computer. It is going to have an i7-8700K on a MSI Gaming M5 motherboard. I'm planning to buy also a 27" 1440p 144hz monitor.

I'm not in a rush right now, I could wait some months as right now I am very busy because of my job and I'm traveling a lot (until end of November probably). I'm also not one of those guys that change components every one or two years: once I buy the stuff, I want to keep it without trying to sell parts to get the latest.

Now the question, that is the typical dilemma of every gaming pc buyer: should I get a 1080 Ti now or wait for Volta?
The rumors about Volta are scarce, but it seems that the new graphic series from Nvidia might come out Q1 2018. The point is that online I cannot find any articles about the Volta cards written after August.
It's not a big deal for me if I had to wait until, say, February, the motherboard has HDMI and DisplayPort, so I could still use the computer for normal "office-type" work and wait for the graphic card to come out.

If it is a matter of waiting for 3-4 months, it is not a problem for me to wait. The 2080 Ti (or 1180 Ti, whatever) will come out probably at least one year from now, but if the rest of the cards are presented Q1 2018, I guess that the basic 2080/1180 will be a beast of a card, considering the 1080 Ti is already a monster.

What should I do?
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GTX 1080 Ti is a great card for 144hz 1440p... and In my opinion, if you decide to wait for volta or any other card... you're going to be waiting forever... technology advances very quickly and many of us enthusiasts upgrade within a year or two of their GPU purchase.

Buy what's available now... and if you decide to upgrade to the latest and greatest in the future then you can simply sell the card and upgrade.
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Yeah that is what I was thinking.
I was committed on the 1080 Ti but in the last few days I started having the doubt.

I don't want to wait for a year for Volta. The point is that I don't want to buy a card now and figure out that 2 months later the new model is out and it is sold for the same price or less. The point is that Nvidia doesn't disclose much until close to release, and the rumors are that Q1 2018 might be a good time for Volta (it was initially supposed to be in 2017, but Vega is not a big threat to current Pascal). They are rumors, I'm not sure if I should trust them because the last time I bought a good card was many years ago...
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I expect Volta might be Q2 2018. At this point if it's Q1 then it would be the very end of Q1 with limited availability. The only reason for Nvidia to release Volta at all is to stick to their roadmap. They can release workstation Volta and leave the less lucrative gaming market to rot since there is no competition.
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post #5 of 14
Buy 1080Ti now.
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If you are gaming on 1440p and want 144hz smooth get the 1080ti. I was using 980ti sli and although some games the frames were high I could always notice the little stuttering. 1080ti runs a lot of games at over 100fps easy with max settings. BF1 runs around 120 consistently which is more then enough and its really smooth compared to sli. Destiny 2 ran around 120 fps or more as well.

I run project cars 2 at 4k on my tv and usually stay around 60 fps.
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post #7 of 14
2080Ti? Keep on dreamin'. There is no competition in the consumer/gaming market and none of these cards are made first and foremost for gaming. 2019 maybe. NV will milk the Paxwell as long as they can.
post #8 of 14
My friend,if you need to ask yourself if it's better to wait,it's because you don't really need it.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by JackCY View Post

2080Ti? Keep on dreamin'. There is no competition in the consumer/gaming market and none of these cards are made first and foremost for gaming. 2019 maybe. NV will milk the Paxwell as long as they can.

No they won't. Even with no competition, Nvidia wants to release (small) Volta ASAP. Smaller chip, smaller bus, cheaper card. Bigger margin compared to 1080 Ti.

1080 made 980Ti go EOL, price were almost the same, 1080 was cheaper to make, more money for Nvidia.

I expect "2080/2070" Q2 2018. About 1 year after 1080 Ti release.
Both cards will probably smash the 1080 Ti. New arch, smaller node. Ti in Q2 2019 again. Tick Tock..
Edited by Lass3 - 10/19/17 at 6:27am
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post #10 of 14
Wait until cyber Monday....I've seen cards get discounted $100 or so. Get the Ti then. smile.gif
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