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  • 59% (28)
    Don't be an idiot, your card's fine. Wait 6-8 months for the new stuff
  • 40% (19)
    Other - explain
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post #21 of 34
get a second 280 for SLI, sell both of them when next-gen comes and then buy a really nice new-gen card
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post #22 of 34
If your waiting for the latest and greatest you'll be waiting forever. Technology is always improving and you just have to jump in sometimes. If your playing games with out any issues then don't worry. If you can't play games and can't wait then some of the previous suggestions would be better. Like a second GTX 280 SLI. The new cards are slated for about mid-December through mid-March time again as usual.

Ask yourself do you want to spend $250 on another card for 8-9 months of use or not. If you find yourself chomping at the bit then spring for a GTX 560ti or AMD 6870 and you'll be just fine until the new line comes out.

I'm waiting to see if the next series are really better being that it's breaking new ground and they may have some bumps along the road before maturity. These current 6000 and 500 series cards have been improved with both AMD and Nvidia are matured including drivers for performance and architecturally.

Example I bought an ATI 5770 instead of Nvidia 400 series cards last year. As the 480's were close to what it's potential could have been but were plauged with problems. It wasn't until the 580 that all 512 cores were unlocked and being used to full potential without heat issues or problems. It's what the 480 should have been, though they are great cards they were shy of the mark. Now the 580 draws less power and runs more efficient in return with less heat dissapation and with all 512 cores, but it took a whole line of cards to get it right.

So the next series cards may not be all that until the following 8000 and 700 series before we see the newer cards mature fully yet again. Only time will tell, and naturally I'm speculating.

If I was you I'd bit the bullet and at least get yourself a mid-level card if not a high end one. Then when the new cards come out you'll have time to sit back and see how they do before deciding. If your happy with the mid-level card you can always SLI or Crossfire it, then and sit out the next series anyway without any problems. Food for thought.

I bit the bullet and went top of the line this year and it's a great card. If the next series aren't any better or not by much, I will for the first time run a second card. I have always gone with the one card solution, usually the second to top card of a line for single GPU. This is a first for me if I add a second. Good luck and let us know what you decided.
     
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post #23 of 34
Have a GTX275 1792MB memory on a Dell U3011 1600p. I am waiting for the next line-up of cards that has 2GB+ VRAM and a displayport. Altho I will be very tempted if they release a GTX580 3GB VRAM w/ a displayport.
post #24 of 34
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Originally Posted by BloodyBonzai View Post
Have a GTX275 1792MB memory on a Dell U3011 1600p. I am waiting for the next line-up of cards that has 2GB+ VRAM and a displayport. Altho I will be very tempted if they release a GTX580 3GB VRAM w/ a displayport.
ooooooo nice card coming out by the way for those needing more vram due to higher than 1920x1080p resolution btw. The GTX 580 is made with qaulity vram and dosen't have any issues. Very good choice for top of the line and higher resolution solution.
     
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post #25 of 34
just do what makes you happy.

i myself am waiting for the 460 2win to hit other manufacturers considering they beat the 580 for 100quid less.
post #26 of 34
6990 with a waterblock. OC it like crazy to around 1100/1375, then it can easily go head-to-head even with 580 SLI OC.

Or the upcoming EVGA 580 3Gb of RAM. Those 580 will be sweeet cards! 2 of those will be a really nice set-up.

But please, don't buy those POS 580 with 1.5Gb of RAM, or the 590. 1.5Gb is not enough. That's the reason why EVGA are putting those 3Gb on the market.

And those 3Gb 580 will be great.
    
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post #27 of 34
Change of heart. Get a 580. You'll love it.
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post #28 of 34
Buying a 580 now isn't "throwing money away" considering you can always resell it later. It won't depreciate that badly in 6-8 months.
post #29 of 34
Buy a used 480 and sell your current card. It will only set you back like 250, and when the next gen comes out, you can get at least 150 for it easy. So it's 100 bucks for an upgrade that will last you more than half a year.
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post #30 of 34
I'm not a big believer in waiting. There's always something bigger and/or better just around the corner. If you're itching to upgrade get the best card you can afford. The 6950 is awesome, and the 570 is as well, regardless of what some people say. If you can swing it, the 6990, 580, and 6970 are all solid performers as well, though I would avoid the 590.
 
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