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So i just stumbled on 500ish bucks to spend and want to buy a gpu.. looking at a evga 670 sc or maybe 680.. any suggestions on what i should buy?

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If you can go up a bit (under $600) you can do 660Ti SLI which is faster than a single 680 (providing your mobo and PS can support it)

Or...

you can get a GTX680 4GB for around $530.

wait for the GTX780 that might be under $600...?

grab a 7970 and OC the heck out of it for under $400 (best bang for the buck).

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i have a asrock z77 extreme4 and what is a ps?

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I love it when 500 bucks just shows up. You never know what can be found in between sofa cushions.

I'd wait a little bit and see what the upcoming GTX 770 offers in terms of value. If the rumors turn out correct that the stock 770 will be a little faster than a 680 at $400, then it will certainly be a great card for your money.
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I love it when 500 bucks just shows up. You never know what can be found in between sofa cushions.

I'd wait a little bit and see what the upcoming GTX 770 offers in terms of value. If the rumors turn out correct that the stock 770 will be a little faster than a 680 at $400, then it will certainly be a great card for your money.

I agree with this too. I have dual-670s and love them but with the 700-series imminent, you would be better off waiting till they come out and making a decision.

If you really want a card now, the EVGA 670 FTW 4GB edition is a great futureproof option at ~$450.

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grabbed a 680 FTW 4 GB.. hope i don't regret waiting for 700 series!! only paid 458 though so oh well. when does the new series come out anyways?

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May 25th last I saw, with the 5gb GTX780 (aka Titan LE) being in the $550 to $650 range

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titan le will be less powerful than orginal Titan ?

and amd equal will be 7990?
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grabbed a 680 FTW 4 GB.. hope i don't regret waiting for 700 series!! only paid 458 though so oh well. when does the new series come out anyways?

Heck of a deal there if that was new, nice!

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titan le will be less powerful than orginal Titan ?

and amd equal will be 7990?

Yeah, most likely slower clock speeds and 1gb less ram. I would say the LE means Light Edition, but it's still a single gpu card. the 7990 is a dual gpu. The Radeon 8000's are supposed to be out late summer early fall according to current estimates.

EDIT: Current estimate is that the GTX780 will be about 15% less powerfull than the Titan and cost in the range of $550-650 depending on branding and factory overclocks etc.

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EDIT: Current estimate is that the GTX780 will be about 15% less powerfull than the Titan and cost in the range of $550-650 depending on branding and factory overclocks etc.

will it still be better than a 680? I wonder if 690/680 prices will ever drop
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I found a lightly used 680 with 2 years left on the warranty on Craigslist for $325. Guy actually had two for that price but I could only afford to get one at the time.
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will it still be better than a 680? I wonder if 690/680 prices will ever drop

There's no doubt it will be better than a 680. The clocks will be faster and it will have more VRAM, that's a given. A 680 will be just below a 770. the GTX770 is supposed to be a 4gb card that's about 15% better than the 680.

I don't forsee the 690 dropping anytime soon as it's a dual gpu card.

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Speaking of the gtx680 and 770check this out on flashing your card.
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Speaking of the gtx680 and 770check this out on flashing your card.

Heh, so it's just a custom BIOS and an INF that renames it to trick your comp into thinking it's a 770, while having similar performance, funny lol.

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GTX 780 is out.
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Yeah I'm waiting on a few more non stock cooled options before I decide. I like the benchmarks I see so far.

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Wish the price was more around $499, but yeah future looks nice.
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Doesn't 3GB of RAM seem kind of light for a high-end card especially compared to the 8GB available in next-gen consoles?

My next GPU will have 4GB at a minimum. I think that will be the sweet spot to max out next-gen games.

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Doesn't 3GB of RAM seem kind of light for a high-end card especially compared to the 8GB available in next-gen consoles?

My next GPU will have 4GB at a minimum. I think that will be the sweet spot to max out next-gen games.

Yeah, I think its just a little bit light, especially if you want to keep the card for a while. Next gen consoles will have 8GB, but with 1-2GB reserved for the OS, and another 2-3GB of the games will use system memory....3GB is prob a GB too low to be sure you can max textures out, 4GB should be just right, 5-6GB should give you plenty of breathing room. I don't think you'll have to give up that much with 3GB for the next year or two though. But yeah, if I was concerned with future proofing, I'd probably wait for at least a 4GB card.

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Yeah, I think its just a little bit light, especially if you want to keep the card for a while. Next gen consoles will have 8GB, but with 1-2GB reserved for the OS, and another 2-3GB of the games will use system memory....3GB is prob a GB too low to be sure you can max textures out, 4GB should be just right, 5-6GB should give you plenty of breathing room. I don't think you'll have to give up that much with 3GB for the next year or two though. But yeah, if I was concerned with future proofing, I'd probably wait for at least a 4GB card.

I have a feeling we won't see many games demanding more than 2GB until developers retire support for current-gen consoles and start developing exclusively for next-gen. I look at the most demanding current-gen games like Crysis 3 and Metro Last Light which look amazing and they do not require more than 2GB of VRAM.

Here's hoping my GTX 670's last me a few more years smile.gif

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I have a feeling we won't see many games demanding more than 2GB until developers retire support for current-gen consoles and start developing exclusively for next-gen. I look at the most demanding current-gen games like Crysis 3 and Metro Last Light which look amazing and they do not require more than 2GB of VRAM.

Here's hoping my GTX 670's last me a few more years smile.gif

Base games don't and won't require more than 2gb, but once you start modding games.... Ive seen some crazy screenshots from modded Skyrim with VRAM usage pushing nearly 4gb.

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I have a feeling we won't see many games demanding more than 2GB until developers retire support for current-gen consoles and start developing exclusively for next-gen. I look at the most demanding current-gen games like Crysis 3 and Metro Last Light which look amazing and they do not require more than 2GB of VRAM.

Here's hoping my GTX 670's last me a few more years smile.gif

Yeah....hard to say right now. I think there's going to be two big jumps due to the consoles. The first will be the VRAM usage....I still think its coming pretty quickly, but in the end, it'll be non-essential. Textures are already crazy sharp as they are now. A game might use 4GB of VRAM, but the actual visual difference probably wont be too dramatic dropping down to the 2GB version. Arguably the bigger concern is when they start really pushing the compute stuff. Current cards are pretty good at it, but they still have to overcome the efficiency advantage the consoles have with brute force. I think devs will find ways to tax the GPU for compute tasks in all new ways....you can see how the TressFX in Tomb Raider brings current cards to their knees, and there's going to be so much more of that really soon. And PC gamers are also going to expect to run at 60-120fps all the while the compute is hammering the card, which will require even more VRAM due to redundancy with system memory if the CPU and GPU are collaborating....that 670 might not last as long as you'd hope if you're a max out all the settings kind of guy.

I've heard rumors Nvidia is planning to add CPU cores onto their GPUs in order to accelerate compute....that might be something to watch out for.

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Yeah....hard to say right now. I think there's going to be two big jumps due to the consoles. The first will be the VRAM usage....I still think its coming pretty quickly, but in the end, it'll be non-essential. Textures are already crazy sharp as they are now. A game might use 4GB of VRAM, but the actual visual difference probably wont be too dramatic dropping down to the 2GB version. Arguably the bigger concern is when they start really pushing the compute stuff. Current cards are pretty good at it, but they still have to overcome the efficiency advantage the consoles have with brute force. I think devs will find ways to tax the GPU for compute tasks in all new ways....you can see how the TressFX in Tomb Raider brings current cards to their knees, and there's going to be so much more of that really soon. And PC gamers are also going to expect to run at 60-120fps all the while the compute is hammering the card, which will require even more VRAM due to redundancy with system memory if the CPU and GPU are collaborating....that 670 might not last as long as you'd hope if you're a max out all the settings kind of guy.

I've heard rumors Nvidia is planning to add CPU cores onto their GPUs in order to accelerate compute....that might be something to watch out for.

I typically run with minimal AA which goes a long way towards reducing VRAM usage. I don't notice much difference with higher levels of AA so the performance trade-off is not worth it for me.

I feel pretty confident I will be able to run the games coming out this fall at max settings with my current setup. I'm considering buying a PS4 at launch if the exclusives look good enough. I would prefer to keep using my PC for multi-platform titles. I have no problem upgrading my GPU sometime next year as games demand. Just waiting for the right AAA title to come along and give me that incentive smile.gif

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The 770s are out and cheaper than the 680s, and faster. Just a little longer. I'm waiting on either an ASUS top or 4g version.

Decided against the 780. Too rich for my blood. I might then get a new monitor as well. Waffling all over the place on monitors.

I missed a deal on amazon for the 27" Asus PLS for $617. I think it was only that price for a couple hours.

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I picked up an MSI GTX 780 tonight, if anybody is interested in a mint MSI 680 OC TwinFrozr III along with Metro Last Light plus the $150 Free2Play bundle and retail disc of Batman Arkham City shoot me a PM ($380 shipped in cont. USA only/PayPal verified only). wink.gif

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I've been seriously thinking of picking up a 780 myself, and would love to hear your feedback, especially one comparing to a twin fozer.. Don't hold back.
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The GTX 770 is $400. A GTX 680 at $380 is a terrible deal.
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I've been seriously thinking of picking up a 780 myself, and would love to hear your feedback, especially one comparing to a twin fozer.. Don't hold back.

Honestly I may just be returning it, still undecided if it is worth the added expense over the 680.

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The GTX 770 is $400. A GTX 680 at $380 is a terrible deal.

Bitter much...

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Yes, the 680 is the same card as the 770 (with a bios swap).

However my mint card is $40 less than the same card at Newegg and maybe someone wants to add another identical card for SLi so calling it a terrible deal is just your opinion, saving a little $ might just hold more value to someone else (plus I am adding in the Free2Play $150 bundle which may be of value to someone that plays those games). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127672

Heck I'll toss in the retail (disc version) for Batman Arkham City (which is a great Nvidia PhysX game).

Still a terrible deal though, right dlj, because I am the one that posted it and you are obviously attempting retaliation for calling you on but a small sampling of your know-it-all (rude) posts.

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