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#1 needsata

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 22:17

Want to upgrade, considering future upcoming releases, price reductions all that, how's this price seem or should I wait... indefinitely..?

OR is this a better option all around??

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814161404


http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814133466

PNY VCGGTX660TXPB GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

vs

My consideration a while back for an upgrade

XFX Core Edition FX-785A-ZNL4 Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150642


Everything's gotten too confusing! New architecutres, some numbers going lower in their names but performance is higher, ti's all kinds of stuff.. help?

Thoughts on performance gains in realistic terms?

Thanks

Current Specs:

Graphics Card Manufacturer Powered by AMD
Graphics Chipset AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series
Graphics Bus Capability PCI Express 2.0
Maximum Bus Setting PCI Express 2.0 x16
BIOS Date 2011/05/03
Memory Size 1024 MB
Memory Type GDDR5
Core Clock in MHz 700 MHz
Memory Clock in MHz 1150 MHz
Total Memory Bandwidth in GByte/s 73.6 GByte/s

or

Windows Performance
Processor Intel® Core™ i3 CPU 530 @

2.93GHz
Memory (RAM) 6.00 GB
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series
Gaming graphics 3803 MB Total available graphics memory
Primary hard disk 487GB Free (918GB Total)
Windows 7 Home Premium

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Model SX2840
Total amount of system memory 6.00 GB RAM
System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 2 Storage
Total size of hard disk(s) 2315 GB Disk partition (C:) 487 GB Free (918 GB Total) Disk partition (D:) 1201 GB Free (1397 GB Total)
Display adapter type AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series
Total available graphics memory 3803 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 1024 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 2779 MB
Display adapter driver version 8.961.0.0
Primary monitor resolution 1440x900
DirectX version DirectX 10


#2 +Livin in a box

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 22:27

I'd go for the 660Ti. But if you can wait, you could buy it when nVidia and AMD release their next line of GPU's as it'll save you some money.

#3 Andre S.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 22:31

The 660Ti is overpriced IMO. The sweet spot for value is 100-200$ and the further you deviate from that the less you get for your money. The HD 7870 will serve about as well, and you can save the 50$ difference to upgrade the video card to a newer eventual model sooner. That's my philosophy when it comes to video cards at least. Unless you're running an exceptionally high resolution, there's really no need to opt for the more expensive gpus.

#4 OP needsata

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 22:40

Ugh... Okay I can always wait, but is there any real firm date when the so-called next gen cards will emerge to give me an idea? I've heard something like Q2 earliest...

I'd go for the 660Ti. But if you can wait, you could buy it when nVidia and AMD release their next line of GPU's as it'll save you some money.


Any idea on when the new cards are coming?

#5 OP needsata

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 22:47

The 660Ti is overpriced IMO. The sweet spot for value is 100-200$ and the further you deviate from that the less you get for your money. The HD 7870 will serve about as well, and you can save the 50$ difference to upgrade the video card to a newer eventual model sooner. That's my philosophy when it comes to video cards at least. Unless you're running an exceptionally high resolution, there's really no need to opt for the more expensive gpus.


Your thoughts on THAT specific 7870? I just picked it because it was cheapest. How would you rate it among other similiarly priced 7870s?

Thanks in advance

#6 +Livin in a box

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 23:21

Ugh... Okay I can always wait, but is there any real firm date when the so-called next gen cards will emerge to give me an idea? I've heard something like Q2 earliest...



Any idea on when the new cards are coming?

Before July I would assume.

#7 +Jombi

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 00:10

I'm running dual 7970's right now. Bit expensive, but I'm loving the quality increase in my videos and streams. The 7870's are a good deal too.

#8 DETERMINOLOGY

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 00:11

Wait for the 700 release now is not a good time to buy a 600 series card

#9 Andre S.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 00:15

Your thoughts on THAT specific 7870? I just picked it because it was cheapest. How would you rate it among other similiarly priced 7870s?

Thanks in advance

I have no idea, I'd go by user ratings and professionnal reviews.

#10 mattmatik

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 00:16

I just got my 2x 660 Ti set up and I love it. Your rez is on the lower side, though, so I'd have to agree with Dr_Asik.

#11 Elliot B.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 00:21

<snip> I'm loving the quality increase in my videos and streams.

Elaborate...

#12 OP needsata

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:25

Before July I would assume.

Wait for the 700 release now is not a good time to buy a 600 series card



Alright, thanks.

My current monitor is in need of upgrading, though I have begun using TV monitor 32 in 720p recently (before I busted it) and plan to do so in the future on large screens, 40 inch plus if I'm able to maintain quality.

#13 OP needsata

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:51

I have no idea, I'd go by user ratings and professionnal reviews.


Your thoughts on this:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814161400

7950

#14 Andre S.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:36

Your thoughts on this:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814161400

7950

What I said about the 660Ti: too much money for a gpu.

#15 DETERMINOLOGY

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 13:48

Your thoughts on this:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814161400

7950


Like i said man its not worth getting any current gen card with the new ones coming right around the corner. People now buying 7950/660ti not realizing when the new series comes out they going to sell they card because they should of listened and waited and my opinion if you patient waiting is better with such close of release and rumors should start popping in soon with the gpu technology conf coming up in march..Most def wait



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