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#1 MindTrickz

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 18:58

Hey guys, I need a little advice on graphics card upgrade. I've been on a mission to future-proof my PC so I can run all the upcoming games such as Witcher 3, Battlefield 4 etcs on their best quality settings. And to ensure that the card holds for about 3 years.

My budget is somewhat limited to the price of the three cards I mentioned in the title, so Titan, GTX 690 and the 780 are out of my price range. The price of those cards are insane in Denmark, and I refuse to fork out that much for a single piece of hardware.

Anyway, My question is whether the GTX 770 which costs about 3100kr(
$482 US dollars) here in Denmark is faster/better enough than the GTX 670 to justify 900kr ($140) price difference. And if so, is the GTX 770 better than the GTX 680? They both cost about the same.

 

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Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz, 8MB
RAM: Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1600MHz 8GB
Cooler: Noctua NH-L12 CPU
PSU: Antec Earthwatts EA 500 watt <----------- I'm upgrading this with the Graphics card.
GFX: EVGA Geforce GTX 460 v2 1GB




#2 Mindovermaster

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 19:00

What PSU are you upgrading to?

 

I'd go with the 770, newest technology, and just a tad better than the 670. (IIRC)



#3 OP MindTrickz

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 19:25

What PSU are you upgrading to?

 

I'd go with the 770, newest technology, and just a tad better than the 670. (IIRC)

 

I was considering the Corsair CX750M. What do you think?

 

Is the 770 faster than the 680?



#4 Mindovermaster

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 19:30

According to this: http://www.videocard...h_end_gpus.html

 

It says the 770 is slightly better than the 680, but they are neck and neck. You'd be happy with either.

 

PSU should be fine ;)



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 19:51

The GTX770 uses the same chip as the GTX680 with the same number of cores enabled (1536) but the 770 has a higher base clock rate, a higher memory clock rate and has GPU Boost 2.0 (which is adaptive clock rate technology meaning long as the chip stays within it's thermal threshold the clock speed will rise).

 

If all 3 are within the budget the GTX770 is best.

 

660<660Ti<760<670<680<770<780<Titan.

 

A good place to compare would be Anandtech's GPU2013 bench site: http://anandtech.com/bench/GPU13/583



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 20:06

Cloudstrife, both videocardbenchmarks and anandtech show the same thing :p



#7 OP MindTrickz

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 20:45

I think I'll go with the 770. To be more precise; the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 770 AMP! Edition

 

It'll be a tight squeeze but it barely fits in my case. The card is MASSIVE.



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 20:49

Yeah, that is. :laugh:



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 20:50

770, Newer and Nicer



#10 OP MindTrickz

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 20:59

Yeah, that is. :laugh:

 

At least for the next 3 years minimum I do not have to worry about my GFX card. It'll be nice. :D



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 21:01

I think I'll go with the 770. To be more precise; the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 770 AMP! Edition

 

It'll be a tight squeeze but it barely fits in my case. The card is MASSIVE.

Don't know about that specific model, but don't pay extra for factory overclocks and nice looking custom coolers. Doesn't matter what the card looks like once it's in your case, and you can easily overclock it yourself (if you really care about the small difference that makes). More important is get a card that's silent and cool. The Gigabyte Windforce, MSI Gaming and ASUS DirectCU II models are very good in this regard.



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 21:44

Don't know about that specific model, but don't pay extra for factory overclocks and nice looking custom coolers. Doesn't matter what the card looks like once it's in your case, and you can easily overclock it yourself (if you really care about the small difference that makes). More important is get a card that's silent and cool. The Gigabyte Windforce, MSI Gaming and ASUS DirectCU II models are very good in this regard.

I agree completely, but the reason I choose that one is because of it's dimensions. All the others ones you mentioned are at least 28.5 to 30 cm in length or 11 inches to 11.8 inches. I do not think they will fit my case, and frankly I rather spend an extra 20 on this factory overclocked card rather than buy a brand new case for $200 which will fit the ones you mentioned.

 

Btw, the above Zotac one is 26.6 cm or 10.4 inches.



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 21:47

FYI, the non-disclosure agreement on the new ATI card benchmarks is lifted next week, so wait until then to make your purchase. If the ATI cards are priced well, you might see significant discounts on Nvidia hardware in the coming weeks.

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 22:16

depending on what resolution you play at,  i am sure you will be happy with either card for a few years.   i have

Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz

Nvidia 670

16 GB ram

 

 

and there has being no game that at 1080p resolution i could not run at absolute max settings!   and i doubt there will be soon.

i am thinking 16gb ram helps too.  but seriously, unless you plan to run at higher then 1080p resolution (or run multiple monitors), you should be fine for a few years.

 

 

so i would save $140 dollars for sure.  almost 50% price premium for a marginal perfomance improvement (definately not 50% improvement)   plus nothing there is even close maxing out 670 if you play at 1080p

 

save $140 now and then (if you feel the need to) upgrade in 2 years instead of 3 to get a much better deal overall.      670 price is a sweet spot now.     no reason to spend more if you are not going to use it.

it wont be futureproof, since the tech evolves soon and going with the best performance/price ratio always makes sense.



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 22:47

If you don't mind waiting a couple of weeks, AMD's new R9 280X is good competitor to the GTX 770.  Best of all, it costs $100 less too.  Anandtech released their review last night along with benchmarks.  It's a solid card, especially at the $299 price point.  I was almost dead set on the GTX 770 as well, but I decided to wait to see what AMD did since it was so close.  I really want the R9 290X (or the R9 290), but I think it will be out of my price range.  Anandtech's review is here: http://www.anandtech...w-feat-asus-xfx