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Old March 30, 2012, 09:05 AM
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Hello all,

As you can all see im new here and looking for more qualified opinions on what to do for my gaming build.

So my budget is roughly $550 (just for my gfx card).
Now i play bf3 and all that so any card will definately be used although im only running 1080p so vrams not a huge thing for me.
Paired with a 2500k and gigabyte z68 ud3h in a 600T with a H60 and an aload of fans, so internal/external exhaust coolers dont phase me. + either 800 or 850 watt PSU

ATM im tossing up between;

evga reference gtx 570 (not the ugly HD one) $290
Galaxy gtx580 with the sexy artic cooler on it, so was hoping to get a decent OC on that $370
gtx 680 $500 but as you all know sold the out. (anything but a zotac (ewwww orange))


I suppose the question is, is future-proofing really worth it? and how long can i expect a 680 to last? (if i can get lets say 3 years out of a 500 series card).

thanks for your time
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Old March 30, 2012, 09:09 AM
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If you are in the market for a new GPU and your current GPU cant be crossfired or SLI'd and meet 580 or 680 performance, then I would say go for 680 regardless either its for future proof or not.

Just my opinion.
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Old March 30, 2012, 09:15 AM
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The 570 will run BF3 at 1080p no problems. See the first chart here: AMD Radeon HD 7870 & HD 7850 Review The 580 will run it better and the 680 will kill it as seen here: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Review

As for future-proofing, I always recommend that people buy the fastest single GPU they can afford. That gives the option of a multi-card setup down the road. In your case I'd probably wait for the 680 to come back into stock.
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Old March 30, 2012, 09:17 AM
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Well my current system Ive sold and its a 5770 anyway... so not an option there (this is a complete new build btw) oh and also a 680 wouldnt bottleneck on a 2500k would it? i picked up the mobo cheap so im not too keen on going very far past 4ghz for longevity reasons, but yea the 680s looking pretty good, if can actually get one. thanks
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Old March 30, 2012, 09:20 AM
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I would say it would handle it no probs, perhaps a bit of overclock ease everything out, but if you SLI that thing in the future I think it would get bottlenecked by the CPU.

*Im not expert when it comes to GPU so please someone correct me if Im wrong
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Old March 30, 2012, 11:11 AM
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I got the EVGA GTX 680 on Monday and love it

was rocking a GTX480 for a year (upgraded the cooling to the Arctic Cooling Accelero Extreme Plus II), then gave it to my wife; I pulled out her HD5870 and CrossFired it with the other spare 5870 I had laying around while waiting for the 680 to come out :)

awesome single GPU card -- didn't want the HD7970/50 and glad I stuck with Nvidia

GTX680 is future proof, and it will power any games for the forseeable future....with a $500 budget go for it (if you can find one)
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Old March 30, 2012, 11:50 AM
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I got the EVGA GTX 680 on Monday and love it

was rocking a GTX480 for a year (upgraded the cooling to the Arctic Cooling Accelero Extreme Plus II), then gave it to my wife; I pulled out her HD5870 and CrossFired it with the other spare 5870 I had laying around while waiting for the 680 to come out :)

awesome single GPU card -- didn't want the HD7970/50 and glad I stuck with Nvidia

GTX680 is future proof, and it will power any games for the forseeable future....with a $500 budget go for it (if you can find one)
You can't get the 680 and not love it
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If money is not an issue than the 680 would be my vote. If you would like to keep cost down then a 570 or wait for the rest of the gtx 600 series to come out.
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Old March 30, 2012, 12:05 PM
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Theres a 580 lightning onthe bst for 360
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Old March 30, 2012, 01:46 PM
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I have a 580 right now and I run BF3 nearly maxed at 1920x1200. I assume the 570 can do 1080p no problem and with a lot of people looking to sell their cards now is a good time to buy. I'll probably be selling my 580 soon actually.
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