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Old May 28, 2013, 10:05 PM
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Greetings my fellow Canucks!

I've been a long time reader of the site and decided to finally register to the community.
Anyways, I'm looking for some help in a decision.

Later this summer I will be building a new system, built around the i7-3770k.
I managed to pick one up for $105 via the Intel Retail Edge program.

I'm currently running an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 in the Asus Rampage Formula mobo, 6GB of DDR2 ram, Antec 750W PS and an XFX 1GB Radeon HD 5770. It's been a very solid system for the past 5-6 years.

It will still handle almost everything I throw at it, but lately I notice I have to turn down the graphics settings in newer games and the fan ramps up to sound like a jet engine.

So I would like to buy the video card for my upcoming system, so I can use it on my current until I have all the parts for the new build.

I'm looking at a budget of $300-400, but I don't mind going up to $450 if necessary, but I would prefer to keep it below $400.

I don't have a preference between Radeon or GeForce. I've just been using Radeon for most of my gaming life. (I think the 8800 was the only GeForce I've ever owned.. oh wait.. the 5200 as well.)

As for what I'm playing.. Borderlands 2, Bioshock Infinite, Minecraft, League of Legends, Tera.. hmm.. and pretty much anything else that's new or upcoming.

Sorry for the small novel of details, just thought I would as detailed as possible.
Thanks in advance HWC!

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Old May 29, 2013, 06:25 AM
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If you're playing at 1920x1200 then the ASUS GTX660Ti DCuII is a very solid choice. And at $314.99 it's well within your budget.

If you want to stretch your budget just for the sake of it, the ASUS GTX670 DCuII will give a slight boost in performance over the 660Ti. Not sure the boost is worth the $80 increase, but HEY, it's all in how you can justify it to yourself.
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Old May 29, 2013, 06:44 AM
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If you're playing at 1920x1200 then the ASUS GTX660Ti DCuII is a very solid choice. And at $314.99 it's well within your budget.

If you want to stretch your budget just for the sake of it, the ASUS GTX670 DCuII will give a slight boost in performance over the 660Ti. Not sure the boost is worth the $80 increase, but HEY, it's all in how you can justify it to yourself.
I second this. But I think, if you can stomach it, you should wait to do a complete build with your Core i7 3770K with a better card, say GTX 680 or GTX 770 (revamped GTX 680) and be set for the next however many years.
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Second the wait and see what the 7xx brings over the next few weeks and at what price.. may see some good sales if nothing else when stock lands
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I disagree with buying a 6xx series card right now. The 770, and other "lesser" geforce cards are on the horizon.

Personally I am crossing my fingers that a GTX 770 REALLY is a rebadged and overclocked GTX 680 for around 400 bucks. That would be an amazing deal.
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Old May 29, 2013, 03:44 PM
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Thanks for the advice everyone.

I've decided to wait a bit and see what happens with the series of cards.
Plus AMD could reveal some details on the 8000 series.

Although, I was able to find an Asus 4GB 680 for $500..
But we shall see what the immediate future brings us shortly.
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Good call. Either wait for them to be released to buy one, or to get a 660Ti/670 for a cheaper price because of the release.
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Thanks for the advice everyone.

I've decided to wait a bit and see what happens with the series of cards.
Plus AMD could reveal some details on the 8000 series.

Although, I was able to find an Asus 4GB 680 for $500..
But we shall see what the immediate future brings us shortly.
Waiting for the GTX 770 release is a pretty good idea (and possibly 760)... waiting for the AMD 8xxx series is a waste of time (they said they weren't doing anything till December or something). Unless you are playing multi-monitor resolution, you'll be hard pressed to see 4GB pay off over 2GB vram. You can get (in Canada) a new 680 for about $500 after shipping and tax or a used one for sub $400 and the card has only been on the market for about 1 year, so buying a used one is not a bad option at all (especially if they just bought a 780 and need to sell their 680 ;) )
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From the various leaks I've seen on other sites, the GTX770 should be roughly $400 (40,000 yen was the leaked price) and beat the GTX680, so if $400 is your budget, you should definitely wait.
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Yep,the 780 is really too expensive,but the 770 should be more interesting.
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