Best Graphics Cards Worth Getting


  1. Rolo42

    Rolo42 Well-Known Member

    I would go with the 670 for the price difference; for
  2. Mehta23

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  3. Mehta23

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    With nvidia's Adaptive V Sync, if you get below 60fps, it turns it off....

    So instead of 60,60,30,30
    You'll get 60,60, 58,57...


    (As is my understanding...)
  4. Rolo42

    Rolo42 Well-Known Member

    That is correct and I have tried it but I absolutely loathe tearing; it's more distracting than 30 FPS.

    I wouldn't lose any sleep over the GPU fan types. My 580 fans make a noise at high-speed; I'm hoping a good cleaning will fix it; otherwise, they need replacing (if I want to run them that fast, which I doubt I will, even folding 24/7). My 260 blower still works well and those fans do seem more resilient.

    I bought our GTX260s Aug 2008 and replaced them with 580s Feb 2011 (2-1/2 yrs) and they were a nice upgrade. I'll be looking at GK114-based cards (Kepler refresh, GTX780) probably 2013Q2-Q3, ~2-1/2 yrs. from getting the 580. The 660Ti performs almost identically to my 580 and the 670/680 aren't worth the cost for such a small upgrade.
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    To just clarify ... you meant the 670 isn't a worthy upgrade for you ?

    So would the fan type on the GPU make any difference worth it?

    Also, when I said I want my GPU to last around 3-5 years at the max ... I meant before needing low graphics/ being unable to use it .)


    Also , my monitor came today !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. Rolo42

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    Yes, for me, it isn't worth upgrading at this time--and I even thought of just getting the wife a 660Ti or better and putting her 580 with mine but that just feels like sending good money after bad but I haven't ruled it out (I'll see what's what after Kepler refresh is released if I can't wait until Maxwell).

    My point is to plan on buying about every other generation and to buy top-tier (x70 or better) and you should be good until Maxwell refresh.
  7. Mehta23

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    What kind of games do you play and at what details?
    Just before a upgrade, roughly what would you have to play on, on the older card...?
    Not sure if that makes sense...

    E. G.
    If you have a 470, playing on high graphics.... You might upgrade to a 680, but by that time, the 470 would only manage low graphics etc...
  8. Ballymoss

    Ballymoss Well-Known Member

    Personally I am playing Battlefield 3 on Ultra settings with my XFX Radeon 7950. Runs sweet as a nut. :D
  9. Rolo42

    Rolo42 Well-Known Member

    At the moment:

    Guild Wars 2 (high settings sans reflections, which will kill any card)

    Skyrim (maxed + AO in control panel)

    Diablo III, maxed + AO
  10. Mehta23

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    Yeah... I think I'll get the 670 signature as 10 quid isn't much for the cooler temps and easier cleaning as you said.
    I'll think about upgrading when I have to move to medium graphics... And then make the move when I get to low :-D
  11. Rolo42

    Rolo42 Well-Known Member

    Sounds about right!
  12. Mehta23

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    How much longer do you reckon a 670 will last compared to a 660Ti?

    Like the jump from high to medium / low graphics...
  13. Mehta23

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    My money is no win my account !

    :D

    I have enough to get a GPU. I wantn to just quickly order that 670 , but for some reason , I can't bring my self to do it...

    But yeah , how much longer do you reckon a 670 will last compared to that 660Ti?
  14. Rolo42

    Rolo42 Well-Known Member

    The Prophetron 5000 says 6-18 months longer.

    :D

    See my post in the EVGA thread of yours, same topic. :p

    I would consider a cheaper/discounted 580 over the 660Ti (same performance). Would you buy a 580 right now? If not, then don't buy the 660Ti.
  15. Mehta23

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    Your on the evga forums too?

    ...
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    ^^^ this is probably the best deal right now...

    We are everywhere :p
  17. Mehta23

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    Genuinely freaked out now....

    Here the 580 is the same price as the 680.
  18. Mehta23

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    Now this question is getting ridiculous.
    Found a pre owned 580 here :
    : http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=271093469766

    How much better is a 670 over a 580
    - in performance and on longevity.

    The evga 670 is £290, ftw is £30p, ftw sig 2 is 310.
    The 660Ti is £225.
    The 580 is around £200-240
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    I'm less freaked out as I hadn't seen that comment, or you.

    I see what you mean. I probably should. But like, I subconsciously just want the best card available, and my brain (damn you brain) is thinking about the best price/performance.
  20. Slug

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    What's the spec of the system it's going into e.g. CPU, memory, mainboard? The best-performing GPU on the market will still perform like a three-legged dog with arthritis if the rest of the rig doesn't allow it the necessary bandwidth.

    Better to build a balanced system that satisfies your needs now, than blow money on something that will need more expenditure further down the line to justify itself.
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    i5 3750k (may overclock)
    Asus P8z77 V-LX
    8GB Corsair Vengeance now @ 1600
    Corsair TX750 V2
    Windows 7 64 bit
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  22. Mehta23

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    Exactly what my brain is thinking.
  23. Rolo42

    Rolo42 Well-Known Member

    95% of the time, your GPU will be the bottleneck (100% at maxed settings).

    And overclock the K!
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  24. Ballymoss

    Ballymoss Well-Known Member

    When you build your PC, I suggest you don't install Windows 8 on it. :mad:
  25. Mehta23

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    I don't really know what this means Well , I know what it means , but , even with a 580/660Ti, there's not gonna be much of a bottle neck , no?

    I've already built it :) Just in need of a GPU and maybe an extra case fan.
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