Looking to buy a new Video Card.. Need infos

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  1. BulletTheory

    BulletTheory Forgiveness is a Six Gun

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    My build is in my signature. I7 2600k @ 4.4ghz, 8Gb of ram and intel SSD. My GTX580 is getting old and I would like a new one..

    Would my pc specs would bottleneck a newer generation of videocard?
    Should I go with a GTX 970 for a AMD 280?

    Help me, its been a while since Ive been here :(
     
  2. IvanV

    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    If money is not an issue, a 970 is certainly a more powerful card. A 290 might be worth considering, depending on the price.
     
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    Yup, that's what I was about to say, a R9 290 might be just what the doctor ordered, I have one and I love it to pieces.
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    I have no idea about the iX CPUs, no idea what is faster and better and how much better.
    If it is fast enough, I would definitely pick a 970 right now. It can't be beaten IMO.
     
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    the intel i7 1156 socket cpus are still potent... specially paired with the i7 2600k, the pci-ex lanes are more than sufficient and the overall performance is reasonable.

    Shouldn't be bottlenecked even if you are using pci-ex 2.x still.

    Decide on a budget, because really there is no limit to you, also decide based on your power supplies capabilities. What resolution display are you using, will 2GB or 3GB vram be sufficient for you're needs at that given resolution.

    The R9 285 is a pretty nice card, but I've been squatting on a HD7750 1gb for the time being simply due to hoping a 285x 4gb model of the card arrives sometime soon, (doesn't look like it since apple appears to have taken all the tonga xt gpus for their own machines).

    The R9 290's have dropped considerably too. And we don't know when the Nvidia 960's will arrive as they've been delayed once again.
     
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    BulletTheory Forgiveness is a Six Gun

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    Alright good. Im planning to change the videocard only. Ill be gaming BF4 mostly @ 1920x1280 60hz. I wanna get 60fps constant with ultra setting.
    The 580 is giving me ~35fps on High atm.
     
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    ATI announced the release of the 8GB 290 and 290x models soon which may or may include some updated silicon in a fashion perhaps...
     
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    Takaharu Unus offa, unus iuguolo

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    The question was for a 2600K with a GTX 970 or AMD 280. Where does 1156 come in o_O

    Due to personal bad experiences with modern AMD cards and reports of FPS spikes and troughs I'm more inclined to go with Nvidia for gaming and AMD for media playback (AMD cards seem to scale better on TVs). EVGA is my personal preference for Nvidia and Sapphire for AMD.
    So, yeah, GTX 970.
     
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    Sorry I ment 1155 socket, (the 1155 socket cpus in general, the Intel i7 2600k is a intel socket 1155 cpu)

    Most of the spikes and toughs have been sorted out even on the xfire side, and though NVidia hasn't shown it either in most cases, having had both quite heavily used too on 4k displays, the R9 AMD cards have given me about the least amount of problem specially at high resolution, it's even better at lower res.
     
  10. BulletTheory

    BulletTheory Forgiveness is a Six Gun

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    Great thanks for the infos guys. Ill wait in december for some deals on newegg or ncix. Ill probable get a GTX 970 FTW from EVGA.
     
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    I'm running an i7-875K (stock) with an MSI Gaming 4G GTX 970, and of the games I've tried I can run everything on ultra without a hiccup. Haven't tried COD: AW yet (tomorrow), but BF4 runs smooth on Ultra setting, although I can't go past 100% Resolution Scaling otherwise it starts slowing down (@ 200% it stutters).

    Oh, and stay away from EVGA cards for the moment. Their cards have the highest reported cases of coil whine so far. I'd stick with MSI Gaming 4G (same card I have) or the Gaming Gold when it comes out (supposedly all copper heatsink + backplate), Zotac AMP, Gigabyte G1 (highest rated card so far), or Asus Strix.
     
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    Well, the order is done. Gigabyte G1 GTX 970 is on the way. Thanks for the help guys
     
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    Good choice. It's a really good card.

    I just hope that you took the length of the card into account, and that it'll fit your case (it's over 12" long).
     
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    My GTX580 Matrix was 11.5" and the Gigabyte is 12.2". My case is big enough :D
     

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