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Want to move from AMD to Nvidia, will prices drop?

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Hello, I want to upgrade my GPU sometime this year most likely. I've never really followed Nvidia pricing trends so I don't know what to expect out of these new cards. I've been using a 5850 for the past couple of years and really want to move on to Nvidia seeing as I've been hearing drivers for these cards are much more reliable. The fact that just more games seem to be optimized for Nvidia (BF3, Arkham City, any Crysis) has made this decision a lot more clear cut then it was a few years ago. What's always turned me off from Nvidia products however, is the price. I payed $300 for my 5850, and that's always where I've drawn the line for GPU upgrades. With the release of the GTX 670 though, I might be willing to give a little bit more, seeing as how I really want one.

 

I had been reading reviews on the 570 before hand until I discovered the 670 was just released. One review said the 570 released at $350. Now they are at $300. The 670 released at ~$400 and of course, hasn't moved yet. Can we expect it to? If so, by how much? I would think it would be at least $50, if not more. Only basing that on it's predecessors price range though, and that might be irrelevant since I've heard fewer cutbacks were taken to the 670 from it's big brother the 680 than the 570 to the 580. If, or rather when(?) the card takes a price dive, how long can we expect that to be? A few months? A year? It seems to me that $350 is the sweet spot for this card, but that might be reaching to some people. Can some of you Nvidia vets tell me your predictions on this topic, so that I might pinpoint a smart time to by one? $400 just itches me the wrong way to be honest. It's at that price point that I get that little voice in my head. His name is doubt. He tells me I should just wait for DX 11.1 cards. Or that it's not enough bang for buck. Maybe even tells me that there are better things to buy. I don't like him, but he shows up whenever I see a high dollar amount. So help me out guys. I sure need it.

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Prices always go down. What can't you run smoothly with the 5850 though?

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Prices always go down. What can't you run smoothly with the 5850 though?

A lot of things O.o Well I guess that's a relevant term though. I think of "smoothly" as running games on mostly ultra settings at ~45-60 FPS. The 5850 was fine for me until I upgraded my monitor from 1440x900 to a full 1920x1080. I had to turn down almost all my settings on BF3 to high and even some things just turned off to run it at the newer resolution the same way I ran it on the older res. Same with Crysis 2 though not to such an extent. Multiplayer in BF3 is a lot tougher to run for me than single player in Cry 2. I don't even want to try to run Arkham City at 1080p considering my card struggled with that even at the lower res. I knew with the higher res I'd probably have to shell out more cash for beefier cards, but $400 still seems a bit high to me. To explain further I'll list my core parts.

 

RAM: G.skill 1600 Mhz @ 1866

CPU: i5 2500k @ 4.6

 

So yea, I don't think any of those would be bottlenecking the card. At least that's highly, highly doubtful. Do you have any expereince with the 5850? Or were you just assuming it's a stronger card than it is?

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Trying to run everything at Ultra/max settings is a great way to go bankrupt. :lol:

 

My 5970 is pretty much two 5870s and I've done some testing with Crossfire forced off. If you're playing with tessellation enabled you could try forcing a lower tessellation level in the Catalyst drivers. I know it drags down the 5 series a lot more than the newer cards.

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Trying to run everything at Ultra/max settings is a great way to go bankrupt. :lol:

 

My 5970 is pretty much two 5870s and I've done some testing with Crossfire forced off.

Lol yea, tru dat, I guess I've just been spoiled by being able to do that with my much lower res screen. 1080p is hardcore, and I should get used to not being able able to max out most games.

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Trying to run everything at Ultra/max settings is a great way to go bankrupt. :lol:

 

+1000000

I had two 7970's to max out everything at 1080p :P

 

I'd wait for prices to come down and get a GTX670.

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You could always overclock your GPU if you didn't already.

 

It made some difference in my 9600 GT 1GB in Skyrim. :P

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You could always overclock your GPU if you didn't already.

 

It made some difference in my 9600 GT 1GB in Skyrim. :P

Yea of course, it's Oced all the way up and always has been.

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I want upgrade from my 6950 to a 7950 or a GTX 670, Just waiting to see which one comes down in price first. It should be the 7950, because it's slower.

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I want upgrade from my 6950 to a 7950 or a GTX 670, Just waiting to see which one comes down in price first. It should be the 7950, because it's slower.

Is that big enough of an upgrade?? Other then efficiency, the performance increases wouldn't be earth shattering

 

I can't wait for the 660 to come out

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Do you 'really' need to change your present graphics card?

think!

 

I didn't realized this place turned into Budget Clockers Club. :teehee: I can run pretty much run any game maxed out on my [email protected] at the moment, so that would be a nice cheap upgrade especially since used ones are under $200.

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