Should I buy my gpu now or wait?

  • #1
    I was planning on buying a Radeon HD 7970 for my gaming PC. Should I wait until the next series and get the 8970 or buy now. My budget is tight so if the gpu is $500 (like the 7970 was) at release I can not afford that.. I am leaning more towards buying 7970 now, so should I buy now or wait?
  • #2
    Quote from 888rt

    I was planning on buying a Radeon HD 7970 for my gaming PC. Should I wait until the next series and get the 8970 or buy now. My budget is tight so if the gpu is $500 (like the 7970 was) at release I can not afford that.. I am leaning more towards buying 7970 now, so should I buy now or wait?


    well you should really get a 7950. what do you have now? also the next generation wont be till mid-ish next year
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  • #3
    Quote from Kruzzik_Kel

    well you should really get a 7950. what do you have now? also the next generation wont be till mid-ish next year
    I am building a new pc, with a i5 3570 so I have Intel 4000.
  • #4
    Quote from 888rt

    I am building a new pc, with a i5 3570 so I have Intel 4000.


    if its the locked 3570 rather than the 3570K you should get an Intel Core i5-3450.

    if your going to be running HD4000 get a GPU and as said oyu should go for a 7950 the 7970 is only about 5-10% more powerful for a significant premium. this would be a good one MSI R7950-2PMD3GD5/OC or a Gigabyte GV-R795WF3-3GD
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  • #5
    Quote from Kruzzik_Kel

    if its the locked 3570 rather than the 3570K you should get an Intel Core i5-3450.

    if your going to be running HD4000 get a GPU and as said oyu should go for a 7950 the 7970 is only about 5-10% more powerful for a significant premium. this would be a good one MSI R7950-2PMD3GD5/OC or a Gigabyte GV-R795WF3-3GD
    More like 15-20%

  • #6
    Quote from jppk1

    More like 15-20%



    Fair enough got my percentages wrong still not worth the premium on the card a 7950 will still max any modern games and a minor overclock will bring it up to the same performance as a 7970
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  • #7
    Quote from Kruzzik_Kel

    Fair enough got my percentages wrong still not worth the premium on the card a 7950 will still max any modern games and a minor overclock will bring it up to the same performance as a 7970
    A "minor" overclock will take the 7970 away. It's near equal for price/performance, a 7870 is nearly as fast as the 7950 so I could argue that the 7950 isn't worth it.
  • #8
    Quote from Kruzzik_Kel

    if its the locked 3570 rather than the 3570K you should get an Intel Core i5-3450.

    if your going to be running HD4000 get a GPU and as said oyu should go for a 7950 the 7970 is only about 5-10% more powerful for a significant premium. this would be a good one MSI R7950-2PMD3GD5/OC or a Gigabyte GV-R795WF3-3GD
    Ok both the processors look good. Are there any good 7970 cards?
    Last edited by 888rt: 12/30/2012 6:19:40 PM
  • #9
    I do not plan on overclocking so would the 7970 be better and if so which card?
  • #10
    Quote from 888rt

    I do not plan on overclocking so would the 7970 be better and if so which card?


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  • #11
    Quote from 888rt

    I do not plan on overclocking so would the 7970 be better and if so which card?
    Eh, the 7970 is a high-binned 7950 with a bump in core/mem speeds and another shader or two. I'd say 7950 unless you're doing OpenCL stuff or OCing to GHz specs. I'd recommend the cheapest non-Visiontek, non-Powercolor, non-Diamond 7970/7950 you can find. The HISQ is a good one that's usually on sale.
    Last edited by SM8: 12/30/2012 8:04:52 PM
    i5 4670k @ 4.9GHz - Stock Heatsink - The rest is melted silicon but I think I have a graphics card in there somewhere
    It surprises me how many people on this forum can't read benchmarks.
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