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    Upgrading GPU in the fall

    I just recently upgraded my MoBo and Processor from a AMD Phenom II quad and a cheap 80$ budget motherboard to an i5-3570k with a $230~ z77 MoBo a month ago, and already I wanted to upgrade the GPU to a PCI-E 3 graphics card. I know where the prices are for the cards, but I currently have a 560 GTX (not TI) installed and I wanted to make myself a little future proof. Depending on the circumstances, I could get two cards and SLI, but currently I am only looking at one.

    My question is, which of the current PCI-E x3 cards are the best on the market currently?

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    Pretty much for nVidia, the 670 would be your best bet. The 680 and 690 are great, but expensive, and also expensive to upgrade later.

    It's easier to spend $350 every two years, than $600 every three years. Costs less, and you have less technology gaps. And the 670 is a beast of a card, unless you're doing something silly like triple monitors at max resolution playing crysis 15.

    EDIT: Keep in mind that PCI-E 3.0 has no relevance in the market, as far as I'm aware, as there aren't any cards that as of yet that saturate the PCI-E 2.0 bandwidth line. A "PCIE2" 670 would be no different than a "PCIE3" 670. The technology is simply there, when its ready.
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    GTX 690 is the top card on the market right now, but unless you are willing to drop some serious cash for one like $1,200+ USD for one they are not worth it. A lot of people have been going with the GTX 670 they can easily be OC'd to GTX 680 with little to no stress at all and they are about $150 cheaper than a GTX 680. I currently just bought a GTX 670 for my new build, only thing left is to decide on a case. Haha I am indecisive. Below is a link for benchmarks for high end gpus.
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terranullis View Post
    Sorry to Hijack this thread... but does that mean that a 670 would work with this? http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pro...px?pid=3162#sp
    As far as I've read, PCIE 3 cards are backwards compatible with PCI 2 boards... They're simply putting out PCIE 3 boards NOW, so when we get actual, real PCI E 3 cards that NEED it, you already have the board, instead of having to upgrade. It's actually a good idea, for once.

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