I've got a couple of computer questions and since I follow this site fairly often and it seems like most of the people here have valuable information I figured it'd be a good place to ask.
Video Card? This upcoming summer I am looking to get a new video card, currently i have a HD 5570, so almost anything is an upgrade . Originally I planned to get a GTX 670, more specifically this one, "GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB" (from newegg, can't post links yet). But the closer summer gets, the more I read up on video cards, and the more I rethink that choice. Firstly, Nvidia or AMD. Currently I have a 1680x1050 monitor which I use for most of my gaming, and a 1080p HDTV which I occasionally use as a second monitor when I'm not watching TV (or really want to play a game in 1920x1080). This summer I plan to replace the 1680x1050 monitor with a 1920x1080(or higher) one (might just keep the 1680x1050 as a third monitor if I can't find some one that wants it). I don't plan to play any games across multiple monitors, just play a game on one screen with netflix or youtube running on the other. I mostly just play WoW and other MMO's or whatever game that Steam drops a good sale on (which come to think of it is more games than I realize). And from what I understand AMD video cards typically have a higher memory size/interface for equal price(but lower quality/clock speed), will going with an HD 7970 (or similar) yield me better results than a 670 or 680? Note: I have a 800 W or so power supply, so unless I SLI I shouldnt run into an issue there, but SLI isn't out of the question if the benefits are deemed to outweigh the cost. Also, I notice the range of cards with a specific GPU (gtx 670, 680, HD 7970, etc.) range quite a bit. For example it seems the majority of the cost difference between the 670 and 680 come from 2gb to 4gb, but looking at newegg's lists, it seems the 670 and 680 both can have 2gb or 4gb, will a higher end 670 outperform a lower end 680? I also heard from a friend, that he seems to have better performance at lower temperatures than slight overclocks(based on his personal experience), is it true that the temperature affects performance to a noticeable amount? Should I value a video card with 3 fans more than one with a slightly increased core clock? Lastly, I don't keep track of the next-gen video cards too much, but are either AMD or Nvidia close to releasing a new and improved GPU, and will it lower prices of the current ones, allowing me to snag a deal? Or is the "next big thing" going to blow all others out of the water and it will be worth the price/wait?
Too long not going to read? Which GPU should I get, which differences between brands in same GPU's should I look for, and when is a good time to buy?
FPS Issues: Recently when doing a Stormtstout Brewery Gold challenge mode, and having to make massive pulls of 50+ monkeys or bunny-things (forget their names) and kite them in circles I start getting low FPS. From my basic understanding of computers I had thought that this was an issue caused by Skada/Recount collect so much data that the CPU can't handle it. But with a i5 3570k at 4.3Ghz and 8gb of 1866 Ram, I didn't figure this should be a problem. And if you read the video card section I mentioned I have a HD 5570. So is the video card causing these issues, or am i overestimating the power of the 3570k?
New monitor? This summer I am also looking to get a new monitor (preferable about 23" and atleast 1920x1080). Any suggestions on brands or models? Is it worth going to a 2560x1440 one or would a high quality IPS one be better? Typically I would go to BestBuy or Amazon for something like these, are these my best options, or is there better?
Lastly, any news on anyone with plans to come out with the next big thing for computers? Should I start saving up to build a computer around a 32 core processor? (Obviously a little over-exaggerated, but you get the point)
Thanks anyone ahead of time for any responses.
P.S. I wrote this as a way to procrastinate from writing a essay paper, but reading back over it, it seems I wrote an essay anyways, sorry for the long winded-ness.