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Upgrading graphics; what should I get?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Flenix, May 20, 2016.

  1. Flenix

    Flenix Active Member

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    Hey all! Long time follower of eTeknix, but not really post here much before.

    I'm looking for some advice with what graphics card to get. Currently I'm using a Radeon 7950 which is a tad outdated, and on its way out too (screens keep flickering etc).

    I'm wanting to get a Virtual Reality rig set up, so upgrading is essential. The question is, what should I go with?

    Rest of my system is an i7 5820k (Not overclocked or anything), 32gb DDR4 RAM, and I run two DP monitors at 1920x1080 - but would eventually like to add a third.

    Other than VR, it'd be nice to run current games at relatively good settings. Ideally I want something that will keep me going for a long time and won't be instantly outdated - I'm not the kind of person who obsesses over every tiny graphic detail (I grew up with console games...), so as long as I have a good framerate I'm happy. VR is the essential though as I plan to develop for it too.

    Budget wise I don't want to go too OTT, probably around the £400 mark tops but if there's a significant difference for a small amount more, I'll go a little over. I'm happy to buy used so long as it'd do the job well (I know there's the new GTX 1080 coming out soon so figure some people might be selling recent cards to buy it?)

    Any help much appreciated. I've been building my own basic PCs since I was about 12 but graphics cards have always just confused me a little!
     
  2. Djolovicl

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    Not only has Nvidia released their new line of cards, AMD will do it soon, so this is the worst time to look for a video card. I would say wait for AMD to release what they have and wait for another 3 or 4 for prices to drop, all the benchmarks to come out and stable versions of drivers to be released.
     
  3. Flenix

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    3 to 4 as in months? If I wait until then, surely more cards will be on the horizon that I might as well wait for too?
    I've been putting off a new card for quite a while, I can probably wait until end of June (give me a bit more time to save up I suppose, but I'm planning on ordering my Vive by then) but my current card is on its last legs :p
     
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    If you want to invest into VR i would wait for AMD's big chips. I don't think the pascal is better in fine-grained preemption than the maxwell was so for vr amd is still better.
     
  5. Jinja_Ninja

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    Wait for vega then decide
     
  6. John Smith

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    Guessing you already got something given that it's December but hey, why not wait longer for vega if you didn't :)
     
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    vega.........
     
  8. Richard Field

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    I would get 1070 they seem the best option right now
     
  9. Harry11x

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    I'm waiting on prices to drop myself, got my eye on a 1070 if drop enough or a rx 480 would be great, but I can wait my r9 380 isn't that bad yet, and runs all my games great.
     
  10. Farcas Robert

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    1070 is the best choice i think
     
  11. Alvin D

    Alvin D New Member

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    AFAIK, anything that's RX 480 or above is good for VR in terms of AMD's side. For Nvidia, anything that's 1070 or above would be good. I heard 1060 is okay but 1070 is a safe pick.
     
  12. Harry11x

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    yah id get a 1070 or a very good 1060 but if you cant afford those the RX 480 will be dropping in price soon.
     
  13. RollsRoyce89

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    1050 Ti is fine as well if you are in tight budget and it uses very low power consumption.
     

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