Yo broskis and broskettes - my old 4870x2 has finally given up the ghost, and I think the thing for me to do is just replace the graphics card for now and wait for an ivy bridge upgrade in a year or so for the other parts.
However, I really have not been keeping up with graphics stuff - I have heard rumours of a new type of nvidia card (fermi? idk) coming out soon, suggesting that waiting might be wise there too, but I'm simply not sure.
a) is it worth buying now, or should I wait
b) if I were to buy now, what would probably be the best nvidia card for my buck? I like physx, and after the experience I've had with ati cards I just can't handle any more of their shit
You're looking at a minimum of a GTX 570 (~$280 on Newegg) to see even a minor performance increase from your existing card, by the way. If you're willing to drop $500 (and can find one...) the GTX 680 is the king at the moment. Another option would be to SLI two 560 Tis, but that would probably bring back a lot of the headaches you had with the ATI card.
I might try a gtx680, but it is a little pricey - between£400-500 here. I might just buy one when I'm next in the states.
And as a bonus, I actually have an 800w psu with 2 6-pin pci-e connectors free when i remove the 4870x2. And I already took bolt-cutters to the drive bay to get the 4870x2 in, so I bet I have space in the case.
You may be especially sensitive to microstutter, which is an unavoidable issue with multi-GPU setups, unfortunately. But yeah the 680 is still hella expensive (especially in GBP...damn).
Yeah, any single GPU card should fit pretty easily within the profile of a 4870x2. The GTX 680 is 0.5 inches shorter in length, FWIW.
and then I see this one, and it has all these bigger numbers
WHY YOU DECEIVE ME BIGGER NUMBERS
From what I've read, the 680 overclocks pretty well, even for users. I wouldn't pay the extra 140 for a factory-OC.
Especially since that 2nd one requires a water cooling system. That explains the crazy OC :P
Well those Corsair kits, as far as I know, wouldn't be able to handle a CPU + GPU combined loop. You see some crazy people online who have a separate kit for each part, but it requires some modification to fit on the GPU apparently.
If you're really considering that second card, you would be better off building a custom water system to handle the combined load and get better performance.
Ah. Yeah I'm curious about the H100 specifically, but I'm way too lazy to take apart my current system to remove the current heatsink to try it. Maybe try it out on my Haswell system (2013)...
Just my two cents. You may wish to go AMD also, though I think Nvidia has the edge presently in support software (or rather, they're just not as bad as AMD currently is), and EVGA releases some very nice custom software and drivers (like their overclocking interface, EVGA Precision, which is pretty boss).
If they offered that I would never stop buying upgrades holy shit
either way still £430
EVGA Precision should still work with it, though. If you plan to overclock.
I really wanted to go for the 600 quid option but waiting 3 weeks to pay £170 more wasn't appealing to me I WANT TO BUY IT NOW sense