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    Hi All

    I am getting a new gaming pc made for me by scan this weekend and was thinking about a 980 ti. I will have a 24 inch 144htz monitor and will be playing fallout las vegas and fallout 4 and far cry4 and the total war series mostly. Am I a fool buying this card as I know pascal is around the corner and will proberly blow the 980 ti out of the water but I need a good graphics card for now. Someone has mentioned to get a 970 or amd 390x and then buy a top end pascal card after it has been launched and tested and card makers have improved it or does the old saying goes' if you always wait you will never buy as something else is just around the corner'?

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    Re: wait for pascal or not

    It is a gamble either way, but if you buy the ti then you should be good for a year or two and can perhaps wait for the generation *after* Pascal to come out. Historically, Nvidia are at their weakest when going to a new process and new packaging so a 14/16nm chip with HBM memory from them is a risk.

    I am playing stuff at 1440p on a 144Hz freesync monitor and I only have an R9 285, and it is an awesome combo. A 980 ti is way faster, but then so it the 970. I don't see a bad option there.

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    Re: wait for pascal or not

    I agree with the above - while I think we will see some big gains in next year's GPUs, if you need something soon then you will get frustrated since there's bound to be gremlins with the new processes. Depending on how the competition shapes up parts could be rushed out that aren't quite ready for the prime time. Alternatively, if they are ahead of the competition then I'd expect parts to be held back and the second gen product to be the one that's really showing us what it's capable of.

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    Re: wait for pascal or not

    Personally, I'd wait for Pascal at this late stage. Buy something that isn't going to depreciate as much as a 980Ti and just run your monitor at 60Hz for a while.

    Once Pascal is near to release, your 980Ti will be worth around £250 (maybe less if pascal is a monster). So make a judgement call around that.
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    Re: wait for pascal or not

    Given that the Geforce versions of GK110 and GM200 launched in May 2014 and June 2015 respectively I'd expect big Pascal to be six months away, which means the GTX 980ti is just about at the half way mark in it's life.

    Obviously buying a GTX 980ti isn't the most sensible of choices to begin with but if you're going for one I don't think it's foolish to buy it now unless there are indications that the big pascal chip will launch early. If nVidia are going HBM it could even take longer.

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    Re: wait for pascal or not

    When I started thinking about upgrading to a 980Ti I did a lot of research on this matter, and at the end I decided that it's not worth waiting for Pascal. It's getting overhyped, it won't be THAT special, people are making it sound so huge. I'm not waiting, getting a 980Ti in the next few days.

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    Re: wait for pascal or not

    Honestly, if you desperately need it now, just buy it and enjoy. I'm building my first PC rig in a long time (been traveling so much, always used a laptop) and had a big decision to make... I love nvidia, but the R9 390 is better than the 970, so had to go with AMD. And if I get the AMD, in 3 months pascal is going to blow it out of the water and I'm stuck with a company I don't care for. What should I do? Wait three months and buy a temp card for the time being? -- Nah, just buy it now and enjoy, you can always get the next gen later.

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    Re: wait for pascal or not

    I'd say get a GTX 970, You have 24" Monitor, To be honest anything more power is not going to fully utilised at those 1920* Res, You need at least a 27" Monitor (2560x1440) for more powerful GPU like 980Ti or Pascal. If I was you, I'd get a Gtx 970, Save money upgrade to 27" monitor and then get pascal about April/may 16

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