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Upgrading a GTX 980 Ti ?

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Hi all,

Despite living under a rock for a while now, I realise that there is a huge shortage of the new RTX 3060/3070/3080 cards. One of them would have been my go to choice but since there is next to no chance of me getting one any time soon without paying a scalper a huge markup, I was wondering if the collective hivemind here could suggest alternatives, that are more readily available?

I play at 1440p on an Alienware AW3420DW so I think potentially a 2080 or 2080 Super would do?
 
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There's nothing (edit: latest gen) readily available. You can pick up a 2070 Super if you desperately want to upgrade now. Preferably second hand, don't be paying new prices. Same for the 2080/s. Again I personally wouldn't buy new because you'll probably want to sell again with 6 months.

If you're not fussed about sticking with Nvidia you could try a 5700XT, again 2nd hand.

Otherwise, and I hate, HATE saying this, wait. Stock will eventually come back, but we've had a year of sweaty nerdlords running sneakerbots to buy up every CPU, GPU, Nintendo Switch and iPad on the internet to sell on Amazon and eBay.
 
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really for the prices last gen cards are going for and with the shortage across the board if you can then you're better off just waiting a couple(+) more months.
 
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A 3070 doubles a 1070.

a 1070 trades with a 980ti

the 3060ti isn’t that far off a 3070.

not sure what reply 6 and onwards are on about...especially when you bring dlss to the table
 
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I would hold off. the AW3420DW is a great monitor and really you can't drive it with a 3060ti. I used to have a 344x1440 monitor and a similarly powered card ( the 2070S ) and I can tell you it's not enough for that monitor. It is fine for old games but even for something more recent like Monster Hunter I could barely get 60fps. For even more power hungry games you will struggle...and you need to get over 90 for everything. You really need a 3080 if you are going to drive that monitor with confidence.
 
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I would hold off. the AW3420DW is a great monitor and really you can't drive it with a 3060ti. I used to have a 344x1440 monitor and a similarly powered card ( the 2070S ) and I can tell you it's not enough for that monitor. It is fine for old games but even for something more recent like Monster Hunter I could barely get 60fps. For even more power hungry games you will struggle...and you need to get over 90 for everything. You really need a 3080 if you are going to drive that monitor with confidence.

I'm running a 1440 ultrawide on a 3070 and it's fine and a 3060ti isn't much slower, so I'd say it's fine. Obviously a 3080 would be better, but they'll be difficult to get for some time yet.
 
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Stick with the 980ti till you see something in stock. I was doing just that but managed to snag a 3080 at rrp. They come up just need to be lucky and prepared.
 
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I have that monitor, and a 3060TI. Ideally I wanted the 3080, but the 3060TI was what I actually managed to get (I did have a V56 and that was really struggling). I'm really happy with it, to the point where even when the 6800XT/3080 are available I'll probably pass. It depends on what you want, granted it can't maintain a solid 120fps in everything on Ultra, but I only expect a constant 120fps in competitive shooters where I'll reduce the graphics settings to get it. For everything else comfortably above 60 is fine for me.

I will add I've never tried RT, but I would imagine it to be a no-go at this resolution on the 3060TI.
 
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Thanks. I am not too fussed about getting 120 FPS... you might question why I bought that monitor then, but to be honest I bought it during the Black Friday Alienware event plus I still had some Dell Vouchers and another Dell Code that meant I got it for like £750 or so.
@Bazippy what is the best way to keep an eye out for stock?
 
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Thanks. I am not too fussed about getting 120 FPS... you might question why I bought that monitor then, but to be honest I bought it during the Black Friday Alienware event plus I still had some Dell Vouchers and another Dell Code that meant I got it for like £750 or so.
@Bazippy what is the best way to keep an eye out for stock?
I tried to message you some information but it wont let me, anyway use an app called telegram and find a decent 3080 stock alert and go from there.
 
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thx! i just joined a few, some of them seem to be US though
one i used was called
3080 PartAlert
Took me a few days to find one that kinda did what i wanted, then just sat with the app open whilst gaming, if i got a ping i liked i clicked it and tried to buy. Took me about 2 weeks of that for my 3080
 
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