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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by T9, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. T9 New Member

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    I apologize in advance as I am sure this has been asked ad nauseam at this point - however I wanted to ask for some advice in regards to my particular system/situation.

    Here is my current set up:
    i5-3570k @ 4.5ghz w/Cooler Master Glacier 240L (swiftech H220)
    ASUS P8Z77-V Pro mobo
    Gigabyte gtx 670 windforce
    G.Skill 8gb 1600mhz DDR3 ram
    OCZ Vertex 4 256gb ssd
    OCZ Fatality 1000w 80+ gold psu
    Monitor = X-star 1440p IPS

    So basically my goal is to run any game at max settings 60 fps at 1440p - and my options are as follows:

    1) Get another 670 which would have to be used from ebay cause they are sold out - around $200-$225 if i can find one
    2) Sell my 670 for around $200 on ebay - then buy a 780 for $500-$520
    ----could also add this to my loop for another $250 or so ( not sure thats worth it)
    3) Sell my 670 for around $200 on ebay - then buy a 780 ti for $700-$720

    So basically just looking for some advice on this - pros and cons and thoughts on future proofing ect. THanks!!!!
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    780ti
    >3GB of VRAM (670 only has 2)
    >no issues with SLI
    >future proof for at least 1 year
    >can be SLI'd with another 780ti to further improve performance when it no longer meets requirements

    Bottom line: if you have the cash, get the best single gpu you can afford.
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    I agree with RCoon. I would go with a single card. If the 780ti is just to high then I would still pick a 780 over 2x 670's. :toast:
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    I run 670's in SLI without any issues. Much better bang for the buck then a 780ti. Faster too. Don't waste your money on a 780ti. Way over priced. Get another 670 and own the day AND night.
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    Thanks for the responses. Seems like some differing opinions here.....I have had some bad luck with multi-gpu set ups in the past although that was AMD. Does SLI have micro stuttering or driver issues still ?

    Also is it worth it to liquid cool the 780 or the 780 ti - or does the Nvidia imposed limitations obfuscate doing this ?
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    SLI is a whole different animal than Crossfire. I ran Crossfire a while back and I agree with you on that. Runs like crap and no they have no fixed the micro stutter AFAIK in Crossfire.

    NVIDIA SLI runs like a boss. Honestly I was in the same boat as you a few months ago. Almost IDENTICAL. I went with the more economical route of getting a second 670 and I have ZERO regrets. Most people (not pointing fingers to anyone in this thread) just talk about the issues of SLI but very few have run a SLI setup recently. Its well worth it man.

    I run 140FPS everything on Ultra with 4xAA in BF4 and I'm not even overclocked. I'm running everything at stock!
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    MailMan is right about SLI, for the brief time I ran 3 x 570's and 2 x 780's I never had any issues, it was only 2 x 7950's that I had serious issues with. That being said, I'd never go multi GPU when something powerful enough to meet my needs is available. If the 780ti is too expensive, the 780 will do, it runs my 1440p fine without question.
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    Wow that's really good performance. I also play BF4 a lot. So it almost seems like....why wouldn't I get another 670. I mean it would be different if I didn't already have a 670 (obviously) - and having a single card is just better in terms of heat and power (no prob for me tho).

    What resolution do you use mail man?
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    Well actually that being said - it's pretty hard to find another 670 windforce. Ebay has like ONE listed that's reasonable in price.
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    I run BF4 at ultra at 2560x1080 with my 670, don't care about framerate but it is so smooth. So I wonder why Mailman needs to SLI it. Maybe it is just libido? I feel it too, but resist :)
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    Performance wise getting another 670 will work, and work better in some games, but next year you'll be selling those cards for next to nothing. If all you can afford at the moment is another 670 then there is nothing wrong with that option, but I'd sale the 670 now while it's still worth something and get a 780 now and it will still own the day and night or whatever TMM was talking about.. lol (Don't hate on me TMM I'm just j/k'n around).
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    The only problem i see with going 2x670 over a 780/Ti is that will have a harder time selling the 670s down the road than a 780/Ti,if i were you i would get an aftermarket cooled non-ti 780.
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    I vote 780 or 780ti, as either will work very well and give you an enjoyable experience. I think is best to get the best card you can at the time, and later in add another if need be or want to.

    I run BF4 with a 290 @ 2560.1440 on ultra and my fps is almost always 60, given a few dips here and there. Seeing that the 290 is pretty much just like a 780, the 780 would do well for you, the Ti even better.
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    I need 60+ FPS on Ultra or I can't play. I PLAY MAXED OUT WITH MA BALLS OUT SON!


    Anyway to all those saying you wont get jack for a second 670 in a year......WHO CARES. Two 670's in SLI with a nice OC CPU will last you YEARS playing the ports PC's get today. The days of needing a new GPU every year are over. We live in the era of ports people. Two 670's will last another 3 years I bet. Basically by the time he needs to sell those 670's the 780ti will be 100 bucks on ebay. Why spend the extra chetta for less performance? RIDDLE ME THAT BATMAN?

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    Next DLC pack I will play with ma balls out too babe!!!!! LOL

    Kidding apart, your reasoning is same as mine, unless you get multimonitor or 4K upgrading GPU is disappointing since the consoles DICKtate!. :fear:
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    normal 780 would be my vote - you can over clock to TI levels and pick up a decent used/refurb for about ~$420, hell I think the new ones are not much more. Ti has too much of a premium for the added perf $700 is a bit steep for a card...

    The 780 with a flashed custom bios is just an absolute monster. How to score a 1.2Ghz constant Kepler for $420.

    IMO - SLI is never a good option when there is a single GPU option within 10% of the performance (factoring in performance only, not cost) - single GPU gives more consistent performance, higher mins, and an overall smoother experience.
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    Its over 10% slower and cost more. A 780 doesn't make any sense if he already has a 670. Its a complete waste of money.
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    Are you assuming he is going to sit there and stare at his old 670 or use it as a paperweight?

    He could offload his 670 for $200 easy... A new 670 costs $260... You can get a gtx 780 for $460. In that scenario, you can either spend the $260 for a 670 or you can sell the old one for 200, and spend the $260 on a 780, over clock to 780ti speeds, get higher mins, smoother performance, get an extra 1gb of ram, not deal with the sli drivers or power issues.

    You're gonna spend the 260 either way, I just think the 780 will be a better solution for the reasons above.
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    I would agree with this if he would have gotten 2x670's on the day they were released but there is no way in hell 2x670 will last you 3 years from today to max out every thing @ 1440p.
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    I'd pick a 780Ti, flash it with a custom non-boost BIOS with 1.212v, understand which core can it hold at that voltage (it's almost sure it's going to be 1250/1300 Mhz) and watch the thing fly.
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    yea yea....OP is in similar situation now. He can add another card now, but you advise against it :) in the future you would say sell 780/ti and get whatever it would be at the time. Constant argument in many forums...you can add one later, but dont go sli now :) just funny
    I vote +1 for another 670 and it will be best money/performance update.
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    Spend 260 and get less performance.......makes sense. Also your higher minimums and smoother performance is BS. Come on TS sometime and there is a guy on there with a watercooled OC 780 and a faster OC CPU than mine and guess what.......I get better FPS.

    SHHH! Logic isn't welcome when there is a hive mentality going on. Apple Sucks, Windows 8 is trash and ALWAYS a single card is better no MATTER the downfall of it.

    My point is a single 670 runs I would say over 99% of all games maxed out TODAY. Two will last you years. Maybe not maxed out in three years but VERY playable due to ports and you know what? In three years you will STILL be getting better FPS than a 780. I know facts suck in a mob conversation but there you have it.
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    OP asked for opinions. He didn't ask for you to go round telling everyone their opinions are wrong after sharing your own.
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    Mine is not an opinion. Its a fact.
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    Wow. Should've remembered who I was talking to...
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