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I would go for 4gb VRAM just to play it safe. If you doing SLI then you should have no issues with 1440p

I have been thinking about the 4GB cards, but they are out my price range. Would you say get 2gb 670 sli, 4gb 670 x1 or go the AMD route with CFX 7950, which I am not too fond of doing based on the stories I hear about driver support and microstutter. I could also go 3gb 660ti's x 2. I know there is no such thing as future proofing, but I would like to not have to upgrade for about 2 years. feasible?
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I have been thinking about the 4GB cards, but they are out my price range. Would you say get 2gb 670 sli, 4gb 670 x1 or go the AMD route with CFX 7950, which I am not too fond of doing based on the stories I hear about driver support and microstutter. I could also go 3gb 660ti's x 2. I know there is no such thing as future proofing, but I would like to not have to upgrade for about 2 years. feasible?

So ~$800 for SLI 670 2GB, or ~$440 for a single 670 4GB? I'm not following how you can afford 2x 2GB but a 4GB is out of your price range. Did you mean 2x 4GB is out of your price range?

For what it's worth I'd recommend 2x 4GB and if that extra hundred is too much, 2x 2GB. A single 4GB will be vastly inferior compared to SLI 2GB.

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So ~$800 for SLI 670 2GB, or ~$440 for a single 670 4GB? I'm not following how you can afford 2x 2GB but a 4GB is out of your price range. Did you mean 2x 4GB is out of your price range?

For what it's worth I'd recommend 2x 4GB and if that extra hundred is too much, 2x 2GB. A single 4GB will be vastly inferior compared to SLI 2GB.

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Lol, yes I meant 4GB 670's in sli is out of my price range. When you factor in tax and such, its closer to a $200 difference. I am from Canada, so prices and availability may differ from U.S. prices.
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I am seriously wanting to go 1440p. What is the minimum best card to have for good frame rates at that resolution? Also, what is the best performance on that resolution
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Lol, yes I meant 4GB 670's in sli is out of my price range. When you factor in tax and such, its closer to a $200 difference. I am from Canada, so prices and availability may differ from U.S. prices.

Ah, gotcha. Hrmmm, I'd recommend the 2x 2GB then. Running out of memory is far less of an issue than not having enough GPU power in the first place. Possibly in BF3 memory could be an issue, as well as Skyrim and other Bethesda games with a heap of mods.

Personally I've never had a problem with it, the last time I had memory constraints was on a 512MB card in 2009 due to a memory leak in Fallout 3.

I am running into not enough GPU power though, so as soon as Nvidia comes up with a bundle that isn't $150 in F2P monies I'll be getting a second 2GB 670.
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Ah, gotcha. Hrmmm, I'd recommend the 2x 2GB then. Running out of memory is far less of an issue than not having enough GPU power in the first place. Possibly in BF3 memory could be an issue, as well as Skyrim and other Bethesda games with a heap of mods.

Personally I've never had a problem with it, the last time I had memory constraints was on a 512MB card in 2009 due to a memory leak in Fallout 3.

I am running into not enough GPU power though, so as soon as Nvidia comes up with a bundle that isn't $150 in F2P monies I'll be getting a second 2GB 670.

Yea, I think I will go with the 2gb 670's in SLI. I'll see if I can scrounge up some extra cash and search for some better prices. My worry is Vram issues when the consoles hit. Even though Crysis 3 is the exception, than the rule, it is already hitting close to 2GB of Vram at 1080 on my friend's rig.
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Yea, I think I will go with the 2gb 670's in SLI. I'll see if I can scrounge up some extra cash and search for some better prices. My worry is Vram issues when the consoles hit. Even though Crysis 3 is the exception, than the rule, it is already hitting close to 2GB of Vram at 1080 on my friend's rig.
The consoles it looks like will have at least a midrange radeon 7000 series and it seems like both will have 8gb of ram. So, I'm thinking that high res and bigger vistas will become the norm soon. So it is a good idea to invest in more vram. As the consoles will be the lowest common denominator and that's going to stick around until developers realize that PC is better.
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Yea, I think I will go with the 2gb 670's in SLI. I'll see if I can scrounge up some extra cash and search for some better prices. My worry is Vram issues when the consoles hit. Even though Crysis 3 is the exception, than the rule, it is already hitting close to 2GB of Vram at 1080 on my friend's rig.

While I can't predict the future, I think the whole 8GB of DDR5 is a tad overblown seeing as it is shared across system ram and video ram. As well it has worse latency and is still just supporting an APU, not a discrete GPU.

Ignoring all that and focusing on the present, no amount of throwing money and hardware at poorly optimized games can fix them. Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, Tomb Raider all performed far worse than most people were expecting, and not because they were eye-poppingly amazing looking either.
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While I can't predict the future, I think the whole 8GB of DDR5 is a tad overblown seeing as it is shared across system ram and video ram. As well it has worse latency and is still just supporting an APU, not a discrete GPU.

Ignoring all that and focusing on the present, no amount of throwing money and hardware at poorly optimized games can fix them. Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, Tomb Raider all performed far worse than most people were expecting, and not because they were eye-poppingly amazing looking either.

Fair point, but I do think it's fair to say that we will see and increase in Vram usage. If 1.25 gbs of Vram is not enough at 1440p, I think it's fair to say that the new consoles will push pc performance a bit. Also, when you factor in small amount of AA, better textures and some "PC specific" features I could see Vram usage going up a fair amount.
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Fair point, but I do think it's fair to say that we will see and increase in Vram usage. If 1.25 gbs of Vram is not enough at 1440p, I think it's fair to say that the new consoles will push pc performance a bit. Also, when you factor in small amount of AA, better textures and some "PC specific" features I could see Vram usage going up a fair amount.
I agree totally
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