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Sli 680 or one 690?

post #1 of 31
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Hi everyone,
After much consideration, I've decided to go for NVIDIA instead of AMD. I need help deciding what card to get, and what brand. If you could give me links to what you recommend that would be great.

Here is my build:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iId9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iId9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iId9/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($238.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($131.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.00 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Z Series Gold 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($101.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG236HE 120Hz 23.0" Monitor ($389.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($127.72 @ Amazon)
Total: $1668.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Thank you!
post #2 of 31
I would say 2 680's, easier to overclock and less heat.
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post #3 of 31
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Could you link some brands I should get? They vary on price and are probably different, so idk which ones to get.
post #4 of 31
Buy 690.... $1000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130781


Or buy two 680s.... $1000

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768

really you need to pick, because both are $1000 and both are SLi

So check out the million reviews and make your pick based on case space, games played, power usage etc etc etc.

690 ... takes less power, uses "less space" but is longer, and plays every game without issues

If you are going to spend that much on a huge PSU then I would think you are going to OC.... so power likely isn't a issue and the 680s in that case being the better bet.


I picked EVGA... because I have used many many of them and have had no issues with any.
post #5 of 31
I'd go with the two 680s. You'll have more options especially from EVGA.
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post #6 of 31
I would say a 690. I have heard too many people complaining about SLI stuttering and stuffs.
post #7 of 31
It depends what exactly you're looking for.

For outright performance, 680 SLI edges out the 690.

However, the 690 is more efficient of a setup.

If you're looking into overclocking, the 680 SLI should be able to hit higher clock speeds than the 690.

They both have advantages and disadvantages so the decision is really based on what you care about more, slight performance increase vs. higher efficiency.

Source: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/586?vs=585
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post #8 of 31
it all depends on what you want from it. do you plan on running multi monitors or >1080p with this system at some point? if so, you are going to want to get 680s which gives you the option of getting the 4GB versions, which you cant do with the 690.
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post #9 of 31
If you had already owned a 680, I would've said 680. Otherwise, get a 690.
post #10 of 31
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Those performances seem extremely similar. I'm going to need a definition of efficient, as I don't understand what it means. Also, how much would the boost from OCing be?
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