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So here is the deal. I could either use AMD and VM's which is something I wanted to start doing or not use a VM and just go Nvidia for gaming. Why not just go AMD in the first place, well I okay tons of Skyrim and I will be playing in 1440p, I will more than likely need two GPUs to get really nice frame rates and AMD doesn't play well with Skyrim. I will be playing other games as well but Skyrim is a big one for me.

Then I remembered talking to someone who had successfully used both cards in the same system by way of a pre-bios and a hard switch. He could use either to turn pci-e lanes on and off thus enabling or disabling his 680's or 7970's.

I want to do basically the same thing, minus the hard switch until I am comfortable with a soldering iron. So this will be my everyday use PC, HTPC, high end gaming rig, possibly my benching system and used for virtual machines. My budget for the base system is about $3400-$3500. This is around $3300. That is including a single GPU, the system, case and all the fans. I will obtain the other GPUS at a later time.

One more option is to possibly wait until the next series of both GPUs are released and then start my build. I don't have a GPU I can transfer so if I build it now I will be without a GPU or I will have to lose money reselling a last gen card.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OEM
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA
MoBo: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
RAM: Corsair DOMINATOR GT 16GB (4 x 4GB) 2133
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i
GPU Solution 1: 1-2 EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB
GPU Solution 2: 1-2 MSI AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB
SSD: Samsung 840 Series 250GB
HDD: Seagate Baracudda 3TB 7200RPM
PSU: Corsair AX1200i
ODD: LG DVD Burner OEM

Fans for the H100i will be replaced with Cooljag 2400RPM fans and the side panel will be filled with Akasa Apache Super Silent fans.
Edited by MX5J6 - 12/18/12 at 8:18pm
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1440x900?

If it's that then the GTX 680 should be more than enough, it's a pretty powerful card. Plus it's a little bit cheaper.
    
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Wait no sorry. 2560x1440?


Either way they're pretty evenly matched cards for power.
    
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