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I am planning in a few months to build from scratch, and I was wondering what others are doing in similar situations. Currently I have 2500k/16gb 1600/extreme3 gen3 and HX750 psu. I am "planning" to get a 4770k with a decent ~200 mobo, and I was wondering if I should keep the EVGA 680 OC and add another, and if so will I have to get a more expensive sli at x16 pci e 3.0? or will the regular asus 200$ mobo be close enough that (~5% performance)?
Or i could sell the current 680 and just get a 780, eliminating potential sli problems?
I plan to play major titles at ultra, with at least 2aa and 60fps vsynced, as well as want it to be future proof for either a nice, slim bezel 1440p/1600 or 4k monitor if it comes to around 500-800$ in the next 12-15 months. The problem is my current 680 is 2gb, so if I plan to ultra/60fps crysis 3, cyberpunk, bioshock , tomb raider, metro last light, far cry 3, skyrim with mods/textures, ill most likely need a 4gb card, so a 4gb 780? or 2 760 ti's 4gb ?
Also, if anyone in the toronto area interested in my current specs I can give you the kijiji ad i posted.
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Man! you and i are bunk mates on the same boat...

I am planing the exact same thing as you.

i am switching from my ITX build, going back to a regular atx build in a atx case. I am so torn if i want to get another 680 ( SLI problems, after my crossfire problems, i told my self id never do a dual card solution again ) or wait for the 780.

BUT, if i were you, there is no reason to switch to haswell from sandy bridge, you wont really see any performance gains in games. just stick with your 1155 setup, focus on the gpu and monitor.

i am looking as well at getting a 1440 monitor. Mono price has a 27" ips 2560x1440 monitor for $380, back ordered till march tho. and Micro center has a 27" ips 2560x1440 monitor for $400. so on our 680, games like far cry 3 and crysis 3 are going to eat up all out GPU horse power at those resolutions.

what i have heard/read about the new 7xx series cards is they are going to be extremely expensive, im thinking about $650 for a 780. i heard they are going to be using failed GPU cores that they were using for cloud rendering. Just Basically chips that didnt make the cut from the binning process for cloud computing, but for consumer grade stuff, they are far and above the tech we have now. I also heard that the actual dye, is going to be MUCH larger physically than the chip on our 680...

The biggest factor for me is that i am going to be water cooling whichever setup i decide to go with, its a lot less expensive and complicated to water cool one card then it is 2.

What i think i am going to do is stick with my sig rig for now, and wait for 7 series to come out. i am playing far cry 3 at 60fps with vysnc on at 1080 just fine. while i wait for that i am going to begin parting together my new ATX build, so when the 7 series come out, i just throw it in and start beasting through games at QHD resolution.
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The 7 series cards could be months and months away so i would do another 680 which should be faster then a single 780 which is yet to be determined anyway.

Unless your doing some crazy surround set up then your good with 4GB of vram even at 2560x1440!
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The 7 series cards could be months and months away so i would do another 680 which should be faster then a single 780 which is yet to be determined anyway.

Unless your doing some crazy surround set up then your good with 4GB of vram even at 2560x1440!


I dunno man, a 680 is within striking distance of the performance of a 590. If we see the same thing from the 7 series, I think the 780 will be within 10% of the performance of sli 680s....
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the titan (gk110) might be worth waiting to look at.. if it is 85% of a 690 you could sell your 680 and pick one up.
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I dunno man, a 680 is within striking distance of the performance of a 590. If we see the same thing from the 7 series, I think the 780 will be within 10% of the performance of sli 680s....

I have always done SLI 9800GTX,GTX 260 216 core,GTX 670 ftw but in all honestly we should all always go for the fastest single card we can get.

Less heat build up(unless you are custom water cooled) + you can avoid any sli issues which i have never really had an issue with over the years.

Its all still speculation what the 7 series cards will bring, plus they are many months away from the looks of it so it all depends on how patient the OP is.

A 690 or dual 680,670's will still handle anything at max for at least another 2 years so i don't see what the big rush is to jump to a 7 series card anyway.

The OP is a few months away from his build so IMO i would wait then and just sell your 680 for a single 780.It would make you feel better i guess since you will have the latest and greatest and you can always sli them if you run multiply monitors.
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780 is said to offer 80 to 85% of a 690 and the 690 is slightly slower than 2 680s. Even if the 780 is a poor overclocker it should only take a marginal boost in clock speed to mitigate the performance gap on a chip that size. Just depends on what kind of headroom it has and whether or not its bandwidth starved like current 670/680's. That said, I'd take a single gpu over relying on inconsistent dual card profiles any day, espcially if im spending close to $1000 on gpu alone. Power consumption should be lower than 2 680s and you'll get more performance out of games that dont do so well in a dual card config plus no chance of micro-stutter.

I do plan on getting one myself, i'll be waiting for a decent amount of reviews before purchase though.
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780 is said to offer 80 to 85% of a 690 and the 690 is slightly slower than 2 680s. Even if the 780 is a poor overclocker it should only take a marginal boost in clock speed to mitigate the performance gap on a chip that size. Just depends on what kind of headroom it has and whether or not its bandwidth starved like current 670/680's. That said, I'd take a single gpu over relying on inconsistent dual card profiles any day, espcially if im spending close to $1000 on gpu alone. Power consumption should be lower than 2 680s and you'll get more performance out of games that dont do so well in a dual card config plus no chance of micro-stutter.

I do plan on getting one myself, i'll be waiting for a decent amount of reviews before purchase though.

very well said.

At this point, im just waiting twiddling my thumbs waiting to see what nvida brings to the table.

I am Very excited to see these 2560x1440 monitors come into the affordable price point. will be getting one this year!
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@Sean W.

Nice. Im ready for a higher res as well however my issue now is that I've yet to see a 120hz display over 1080p, not sure im willing to give that up for more res frown.gif.
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