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I recently purchased a 1440p monitor (Auria from microcenter, i am in love!) and have found my 470 gtx SLI setup to be lacking... will a 670 gtx do the trick or should i save my marbles for a 680/next gen?
post #2 of 15
@ that resolution even the GTX 670 would suffer because of low bandwidth. If you don't mind AMD, get a HD 7950 or if you have the marbles, get another GTX 670. BTW, which games do you play
post #3 of 15
Well here are some things I'd keep in mind.

If you are thinking about getting a 680, don't, because a 670 is much cheaper and can easily clock to 680 speeds. I have a 670 in my system that is at basically 680 speeds right now, on a 680 PCB. (It's an EVGA Signature2 card)

But huzzug is right, I have a 1440p monitor as well with my 670 2 GB, and in BF3, the VRAM is limiting the card now. If I were in your situation right now, I'd be looking at a 7950. They have 3 GB of VRAM, which is enough for 1440p, and sometimes are on sale for around $270-$300, which is a great deal for that card, along with some free games. Not sure if you're into Crysis 3 or Bioshock, because those are the free games with a 7950.

But a 670 or 7950 would be a nice upgrade from a 470 SLI. You'll have a single card that pulls less watts, less heat, and newer technology.
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i am anti-AMD so would prefer to stick with nvidia.

currently installed on my PC are BF3, GW2 and Heart of the Swarm. BF3 and GW2 had to be turned down to medium when i boosted the resolution up.

I am definitely comfortable with extreme overclocking smile.gif
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I recently purchased a 1440p monitor (Auria from microcenter, i am in love!) and have found my 470 gtx SLI setup to be lacking... will a 670 gtx do the trick or should i save my marbles for a 680/next gen?

I'm sure they're lacking due to the Vram, not power, since two 470 are still a powerhouse. Reducing AA might do the trick.

If you do plan on upgrading to a 670, go for the 4Gb version like this one for 429$ or the 7950 with a good cooler cause they tend to get hot (& loud) when oc'ed.
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for sure, i run with AA completely off - i think it looks better in 2560x1440


also, I think i'm done with the SLI option for now... seems a bit more trouble than it is worth
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If you are against AMD, then I would get a 670 4gb version, but get one of the EVGA's instead of the ASUS that was mentioned above. I have one and play on a 2560x1440p monitor and don't have any problems running BF3. (Also play Planetside 2, COD, Diablo 3, NBA 2K13 etc. I haven't tried the Witcher 2 on it yet, but it is next after Diablo) I can't remember what my settings for BF3 are but I don't think I touched them when I went from 1080p to 1440p. I wouldn't buy anything less then 3gb of vram at this point. We don't know what the next generation of consoles are going to bring to the table and you don't want to have to upgrade less then a year from now. At least if you buy a 4gb Nvidia you can sli in the future as it seems you don't have a problem in running sli since you are with your 470's.

Still, you might want to consider AMD because I think 4gb is overkill, where as 3gb is just right for the future...but that is strictly my opinion. A 7970 would be an awesome choice.

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2 things (tangential to this thread)

1) how is nba 2k13 for PC? I have it on my xbox 360 but the graphics are terrible tongue.gif ugh 720p - i love NBA 2k though
2) i definitely think getting the larger vram is a good option, thanks for the advice


honestly, i know this is purely anecdotal and bias, but the last 3 AMD cards i had caused me major headaches, and all 3x i popped in an nvidia card and the problems went away... albeit the most recent AMD card i had was a 5770 tongue.gif or something
post #9 of 15
get a 4GB 670, but as everyone said a 7950 or 7970 will be much cheaper and just as good
post #10 of 15
4GB GTX 670 OC'ed would be amazing for your needs.I would get this one: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked+ w/Backplate
Maybe AMD is better for the money but i currently have AMD and i have nothing more than bad experience with my card(jerky frames,not smooth gameplay,40fps smoothness on Nvidia=60fps on my HD 6850).It's in my opinion,worth to trow some money for the better and more polished product.
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