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So I think it's about due that I upgrade my old 768mb GTX460 haha, it still runs like a beast, but the video memory is a little lacking to say the least.
I currently run a 1080p monitor, but am looking to purchase a 1440p monitor in the near future.

I think I've come to the conclusion I want to pick up a GTX 670, but not sure if I should get a 2gb or 4gb version, and which card to get from there?
So many small variations from company to company, would love some input.

Until I upgrade my monitor, I plan to super sample the 1440p or higher, which is why i've been looking at the 4gb versions.

Prefer not to spend over $450, as I'm always looking for a bargain haha.

(will more than likely be buying from here www.canadacomputers.com if you'd like to post a link as a suggestion)
Edited by LuminatX - 3/25/13 at 8:59pm
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IMO 4gb is unecessary and it actually hinders performance. Go with a 2gb asus or msi card. I loved mygigabyte wf3 but the noise was part of the reason I went water.
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I have had perfect luck with Zotac in 7 builds I have done for friends and family.
here is a link from the site you will make your purchase.
and yes 4 gig of vram is not needed.

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_559&item_id=048985
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There was a review that did testing to see if the 4gb was worth it for a 670, the answer was no. Save your money, get two inexpensive 2gb 670 in sli and they will handle 1440p.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/08/asus_geforce_gtx_670_directcu_ii_4gb_gpu_review
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/14/asus_geforce_gtx_670_directcu_ii_4gb_sli_review/1

By itself or sli, the 4gb didn’t matter enough to justify paying more even at high resolutions. For Nvidia you can’t really beat the price/performance of the 670.

A single 670 can do 1440p but you will be limited to turning down settings.
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Sort of glad to hear that the 4gb card isn't worth it, didn't really want to spend that much.
What do you guys think about the FTW edition?

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_559&item_id=049454
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I don't care much for factory overclocked cards, read about too many problems. save your money buy a non overclocked card and oc it yourself.
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I like that FTW version due to it using the 680's PCB and cooling hardware. It's a good buy.
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Playing over 1080p would require some serious power.
I know you seem to be willing to stay faithful to Nvidia but realy consider AMD cards : they offer larger bus to take advantage of their higher memory capacity. A 670/680 will not offer more performance with either 2GB or 4 GB so your options :
SLI and I would recommand 670 (cheaper but still expensive compared to a single card)
Titan/690 (one should suffice but way over budget)

or amd's ... 7990 or 7970 GE cfx

Don't change your monitor or prepare to make sacrifices on graphics quality.

(and fyi, I'm a nvidia fellow (got a 680, but i've been reading a lot of benchmarks)
Edited by kamimaru - 3/26/13 at 3:20am
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Probably better to SLI so you don't have to sacrifice quality right??
A MSI 670 goes for $349 and an ASUS 660Ti is $299. I only mention the 660 for economy reasons (660's are better than 580's and I've heard 580's in SLI can handle 1440p) but the 670 is obviously a better choice.
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Playing over 1080p would require some serious power.
I know you seem to be willing to stay faithful to Nvidia but realy consider AMD cards : they offer larger bus to take advantage of their higher memory capacity. A 670/670 will not offer more performance with either 2GB or 4 GB so your options :
SLI and I would recommand 670 (cheaper but still expensive compared to a single card)
Titan/690 (one should suffice but way over budget)

or amd's ... 7990 or 7980 GE cfx

Don't change your monitor or prepare to make sacrifices on graphics quality.

(and fyi, I'm a nvidia fellow (got a 680, but i've been reading a lot of benchmarks)

A single 690 should be better than a 670 SLI setup since a 690 is basically 2x 680, but they go for over a $1000 on that site so..... $700 vs $1000.
I'm guessing $700 is already over you're budget anyway tongue.gif
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I can't afford SLI 670 just yet, but it is definitely something I've been considering if I feel I need more of a boost from a just a single card.
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