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Posted a thread up in the AMD/ATI section asking the same thing and it got a bit off track with some Nvidia talk so I wanted to give the other side of the fence a thread to give some recommendations.

My old 1200p monitor died and I got this new Viewsonic VP2770 1440p. I'm not far off from building a new PC so I'm trying to piece together what I want. Kind of hanging out until I see what Haswell will bring to the table before I set anything in stone, but a new card with more VRAM isn't going to hurt in the meantime. Really considering doing a dual card setup this time around. I'd love to get a Titan, but I really want to stay away from the $1000 card/s territory (Titan, 690, 680x2, 7990, etc). It's not totally off the table, but I don't really want to consider them just yet. So in the thread I posted up in the AMD/ATI section I was mainly asking about 7950s that OC really well and putting them in a Crossfire setup. So give me some advice on Nvidia in a similar single and SLI setup (Was looking at around $750 towards a dual card budget +/- ~$50). I'm probably going to get a single card until I'm ready to build the new rig this summer. It'll be air cooled unless I have a change of heart before deed is done.

I've done some reading on both sides of things, but with my job I'm pretty limited on time I can spend perusing the forums these days and I've gotten a bit out of touch since my last build. Recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

If you got some AMD recommendations please stop over to my other thread. I am actively watching both while I decided. AMD thread over here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1384082/660-ti-not-much-better-than-470-gtx/10
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HD 7950 Crossfire I think will be your best bet...or GTX 670 SLI.
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I personally love the Sapphire 7970 ghz Vapor-X edition, can be overclocked to about 1250mhz on air! Get this card on it's own for now. Wait until next generation cards come and and reduce price of the previous generation cards, then buy another 7970 at a discounted price to CF! Good luck on your decision!
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Crossfire has issues at the moment. Go for SLI.
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This is funny. I post a thread in the AMD/ATI section and get Nvidia talk then I post a thread in the Nvidia section and I get AMD/ATI talk. doh.gif

On the Crossfire side of things I realize there's some issues currently, some say they don't have problems other do. However, I do know that AMD has acknowledged this and is releasing a fix in July.

What I'm looking for really are some particular models that are good for my needs. If I go dual card there's usually talk of certain non-reference cooler designs increasing heat. So with that in mind can you guys offer up some models that known to be good overclockers and handle dual card heat loads well?
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In that case get a reference GTX 680. They're quieter than 7970s and all the heat goes out the back of the case.

If you're confident that AMD will fix the driver problems then a 7970 or even a 7950 would perform better, but the reference cards are noisy compared to their nVidia counterparts.

I wouldn't recommend a GTX 670. The price to performance ratio is good but due to them being cut down 680s (cut down because they had problems) they are more prone to problems down the line. Especially if you overclock them.

As stated above, buy one card now and the second card later when they get cheaper.

Don't buy 2 cheaper cards from the start as it's a waste of money (the performance won't be much better than a single high end card) and it prohibits upgrading.
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