Originally Posted by 45nm
I'm currently holding off till Q4 of this year before I make any decisions on upgrades as I want to see what AMD's respective Radeon HD 9xxx series offerings are. The problem here though is it is difficult finding Evga offerings in stock and the alternative would be Asus but they only offer a 3 year warranty vs Evga's limited lifetime warranty once registered.
As you said as well I am concerned about Battlefield 4. I am waiting for the Beta to be released before I make a decision.
Here's a little background on my perspective. In the past year couple of years, I have been through the following Nvidia GPU's:
570 > 570 SLI > 580 SLI > 580 Tri-SLI > 580 SLI > 670 > 780
At the same time, my monitor situation has changed as well:
24" 1200p > 24" x 3 1200p Surround > 24" 1200p > 27" 1440p
My thoughts, which are applicable to your situation, are these:580 single
- very suitable for a single 1080p/1200p monitor although newer games require settings to be dialed down, and even moreso for 1440p580 SLI
- complete and utter overkill for a 1080p/1200p monitor, perfect for a single 1440p monitor, and severely underpowered for 1200p x 3 Surround580 Tri-SLI
- complete overkill for both 1080p/1200p and 1440p single monitors, and performance for 1200p Surround was only marginally better (scaling was not great beyond 2 Fermi GPU's, and the 1.5GB VRAM was too anemic)670 single
- perfectly suitable for 1080p/1200p, sufficient for 1440p but requires some settings to be dialed down780 single
- approaching overkill for 1080p/1200p, perfect for 1440p
In all of my experiences, the more complex the system was, the more of a major pain it was to maintain - and ultimately to sell off, piece by piece (especially if watercooling). Not only was there a lot of heat, but it consumed a lot more power that was not really justifiable. From what I gather, 45nm, your monitor offers a resolution that is a bit higher than 1200p monitors, so I guess the question becomes are you willing to just try a single GPU for your current monitor to see how that performs? I think you may be pleasantly (and maybe shockingly?) surprised at just how capable a single GPU is nowadays; especially if you are opting for a single 780 or Titan (though I would choose the former).
Unless we are talking about getting 4K monitors, or Surround, at this current stage SLI 780's or Titans seem (to me) to be excessive.
For what it's worth, my living room gaming PC was running a GTX 660 (not even the Ti version) to power games on my 46" 1080p 120Hz TV. The 660 is roughly equivalent, more or less, to a single 580, and what would you know it? It runs all of the games on there just fine. Granted, it isn't really used much for first person shooters, but should the need arise, guests have not been known to complain about the visual quality nor the performance. Edited by covert ash - 8/13/13 at 6:15am