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I wanted a bit more power for some of the newer games coming out and when I saw the 780 I thought it would fit the bill nicely. I can still sell my 670 for a fair amount and upgrade over to the 780. However the more I think about it the more I realize that I can buy a second 670 and get a fair bit more power for the same price. thinking.gif

If I buy a second 670:
I will get more power devil.gif

...But I will likely need to be concerned with my vram usage for certain games in the coming year (I can already fill it my skyrim mods or a lot of AA). It would also be louder and draw more power. Furthermore, the 670s would depreciate in value a lot more and would be harder to sell later. thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif


If I sell my 670 and upgrade to a 780:
I won't get as much power sad-smiley-002.gif:

...But the 3GBs of vram would be nice for the coming year. My setup would run quieter and more power efficient. I would also have an upgrade path available through SLI (Although I would be unlikely to do this generation of cards due to the very steep price) and the card would hold it's value better than 670s. thumb.gif


I know SLI or buy a new card is an age old question every generation, but help me out guys I'm so torn...


Monitor is 2560x1440 and CPU is a i5 760 OCed to 4ghz (It will need to be upgraded next and due to the cost it makes SLI 780s out of the question for a year)
Edited by Accuracy158 - 5/28/13 at 12:46am
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i agree with selling your 670 and getting a 780. 3GB of vRAM is sweet IMO plus i agree the 780 will hold its value longer.. i expect give a few months and prices will drop hopefully and then you might consider SLI
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I would say upgrade to 780's. They are better as an single card solution even at 1440p vs the SLI'd 670's although the 670's would be more powerful in terms of pushing the FPS, but a single card would always be better than 2. Add to that, you'd get extra VRAM's, Memory bandwidth & and an option to add another card in future for SLI which would again be much powerful than SLI'd 670's, I see no reason to SLI 670 rather than buy an 780 provided you are getting a deal on your 670.
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Can you tell a difference with AA on at 2560x1440? I can't at all.
 
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Furthermore, the 670s would depreciate in value a lot more and would be harder to sell later. thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

seems like a silly logic.

Never consider resell value of computer components. That's like buying a $350K exotic car then worry it'll be $150K 18 months in.

670 will be worth less a year down the road yet 780 will run you a hefty $650.

I picked up my pair of 670FTW SLI for less than that when they launched 12 months ago and it's still a much better buy than a 780 in my opinion...even as Surround user I'd rather take more GPU horsepower then dial-down on the AA levels.

At the 1440p pixel density would one really need moderate-high level of AA?

At the end of the day you look at what you need TODAY, don't look at resale value. Currently, 2GB frame buffer just about cut it for most of the games...but it could be a different story in 2 years.

Personally...I'd just ride out on your 670 for another year (as it can still put up a fair fight) and wait for GTX 880 Maxwell....a 780 isn't a massive upgrade as you can expect ~20% more performance.
     
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Can you tell a difference with AA on at 2560x1440? I can't at all.

I can notice the difference between 2 MSAA and 4 MSAA at 2560x1440 but that's only because I taught myself to look for it. In general I have no problem lowering the AA a little while I play. In some games like Far Cry and even BF3 I will turn post processing AA down to the lowest settings and give myself a small amount of MSAA instead.



I won't be maxing AA with either 670 SLI or a 780 in the more intensive games (In one case I wouldn't have quite enough vram and in the other I wouldn't quite enough GPU power). Frame rate is more important than AA but I'm on an IPS monitor so once my framerate goes above 60 there's no real benifit. I'm not a complete nut about getting 60FPS either though I do like to keep it around the 50FPS threshold.
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seems like a silly logic.

Never consider resell value of computer components. That's like buying a $350K exotic car then worry it'll be $150K 18 months in.

670 will be worth less a year down the road yet 780 will run you a hefty $650.

I picked up my pair of 670FTW SLI for less than that when they launched 12 months ago and it's still a much better buy than a 780 in my opinion...even as Surround user I'd rather take more GPU horsepower then dial-down on the AA levels.

At the 1440p pixel density would one really need moderate-high level of AA?

At the end of the day you look at what you need TODAY, don't look at resale value. Currently, 2GB frame buffer just about cut it for most of the games...but it could be a different story in 2 years.

Personally...I'd just ride out on your 670 for another year (as it can still put up a fair fight) and wait for GTX 880 Maxwell....a 780 isn't a massive upgrade as you can expect ~20% more performance.

Would have agreed with you, but as he says he's running Skyrim with Mods and he is seeing he's running out of Vram, which although now may seem insignificant, but would be a big factor in future games
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Would have agreed with you, but as he says he's running Skyrim with Mods and he is seeing he's running out of Vram, which although now may seem insignificant, but would be a big factor in future games

He's right about 2 GBs just about cutting it, as of now, but you could say the pure FPS a 780 can push also just about cut it with most most games out now tongue.gif ...And would say a 780 is more than a 20% jump from a 670.
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A titan on its own still suffers fps on new titles with all the candy and more so with vyysnch - so get another 670, cheapest route or wait till December redface.gif
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Its just the upgrade bug, isnt it.. 780 GTX just sounds cooler than 2 670's.. To tell you the truth, when you bought this 670, you probably said to your self, if i ever need more juice ill add another. By now the prices of a new 780 ar 600+, what would a second hand 670 set you back?
Performance/money wise there is but one right solution, the 670. That being said, ok your maxing out vram, but probably only with skyrim, i dont see any heavily modded games out there in the near future that will really make it worth the 780 while. Its just NEVER worth to upgrade one generation to the next with nvidia, 20% increase for 600$? Your gonna get 70% increase for 200$ with the 670. That being said, if you buy the 780 you wont be able to go 880, unless you got spare money and this discussion is futile.
Im still on SLi 480 gtx, they are beast and so is your 670, defenitly when you add a second.
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