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2 x GTX 670s, or 1 x GTX 770 or 1 x GTX 780?

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Hello! New to this forum, as well as to overclocking. I am building a computer around the 7i 3930K, on a Rampage IV Extreme with 32 gigs of 2400 Mz memory from GSkill (4 x 8 Gigs). I primarily want to be able to do video editing, with heavy emphasis on Adobe CS6 and 3-d rendering in AutoCAD. And I like to play a video games. smile.gif

For the video cards, I found the following:

a GTX770 for $451.00 taxes in

two GTX 670s for $500.00 no tax (used: 1 is 1 yr old and one is 5 months old).

Edit: or the GTX 780 for $750.00 taxes in.

I like the idea of two video cards: gives 3 options for the video processing, as well as redundancy in the cards. Plus I think that two GTX670s in SLI bridge would perform as well as the GTX780, and better than the GTX770.
The cons become one of temperature control. I plan to have as many fans running in there as I can (nzxt Fantom 630 with window, a mid to large size water cooler for the CPU, but not sure about the video cards: will solve that problem one I know which one(s) I go with) to cool it down.

Any ideas or recommendations?

Cheers,

Laurent
Edited by LimogesGuy - 5/31/13 at 5:06pm
post #2 of 19
I always recommend single card solutions, I've seen way too many threads about unstable drivers and headaches associated with SLI configurations.

Where in the world are you located?

Given your options, as far as bang for buck goes, I think you would be better off getting 2x 670's rather than a single 770. The 700 series is still pricey, and only has a minor improvement over the previous generation.

If I were you, I would look for 670's with non-reference coolers, e.g. the Twin Frozr III or ASUS DirectCU II twin-fan-style coolers. Much quieter, and much less heat. Will make video gaming a lot less noisy.
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Originally Posted by LimogesGuy View Post

Hello! New to this forum, as well as to overclocking. I am building a computer around the 7i 3930K, on a Rampage IV Extreme with 32 gigs of 2400 Mz memory from GSkill (4 x 8 Gigs). I primarily want to be able to do video editing, with heavy emphasis on Adobe CS6 and 3-d rendering in AutoCAD. And I like to play a video games. smile.gif

For the video cards, I found the following:

a GTX770 for $451.00 taxes in

two GTX 670s for $500.00 no tax (used: 1 is 1 yr old and one is 5 months old).

or the GTX 770 for $750.00 taxes in.

I like the idea of two video cards: gives 3 options for the video processing, as well as redundancy in the cards. Plus I think that two GTX670s in SLI bridge would perform as well as the GTX780, and better than the GTX770.
The cons become one of temperature control. I plan to have as many fans running in there as I can (nzxt Fantom 630 with window, a mid to large size water cooler for the CPU, but not sure about the video cards: will solve that problem one I know which one(s) I go with) to cool it down.

Any ideas or recommendations?

Cheers,

Laurent

do you mean 780 for 750?
if you can afford it get the 780. i'd rather have a powerful single gpu then sli. you would have less issues with a single gpu.
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Originally Posted by moowarcow View Post

do you mean 780 for 750?
if you can afford it get the 780. i'd rather have a powerful single gpu then sli. you would have less issues with a single gpu.

Yes, I mean to type 780 for $750.00 taxes incl.

I get that there are some issues, especially when a new game comes out. But I'm not one of those people that do that. so I'm assuming that once I get the bugs ironed out for CS6, and the AutoCad suite of programs, then I'm pretty good to go. <--- am I missing something? I thought that multiple cards meant video processing takes less time because certain Adobe programs see the 2 separate cards, and use them for different tasks, thus speeding up the overall process.
Edited by LimogesGuy - 5/31/13 at 5:08pm
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I would recommend the 780 if you can. You can always get another later. I would also definitely recommend the two 670's over the one 770. The 780 is the best option, but I can speak for the benefits of having two 670's. I have had zero issues with SLI, and it seems smoother with two cards than my single 7970 did. But try and get that 780, especially if the two 670's are 2GB versions.

cheers.gif
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I agree with the 770 v.s 2 x 670: I know that isn't even a possibility because I'd be taking a step back. But the 780 is another $250 bucks that I am already into the crapper with the wife on this build... Sigh... That said, what do I get for the extra $250.00? I can't imagine that one 780 processor could outperform two 670 processors with the split task. Or am I missing something? smile.gif
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Well, these twin 670s are a bit odd: not too often you can pick what you want. They are the MSI version. I was thinking about possibly converting them to liquid-cooled. I understand there's a whole community of well-informed people in this field in this forum. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by mingqi53 View Post

I always recommend single card solutions, I've seen way too many threads about unstable drivers and headaches associated with SLI configurations.

Where in the world are you located?

Given your options, as far as bang for buck goes, I think you would be better off getting 2x 670's rather than a single 770. The 700 series is still pricey, and only has a minor improvement over the previous generation.

If I were you, I would look for 670's with non-reference coolers, e.g. the Twin Frozr III or ASUS DirectCU II twin-fan-style coolers. Much quieter, and much less heat. Will make video gaming a lot less noisy.
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I agree with the 770 v.s 2 x 670: I know that isn't even a possibility because I'd be taking a step back. But the 780 is another $250 bucks that I am already into the crapper with the wife on this build... Sigh... That said, what do I get for the extra $250.00? I can't imagine that one 780 processor could outperform two 670 processors with the split task. Or am I missing something? smile.gif

haha my wife was giving me crap too. i had to replace all my led fans to quieter-nonled fans.
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IMO i'll take the 770 (the 399$ version), it would affordable to get another one down the road.... And It should be unlockable, so any overclocking advantage the 770 lightening will have for extra 50$, the G series will also have it as soon as you flash it with an increased voltage bios.
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