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GTX 770 SLI or GTX 780?

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Hey guys,

So, I have a really low paying job ($400 a month). I have saved up for the past two months and can now afford to get a GTX 770. I am using an Asus PB278Q 2560x1440p monitor. Right now, I am currently stuck with a GTX 560 Ti 1gb, and it's really slow. By really slow, I mean playing BF3 at low and getting just barely 20 fps. I am a person who really likes cranking up the eye candy in games, but really cannot stand when framerates are below 45. Below 45 fps, I see so much lag, and I actually have to stop playing the games I have because I can't stand the lag. I have just a couple of questions and am looking for some advice.

If I buy a GTX 770 now, 4gb version, would it be a good investment to buy a second GTX 770 4gb later down the road? I have heard Maxwell is going to be a really great platform. But, I cannot hold out until then. I can afford to save up for a little longer and get a 780, but again, I like having as high of framerates as I can get. Would buying a GTX 780 be a good idea?

My processor is a 3570k, and I have a Corsair AX860i, so I have enough to power the cards, I am just really stumped on which way I should go. Any help guys?

If it helps, I heavily play the following games: Skyrim with alot of HD textures, BF3 and upcoming BF4, Batman Arkham City and upcoming Arkham Origins, Far Cry 3, and the rest of my games are basically non demanding Indie games like Minecraft and Kerbal Space Program.

Another question I have is if SLI is supported in most games? I have heard things about SLI and people advising others to go against it because it's alot of headaches and isn't supported by about half of the games that are out. Is this true?

Excuse the illiteracy, I am from Alabama and have that country slang thing going on. tongue.gif
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I would get a 780. Great card for 1440p.3gb and 384-bit memory is a win for this resolution
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To be short, 770s in SLI would destroy a 780 in any AAA game that supports SLI. And most scale pretty well.

If you can go for the 770 lightning, its one of the best around, not sure if its available with 4GB yet. Guru3d himself got it to 8k+ in FireStrike.


Source & Review:
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_summary/msi_geforce_gtx_770_lightning_review.html
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I like the idea about having a GTX 780, but I am really afraid of not being able to reach the golden 60 fps for some reason. I've seen benchmarks where it averages 55 fps at Ultra at this resolution, and that kind of scares me because i know that BF4 will be even more power hungry. I am just kind of afraid of not having enough power with the 780 and then having to save up a whopping $600-$650 again to buy another one. frown.gif
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To be short, 770s in SLI would destroy a 780 in any AAA game that supports SLI. And most scale pretty well.

If you can go for the 770 lightning, its one of the best around, not sure if its available with 4GB yet. Guru3d himself got it to 8k+ in FireStrike.


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http://www.guru3d.com/articles_summary/msi_geforce_gtx_770_lightning_review.html

Those would be nice, especially since it would match up with the brand of motherboard I have. I feel like 4gb of VRAM is a necessity for me, due to all the modding I do to all of my games. I hope they release a 4gb version of that card. Although, personally I am an EVGA fanboy.
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I'd get the 780 you will be glad you did later on. wink.gif
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such as performance, GTX 770 SLI is significantly higher than the GTX 780
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