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I'm interested in the newer 2560x1440 monitors, but from what I've been reading it requires some form of SLI or Xfire. I'm not sure I have the budget to go straight for a worthwhile combination right now, so would I be better off going with a single card (gtx 770 4gb or gtx 780) and a 1920x1080 monitor, or does a single card like the 780 provide enough power for settings on a 2560x1440 to rival higher settings on a lower resolution? Also, would my best bet be to go ahead and get a 780 with the plan to SLI later on?

The main priority will ne gaming in this situation.
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I used to game fine at 2560x1600 with a single 7970, and a gtx580 before that. Honestly if you don't mind lowering aa just a tad on the most demanding titles, a single 7950 would do fine.

I'd avoid the 770 and 6xx series nvidia cards because of their memory bus. So I'd say 7950, 7970,or gtx780. Whichever you can afford in that order.
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post #3 of 4
1440p does add GPU load significantly when compared to 1080p. You can comfortably game @ 1440p with a GTX 780 but you won't be maxing the most graphically demanding games if that's what you are asking. Adding in another 780 would obviously add a lot of power but do keep in mind that there is always a newer more graphically demanding game around the corner.

That being said 1440p does give a nice boost in fidelity and many people are totally willing to sacrifice some amount of AA and even things like high precision ambient occlusion in order to get things to run smoothly @ 1440p.
    
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If your gonna use one monitor then,
gtx780
7970
7950
gtx770 with 4gb (maybe no recommendable because of 256 bus)
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