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I really want a GTX 780 but cant justify it when I check benchmarks compared to my 480's in SLI. I know power/noise/temp is much lower with the 780 series but are there any other reasons you guys know of that will justify dropping $650+ on that card?
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Dude,

Your nick is SLI_Maniac. So no way you can justify a single card.

So dual cards for 650$ LOL? Dual MSI 760 Hawk edition? In a couple months, if price drops on the 770's you could SLI that for 700-750$

just kidding. POWER/NOISE/TEMP is where it's at. If you're satisfied with the performance of your existing cards there is no way you should change, unless POWER/NOISE/TEMP becomes an issue. OR, you like to play with new hardware/upgrade itch or want to bench better numbers....
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Haha yeah I knew someone would say something about that. The plan is to definitely SLI down the road.

I just want to be prepped for new games (GTA V, BF4, The Witcher, etc.)

These things definitely put out tons of heat and noise. Is there any unseen potential in the 7xx series that I might see from matured drivers or just games utilizing the newer architecture further down the road? I've been out of the GPU news for a little while and always come here before making a purchase of this magnitude just so I know what I'm getting myself into.
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That would depend entirely on how well (or bad) you are running games right now.
If you're rocking 25 FPS on your favourite games then yes it's worth it.
But if you're comfortable playing with what you've got then there's no point really =/
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Right now,

almost every card on the market comes with a minimum of 2GB of video ram. Most people will say that for a single monitor setup 2GB cards are good enough.

Two OPPOSED rumors to deal with when it comes to uncoming games:

-Next gen games will bea lot more optimized memory-wize, so them won't be memory hogs like older DX9/DX10 titles and the first DX11 ones...

-Next-Gen games will be using more video RAM (that's the PS4 / XBOX one theory....next console will have more than 2GB available and developers will code as such)...

WHO'S RIGHT????

My question: Are you memory-limited in your games right now? Your 480's are 1.28GB... you"re rocking a 3D monitor, do you need a 120 FPS frame rate for decent 3D? If so, you might need more firepower for the next games.

My 560TI's are 1GB cards and are still OK to play BF3 on High at 1920 X 1200...ram usage is 95%! I play at 60Hz/60 FPS V-SYNC though
Edited by delavan - 9/3/13 at 11:53am
post #6 of 7
I just made the jump from 470s in sli to a 780. In BF3, I could run a few things on high but kept them low for fps. Tons of heat. Now it feels like i'm cheating. 80-100 fps ultra multiplayer is pretty impressive.

If you want my honest opinion, wait a few till they come down a hundred or so. I will again anyways.
post #7 of 7
Going from:

GTX 580 > 580 SLI > 580 Tri-SLI > 580 SLI > 670 >780

By my counts, the 780 is the first card, so far, that actually feels like a substantial upgrade from a pair of 580's, which are only a tick or two faster than your 480's. With the 780, while having reduced heat, noise and power consumption is a great consortium of benefits, not having to deal with SLI (even though it arguably works MUCH better than Crossfire in my own personal experiences) was the greater advantage. Although you may see less fps here and there in some games, the overall gaming experience is significantly smoother, without needing to worry about driver bugs (even though they may be few and far between).

At the end of the day, it really comes down to if you can afford it, and if you really want it. While it is a big purchase, if this is your (main?) hobby, and you have a good, steady income, then it's just money - you'll get more in due time. This is especially true if you are looking to pair up 780's in the near future. biggrin.gif Justifying a purchase is really an emotional response - no amount of numbers or facts will deter you if that's what your heart truly desires. You only live once. thumb.gif

(Maybe that in a weird way is your justification right there.)
     
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