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So, I got rid of my GTX 480's because it was going to be a pain to find waterblocks for them and I felt it would be worth it just to throw in a little more money and get some newer cards. I was thinking about getting the GTX 770's because they are a couple hundred less than the 780. It would cost about the same to get SLI 780's or Tri SLi 770's and I would rather have 3 cards. Do you guys think that the 770's are worth it or would you suggest a different card? I'm planning on getting a STH10 or TX-10 so I will have room for extreme liquid cooling so I am looking for the best card for water cooling too. Example, if i were to go with the 770, would you suggest getting the ASUS DirectCU II OC or an EVGA one? Just wondering what you guys thought would be a good update of graphics, I'm going for absolute best performance by the way, I don't give a **** about efficiency. You should be able to tell that by the fact that I had 3 GTX 480's tongue.gif

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By all means if you want tri-SLI 770s go for it! and I'd suggest the Evga cards though just because.

I'm currently thinking about going tri-SLI/trifire for my next machine thumb.gif
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Which EVGA card would you suggest and why? I've heard that EVGA cheapens the VRM's on their cards except for the Classified editions. I also need to make sure that the card I pick has a water block made by a big manufacturer. One of the reasons I got rid of the 480's was the difficulty to find matching waterblocks, I don't want the same problem because I buy 770's with non reference design PCBs.
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Which EVGA card would you suggest and why? I've heard that EVGA cheapens the VRM's on their cards except for the Classified editions. I also need to make sure that the card I pick has a water block made by a big manufacturer. One of the reasons I got rid of the 480's was the difficulty to find matching waterblocks, I don't want the same problem because I buy 770's with non reference design PCBs.

do not get 3 770's! What's your next move after that? By the time you reach any sort of horsepower issues, you'd already have run into VRAM issues.

Get TWO 780's. Two 780's are just as fast, if not faster than tri-770's. Then, when the horsepower isn't enough on the SLI 780's, you can just add a third WAY down the road.

Get two 780's, much better experience that starting off with 3 GPU's.

EDIT: Looking around at more benchmarks around the site, the SLI 780's are the better buy.....they're better performers, and you're better off OC'ing 2 GPU's rather than taking your luck OC'ing 3
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I'm pretty sure that Tri-Sli 770's would outperform SLI 780's but not by much. Having only 2gb of VRAM was something that I was concerned about but I don't like multimonitor gaming and 2gb is a decent bit at single monitor 1080p gaming...

I'm trying to get a little more performance than I had with the tri sli gtx 480's, but have newer cards so that water blocks are easier to find, etc...
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It has been said time and time again that 2GB is just barely enough and that 3GB even on one monitor is the sweet spot. I do not think 3 770s are going to be faster than 2 780s but think about the costs. You have to buy 3 $100+ water blocks vs 2. Any game that has scaling issues will be much slower on the 770 than on the 780.

The 770 is just a 680...

http://www.overclockers.com/evga-gtx-780-classified-acx-graphics-card-review/

According to this faster than a Titan even before OCing it.

GTX 780 ACX = Cost $660/ea plus $120/block = $1560

GTX 770 = $400/ea plus $120/block = $1560

When I look at benchmarks if we give 100% scaling to the 770x3 and the 780x2 all the benchmarks come in favor of the 780 or are nearly equal to each other. You will not have 100% scaling so I would imagine the 780 would take an even bigger lead. Also remember that most motherboards will not be able to run the 3rd card at as high of a PCIe speed as the first 2 cards are running and that usually has a small but measureable effect (I think around 10%).

Also if those GPU blocks cost more than $120 then you will be paying more for the 770. Also the 780 will have 3GB of ram.
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