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single 780 heres why.... you can sli later

crossfire or sli is not recommended as an upgrade path when changing gpus, just get the most powerful single card you can afford and sli or crossfire when you need more power. also wait for amd to release because hopefully nividia prices will drop (not by much (those greedy bastards))
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single 780 heres why.... you can sli later

crossfire or sli is not recommended as an upgrade path when changing gpus, just get the most powerful single card you can afford and sli or crossfire when you need more power. also wait for amd to release because hopefully nividia prices will drop (not by much (those greedy bastards))
Buying Nvidia after the release wouldn't be a good choice even if the prices drop simply due to the fact Nvidia has a larger die therefore pays more and can only drop so much.

PhysX is really overrated and the extra graphics it creates aren't even good looking actually I find fake dirt and rubble annoying (Metro LL with shooting something did this really bad)

About the post of it not beating a Titan, Mantle might change that for BF4.
Also the leaked non confirmed benches show boost vs boost with Titan going ~950/1000 and 290x going 1020 and the 290x winning meaning clock for clock they are about equal which is great with such a small die.
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Interesting comments thus far, thanks guys. I'm going to wait until about Christmas time to pull the trigger on a graphics card upgrade. I see the point of getting a single card and then Crossfire/SLI later. Is everyone on the same boat on this? Personally I do prefer a single card build, for simplicity.
    
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Interesting comments thus far, thanks guys. I'm going to wait until about Christmas time to pull the trigger on a graphics card upgrade. I see the point of getting a single card and then Crossfire/SLI later. Is everyone on the same boat on this? Personally I do prefer a single card build, for simplicity.

Hi Gib, nice to see you again!smile.gif


Did you feel you had pretty good performance with 570 sli, except for the vram thing?

A single GTX 780 will be faster than that along with a very generous vram amount in 3gb. Also your minimum FPS will be improved upon with a single 780 vs 570 sli.

I think Christmas will be a good time to buy, because by then the new AMD cards will come out and then you can make a more informed decision.
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Hi Gib, nice to see you again!smile.gif


Did you feel you had pretty good performance with 570 sli, except for the vram thing?

A single GTX 780 will be faster than that along with a very generous vram amount in 3gb. Also your minimum FPS will be improved upon with a single 780 vs 570 sli.

I think Christmas will be a good time to buy, because by then the new AMD cards will come out and then you can make a more informed decision.

Nice to see again you too man! wink.gif

Indeed, the 570 SLI has been good to me, besides the sudden death of one of the twins. Still though, I'm lucky I can RMA it. At least that'll keep my 570 SLI going until I upgrade it soon enough. So the consensus seems to be to wait for AMD's release and check them out before doing anything, which is good advice. Then of course I can make a more informed decision and even then the consensus there seems to be to buy the best single card I can afford and then SLI it with another a year down the line, am I right?

I admit I do prefer the idea of having one card to two, even if I again end up with CrossfireX/SLI down the line. I just can't wait far too long to buy a second card. Look at my MSI GTX 570 Twin Frozr III - I can't find them anywhere in the UK anymore and it's been just under two years since I bought them. I'd have to wait for a good card of the GPU I want, buy that and then a year or so later get a second one, avoiding losing the opportunity due to lack of stock in the future.

I think CPU-wise and RAM-wise I'm covered with that I have. Gaming-wise I don't see the benefits of upgrading those, no?
I do however have to say my motherboard has PCI-Express 2.0 slots, not 3.0. Would this adversely affect performance on a new card (pair of cards) that are PCI-Express 3.0?
I highly doubt it myself since these things are more marketing than anything, but experience is welcome.
    
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