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Hi guys!
So, I'm looking into a new graphics card (again) and will be using 3x1080p monitors, mostly in desktop mode for productivity, but I may try surround gaming as well.

I have my eye on the Asus GTX770 Direct CU II OC (GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5) for $350 (I am hoping to make $280 after selling included games)

But I am unsure if the 2GB will be enough.
I am not planning on 1440p, but having 3x1080p displays makes me wonder if I should be cursing with 3GB+ of vram, in which case I'd have my eyes on an HD7970/280x with 3GB vram which would be in the $330 price range.

I mostly play Final Fantasy 14 and Team Fortress 2, but may try BF4 to see what all the hype is about (but I do not want BF4 to be the deciding factor on what I get)

What are your thoughts? Would I be okay with the GTX770 2GB? It has a cool looking back plate and is rumored to be pretty darn quiet thumb.gif
Edited by Dragon-Emperor - 10/30/13 at 11:30am
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A 7950 or two will set you back under $200/a bit above $350. If it weren't for the memory bus being a bit limiting, I'd say go with a 770/680 if the price is good, but AMD has the better deals for low-end, high-bandwidth GPUs.
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I am starting to think my 3GB is too low for my single 1440p monitor. So I would say 2GB is crazy low!
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When you get into multiple displays linked via surround view or eyefinity I wouldn't use anything less than 3GB. I use two in desktop mode (and another two on my GTX520 so technically four but on different GPUs) and even if I have two separate 3D apps running on two monitors the 1.5GB on my 580 is enough provided I don't have much AA or detail running on the secondary window, but once you go beyond that...you got to have more than 2GB.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 10/30/13 at 11:36am
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some games without AA will be PERFECTLY FINE with 2GB, but some will need more. And i'm not saying that you will need the ENTIRE 3 or 4GB. No, you might only need 2.2 or 2.5GB, but that is STILL GREATER THAN 2GB, and the last thing you need to experience the super mega ultra annoying buffer locks caused by textures fighting for space in you video card's memory wheee.gif
    
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post #7 of 16
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It looks unanimous between all of you!
+ rep to all!
Sounds like while 2GB may do for some games/applications, there will be times when more than 2GB is needed and when such a time comes, I'd regret my decision and no longer feel like the cool, up-to-date-tech kid on the block doh.gif


Sounds like the R9 280X 3GB is the way to go!
Do any of you think it will be worth waiting a week to see if AMD lowers prices, or includes more games (R9 doesn't come with free games right now) in response to Nvidias recent price drop push?

Also, is the R9 280x Matrix worth it? or is it just an overclock I could do on my own someday, and some extra display ports? I could just use the 2x DVI and 1 DP for my 3 monitors with the regular R9 280x I think
Edited by Dragon-Emperor - 10/30/13 at 11:41am
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Surround with SLI is better than Eyefinity with Crossfire in my experience at this time.

Graphics cards manufacturers have always marketed that more vram was better. Its total BS.

Only a few games can push even 3GB of memory at this time and actually produce a playable frame rate, no matter the resolution. (gpus were just not powerful enough to take advantage)

I just switched from SLI 660gtx 2GB 1080p Surround to r280x 3GB single 1080p to prepare for new generation games.

I honestly think the best buy right now in gpus is the r280x (I bought the ASUS DCII TOP).

The games you mention would be right at home with 2GB vram- even when running trip lcds, cept BF4. I recommend BF4 as a try before you buy....at least in multi player. I hate running and running and running, only to be shot by a sniper or vehicle before I even get to the fight.
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Originally Posted by Dragon-EmperorΒ View Post

It looks unanimous between all of you!
+ rep to all!
Sounds like while 2GB may do for some games/applications, there will be times when more than 2GB is needed and when such a time comes, I'd regret my decision and no longer feel like the cool, up-to-date-tech kid on the block doh.gif


Sounds like the R9 280X 3GB is the way to go!
Do any of you think it will be worth waiting a week to see if AMD lowers prices, or includes more games (R9 doesn't come with free games right now) in response to Nvidias recent price drop push?

the older dc2 HD 7970 comes with the 3 slot cooler which keeps very low temps and noise . game bundle . $280 (260 after mir). unlocked voltage. you have to use asus gpu tweak to do voltage overclocking

http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=68755&vpn=HD7970-DC2-3GD5&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1145
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A 7950 or two will set you back under $200/a bit above $350. If it weren't for the memory bus being a bit limiting, I'd say go with a 770/680 if the price is good, but AMD has the better deals for low-end, high-bandwidth GPUs.

It's not limited by the memory bus, 256bit is fine for 2GB or 4GB configurations. From what I have read about this it's the bandwidth that matters and not how many bits the bus is, and a 770 has enough bandwidth (224.3GB/sec) to deal with more than 2GB of VRAM.

basically

multiples of 2 (e.g. GTX770):
2GB/4GB cards - 256 bit

multiples of 3 (e.g. HD7970 / GTX titan):
3GB/6GB cards - 384 bit

multiples of 4 (e.g. R9 290x)
4GB/8GB cards - 512 bit


then for example more odd ones like my GTX 570 is 320 bit for 1.25GB/2.5GB/5GB (if there was a 5GB version which there isn't, but if there was it would use a 320bit bus)
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