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Hi all,

If you look at my signature you can see I am running on technology that is about a year old. It has been fine as I have been gaming on a single 24" monitor and I truly have not seen a need to upgrade my system. However, the time has come. I feel that the PG278Q is going to be must have for me.

While I would love to go all out and splurge on a new system, I think that I can re-purpose my existing hardware and buy a new GPU(s).. Trust me, the wife agrees. :-(

Ugrades I am adding include the following.

Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB SSD
Logitech G930 7.1 channel headset
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Elite (2014)
Razer Orbweaver Elite
Razer Ourboros Wireless Mouse
ROG Swift PG278Q (April)

My question to the community is related to the GPU(s). I am buying EVGA so I can hopefully step-up to the new Maxwell GPU at some point. My budget is ~$850.

Do I buy a Kingpin, Superclocked 780ti and use my GTX 680 for physX
Do I sell the GTX 680 and buy two 770s? 780s?
Or do pull the trigger on a Titan (seems like a bad decision to me)

Anyways, I would like to get the best bang for the buck. Ultimately I want the best FPS without going over my budget. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
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PG278Q means you're running at 1440p, you'll want the equivalent of at least one GTX 780 to enjoy that resolution at decent frame rates, imo.

At the same time, that monitor can display up to 144 frames per second unlike most monitors that cap out at 60.

Now, if you'd like to take advantage of the really high frame rates then SLI is a must - specifically minimum of GTX 780 SLI, imo.

Ignore Titan completely.

The monitor is G-Sync, an NVIDIA-only feature so let's assume that you want to use that feature because it's awesome, leaving us with 2 options: SLI 780, SLI 780 Ti

You could just have one 780 or 780 ti and add a second for when you want to go for higher frame rates, imo the 780 is at a great price point and 2 of them destroys practically everything at 1440p even at really high frame rates (you don't need as much Anti-Aliasing settings at 1440p).

So grab 2x 780. Given your case it might be better to go for the reference design blower coolers due to space limitations

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-SuperClocked-Dual-Link-Graphics-03G-P4-2783-KR/dp/B00CTY84KI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1394251106&sr=8-3&keywords=EVGA+GTX+780

Total price is 2*$530 = $1060

Edit: I know that's 24% higher than budget but since you brought up Titan I assumed you could hit around the $1000 mark.

At 850 you're stuck with single 780 Ti or double 770, where it's better to be with double 780 for a bit more $
Edited by Yukla - 3/7/14 at 8:02pm
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I am definitely ok with selling my GTX 680 and buying two reference 780s to hit the high frame rate. However, I thought G-sync benefits were noticeable when gaming anywhere from 30-60fps. I guess 'noticeable' does not mean that G-sync is not providing a benefit.

Thanks for the feedback.
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Dont quote me on this, but I read somewhere that achieving the 60+Hz (up to 144) IS because of the gsync module? Article I read a while ago on this might be wrong or I dreamt it up, but I cant help but remember that.

In any case, GSync should still help in something like a scene where your CPU bottlenecks you down to below 60 for a few seconds? Should mitigate tearing and stuff.
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