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In the middle of a build early 2013 I was called to service and have been gone for over a year.. Now I'm back and not sure what to choose for a graphics card.. This is a pretty high end system (at the time) lol.. I will list the comps below..

Asus Rampage IV Extreme
Core i7 3930k
16gb Corsair Dominator GT 2133mhz
Samsung 840 pro 256gb
3x 2TB WD black HDD

Additional Details: Everything water cooled - Will likely be a dual loop system
4x 480 radiators
2x Swiftech mcp655 pumps
Already have waterblocks mounted for cpu, ram, and chipset,

Based on the info above. Which graphics card should I go with? One suggestion I was given was to wait for Nvidia Maxwell. But to be honest, I hate to see all this hardware go to waste on waiting.. Perhaps if maxwell is release soon.

Edit: One Additional detail.. I have a triple monitor setup 3x asus vg248qe.
Edited by Thork - 3/9/14 at 1:26pm
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EVGA 780 Ti Classified Kingpin edition. biggrin.gif

Fastest single gpu available currently.
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780 Ti, 290X
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What those ^ guys said, although Maxwell has a slated release in about half a year or so. Depends if you can wait until then with a backup card or not.
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post #5 of 16
Sli 780ti or sli titan black editions will do that system wonders.
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Yeah go for a 780 ti kingpin or 290x lightning...with the edge going to the 780 ti.
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post #7 of 16
High end Maxwell more than likely will not be soon. No one truly knows, but most aren't betting on it. Your system posted will last you for awhile because other than GPUs, there isn't much in the way of notable performance increases happening.

The best cards right now since you are on water would be the 780 Ti Classified or Classified Kingpin. Both have unlocked voltage for core, memory, bus, and have PWM control which helps in stabilizing overclocks and can give a few speed bins extra. The Classifed is cheaper, has better overclocking memory in general, and comes with a decently binned core. You should hit 1300 minimum with it. The Kingpin cost more and comes with a bit better binned core, but the memory is a bit of crapshoot (it is samsung and still great though). You will hit 1400 minimum on those unless you have terrible luck.

Thank you for your service. thumb.gif
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies..

With my triple monitor setup, are there any games currently that could challenge the 780 Ti 3gb vram limit?
Which ever card I choose, I will be getting at least two of them.

BTW: My current video cards are 2x gtx580 3gb in sli... I had 3, but one died.
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Originally Posted by Thork View Post

Thanks for the replies..

With my triple monitor setup, are there any games currently that could challenge the 780 Ti 3gb vram limit?
Which ever card I choose, I will be getting at least two of them.

BTW: My current video cards are 2x gtx580 3gb in sli... I had 3, but one died.

If you use a lot of AA, you may hit the limit.

How did the 580 do running them with it's 3gb?
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Originally Posted by Thork View Post

Thanks for the replies..

With my triple monitor setup, are there any games currently that could challenge the 780 Ti 3gb vram limit?
Which ever card I choose, I will be getting at least two of them.

BTW: My current video cards are 2x gtx580 3gb in sli... I had 3, but one died.
3Gb won't bottleneck you in any game atm. If you aren't planning on upgrading to 1440p/4K monitors soon, you will be good with the 780 Ti. But if you want to switch to 1440p/4K you might want to consider a Titan Black.
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