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I am debating upgrading my GPU's ... Currently I am wanting to play maxed out with no fps probs (constant 60+) in any game currently available.


I can get another GTX680 for half the price of a GTX780Ti or I can drop my old 680 (which I just water cooled) for a 780Ti



What would you guys suggest ? ... (I am gaming at 1200P and am looking for a second monitor)



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Hey all


I am debating upgrading my GPU's ... Currently I am wanting to play maxed out with no fps probs (constant 60+) in any game currently available.


I can get another GTX680 for half the price of a GTX780Ti or I can drop my old 680 (which I just water cooled) for a 780Ti



What would you guys suggest ? ... (I am gaming at 1200P and am looking for a second monitor)



Regards

That's a tough spot to be in, because you would have to watercool the other 680, or at least I would think you would, since the original is WC already. I would probably go for the 780 Ti. If you hadn't watercooled the 680, it would be more worth it to get a used 680 for cheap, but with the cost of a block, I wouldn't do it UNLESS you can find a watercooled 680 used for a good price.

You would get better performance in games with good SLI scaling than a Reference 780 Ti that isn't OC'd, but for the most part the 780 Ti would do better in games that have lackluster SLI scaling, and even games that do when the 780 Ti is OC'd, assuming it's a good overclocker.

There are a lot of variables, but for future use, I would go with the 780 Ti. Otherwise, wait for Maxwell and pick up a watercooled 680 on ebay.
    
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That's a tough spot to be in, because you would have to watercool the other 680, or at least I would think you would, since the original is WC already. I would probably go for the 780 Ti. If you hadn't watercooled the 680, it would be more worth it to get a used 680 for cheap, but with the cost of a block, I wouldn't do it UNLESS you can find a watercooled 680 used for a good price.

You would get better performance in games with good SLI scaling than a Reference 780 Ti that isn't OC'd, but for the most part the 780 Ti would do better in games that have lackluster SLI scaling, and even games that do when the 780 Ti is OC'd, assuming it's a good overclocker.

There are a lot of variables, but for future use, I would go with the 780 Ti. Otherwise, wait for Maxwell and pick up a watercooled 680 on ebay.


When is Maxwell coming ? ... ... I have been a bit out of the loop so to speak ...


I will see if i can get a second hand 680 somewhere ... I mean it will help for the mean time .. ... I am looking for a 680 that has a "custom cooler" it wont run as cold as the WC'd one but it will at least be better than when I had my 680 on air as it was a ref design ...

How would a 2GB card in SLI handle higher resolutions (1200p or dual 1200p) .. ... Would it be a waste ?
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I am in a somewhat similar position.

I am running 1080p on two 670 FTWs 2GB, and I can't decide if I should watercool them (currently temps are awful) or replace them. I already have a custom loop for my CPU so I'm kinda obliged to watercool my GPU(s), otherwise the loop was a waste of money as an AIO would suffice for 1/3 of the price. Here are my thoughts:

- The 2GB of VRAM isn't that much of a limit with this amount of horsepower. The utilization percentage comes close to 100% on both cards without having high AA set up, so I think processing power is more restricting than VRAM in this situation. The same goes for a single 780Ti IMO. So the extra VRAM on the 780Ti isn't anything big for you/me.

- The 780Ti doesn't outperform our setups by much so the processing power isn't anything big for us neither.

So all in all the gains don't justify the money.

The 800 series (Maxwell) is expected to be released sometime this year (probably late) and judging by the 750 Ti it will be awesome. I would like to hold on to my 670s until the 880 but their resale value will be very low by then. I don't know, too many decisions...
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