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GTX 680 CLASSIFIED and i7 3770k or GTX 670 SLI and i5 3570k?

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May 6, 2013 9:17:59 PM

Hi guys, I've been having some trouble on deciding whether to go with a single or multi card solution. So the deal for me is go with a beefed up gtx 680 with 4gb of vram and a 1111mhz stock clock speed, and get an i7 to go along with it, or get two of your run of the mill gtx 670's with only 2 gb of vram and pick up an i5 3570k with it instead of the i7. Right now i only have one 1080p monitor, but i'm gonna want more at some point in the future, which is what slightly draws me away from having cards with 2 gigs of ram. Also, everyone says that games in the near future will use more than 2gb or vram, so that sorta scares me. My other option is to get 2 770's when they come out or a single 780 because they will obviously be better for the money (or at least the 770, i've heard numerous prices thrown around for the 780), but the wait is killing me because i've been waiting a year to build my first gaming pc. What should i do? I greatly appreciate everyone's help in advance, thanks guys :D 
May 6, 2013 9:32:51 PM

Caliaton said:
Hi guys, I've been having some trouble on deciding whether to go with a single or multi card solution. So the deal for me is go with a beefed up gtx 680 with 4gb of vram and a 1111mhz stock clock speed, and get an i7 to go along with it, or get two of your run of the mill gtx 670's with only 2 gb of vram and pick up an i5 3570k with it instead of the i7. Right now i only have one 1080p monitor, but i'm gonna want more at some point in the future, which is what slightly draws me away from having cards with 2 gigs of ram. Also, everyone says that games in the near future will use more than 2gb or vram, so that sorta scares me. My other option is to get 2 770's when they come out or a single 780 because they will obviously be better for the money (or at least the 770, i've heard numerous prices thrown around for the 780), but the wait is killing me because i've been waiting a year to build my first gaming pc. What should i do? I greatly appreciate everyone's help in advance, thanks guys :D 


670 SLI All day compared to a 680 for gaming. 2GB of VRAM may become a limiting factor in the next year or two, but two 2gb cards will outperform a single 680 in almost every scenario. Though if you're ramping up the resolution, be patient, wait another month or so, and get 2 770's for sure. With enough VRAM it'll be like getting 2 4gb 680's. If I were you I'd wait. You'd only ever need the i7 for video editing by the way, if you are only gaming, an i5 is plenty.
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May 6, 2013 9:36:16 PM

A 680 and 670 have a 5% discrepancy (if that), and a 3770k offers no benefit what so ever in terms of gaming performance over a 3570k. The choice is pretty obvious.

Also. Just wait, Intel is releasing new crap in a month, and it seems there may be new GPU's in the next month too. You say you've waited a year, it might pay off to wait a little more.
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May 6, 2013 9:37:40 PM

Also, before anyone responds with "Get a 7970" I'd just like to point out I don't think manufacturers are the issue here, rather that generation differences are. In any case, newer is almost always better, though, if you should choose, 2 7970's would be a good solution too.
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May 6, 2013 9:41:03 PM

I've heard quite a lot about these new "haswell" processors. When are they going to be coming out and will they be more expensive?
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May 6, 2013 10:51:59 PM

mclovits said:
Also, before anyone responds with "Get a 7970" I'd just like to point out I don't think manufacturers are the issue here, rather that generation differences are. In any case, newer is almost always better, though, if you should choose, 2 7970's would be a good solution too.


Problem is I really got scared away from xfire after all the issues that people have been having.
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May 6, 2013 10:59:48 PM

Twin Asus 670 DCII OG in a heartbeat.

However, keep in mind that there will be new CPus and GPUs in a month .... though figure 2-3 months before we see the best non-reference GPUs and the CPU productions lines start putting out a high % of CPUs w/ greater OC ability. In initial productions runs, a smaller % of CPUs / GPUs turn out to be the great overclockers .... as the production lines improve, the % increases ..... it's also a while before all the super tweaked MoBos hit the streets.
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May 15, 2013 10:52:28 PM

for the record you can flash the 6xx cards into 7xx cards with new bioses. so you can hardly consider nvidia coming out with "new" cards except for the 780.... kinda(dumbed down titan).

except for maybe vram
760ti =670
770 = 680
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May 17, 2013 12:31:15 AM

cbrunnem said:
for the record you can flash the 6xx cards into 7xx cards with new bioses. so you can hardly consider nvidia coming out with "new" cards except for the 780.... kinda(dumbed down titan).

except for maybe vram
760ti =670
770 = 680


Ya since it's a Kepler refresh the cards will basically be the same, but, if he's raising the resolution, more VRAM and some of Nvidia's new features such as GPU Boost 2.0 may be of some benefit, should be just a few days before we see what they've been planning.
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