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First build, which gtx 680 should I get?

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May 25, 2013 3:37:04 AM

I've been scouring the forums for a few days, but decided that since things get outdated so quickly I should just make an account and seek help directly.

I've decided on a 680 because I am going to be doing surround gaming, but there are so many different models and I am unsure which is best for me. I'm leaning away from EVGA since I hear their fans are terrible. I'm thinking possibly the link below because its reviews are excellent and it has 4GB (which I'm not sure is needed, but it sounds worth it).

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This is my first build and I'm a bit overwhelmed from all the different choices. Money isn't REALLY a problem (if it's more expensive I can just wait for another payday), but obviously if a superior card is cheaper that would be great.

My other parts that are picked out so far (yet not necessarily set in stone)
Mobo: ASUS-P8Z77-V Deluxe (overkill, but chosen because it comes with ram)
Ram: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3 (matching the free one)
CPU: I5-3570K
SSD: Samsung 840 250GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3TB

If you have any additional comments on the other pieces feel free to add them, thanks.

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May 25, 2013 3:47:12 AM

The 680 is a waste of money, the 670 does the same thing for alot less, and the 7970 is faster for the same money. If you are spending the cash on a 4GB (also useless) 680 then you might as well just spend the extra on the 780.
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May 25, 2013 3:55:47 AM

^ Could n't agree more.
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May 25, 2013 3:59:54 AM

Now while I am an Nvidia fanboy, I have to say that you are not making the best choice vis a vis bang for the buck. A better choice would be AMD 7970. It is a matter of preference, but for gaming the 7970 outperforms the GTX 680 in a dollar for dollar competition. Here are my suggestions for GTX 680: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

And here are my suggestions for AMD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

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May 25, 2013 4:02:00 AM

cookybiscuit said:
The 680 is a waste of money, the 670 does the same thing for alot less, and the 7970 is faster for the same money. If you are spending the cash on a 4GB (also useless) 680 then you might as well just spend the extra on the 780.


chesteracorgi said:
Now while I am an Nvidia fanboy, I have to say that you are not making the best choice vis a vis bang for the buck. A better choice would be AMD 7970. It is a matter of preference, but for gaming the 7970 outperforms the GTX 680 in a dollar for dollar competition. Here are my suggestions for GTX 680: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

And here are my suggestions for AMD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...



+1 to both. I wouldn't recommend the 6GB Vapor-X or XFX 7970s, however.
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May 25, 2013 4:02:05 AM

And I agree with the comments on the GTX 670 and GTX 780. he 670 is a better value and the 780 is the choice for power if you stay with Nvidia.
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May 25, 2013 4:09:45 AM

Guess I'll have to look into it more. /sigh one step farther from my computer lol.

And as for the Nvidia vs AMD I read that Project Shield will only be able to play your steam games if you have a Nvidia GPU. Since I will probably will be getting a Shield I would like the option to be available.
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May 25, 2013 4:13:47 AM

Hadarace said:
Guess I'll have to look into it more. /sigh one step farther from my computer lol.

And as for the Nvidia vs AMD I read that Project Shield will only be able to play your steam games if you have a Nvidia GPU. Since I will probably will be getting a Shield I would like the option to be available.


That's the downside of doing the research and getting the most optimal parts: it takes time. It's definitely worth it in the end, however.

In that case, an overclocked 670 (or, potentially, one of the soon to be released lower-tier 700s, if they have good price-to-power) is a more efficient choice, while a 780 is a drastically more powerful choice.
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May 25, 2013 4:16:46 AM

Buy the new 780 or 2 670.They have better performance.Also,
OVERCLOCK YOUR CPU AT LEAST 0.8ghz BECAUSE THE 680 AND THE SURROUND ENVIROMENT WILL REQUIRE A LOT OF CPU PERFORMANCE
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May 25, 2013 4:25:12 AM

All of the above are really good advice, but by all means you should wait only 5 more days for the GTX 770 release to see what that adds to the table, either better card at a lower price or at least a lower price for the 600 series all together by that time.

680 is meaningless, i think you either get the 670, the 770 or the 780, also more than 3 GB vRAM for 3 monitors gaming is not very much useful unless you are not going to pay extra money for it, which at this point like indicated above you could allocate the extra money to up your card.

If you go the 7970 route which is still the best choice as of today (maybe not in 5 days after the 770 is released) for the value it delivers, go with the 3GB VAPOR-X GHz edition if you want ONLY 3 monitors tops and a voltage unlocked card or go with the Gigabyte GHZ edition if you ever think about connecting a Fourth monitor to it in the future because it has 2 DP which can support of up to 4 monitors running simultaneously off the card but it has a locked voltage which is still more than enough for 1200Mhz+ because it comes with a stock voltage of 1.256 which is really all you need as above that the card gets hotter, with higher fan profile and much more noise than needed be.

In all cases remember that if your monitors are not Native Displayport monitors, with AMD cards you would need 1 Active DP adapter for every extra monitor above the first two as only two monitors can be connected with passive adapters, these cables do not come cheap and are never included in any card's retail box, so you would need to account for their price when doing your price comparisons.



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June 29, 2013 6:16:44 AM

Been a while, but I just ordered one. I went with the Gtx 780 SC with ACX cooler. Took forever to get it because it was always sold out and came in stock while I was asleep (3rd shift).
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