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What graphics card would work better with an i7-3930k CPU?

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June 14, 2013 8:27:00 PM

I am building a gaming PC and I was wondering what GPU would be better for the 3930k, a GTX 770 or a GTX 780. Both are superclocked, I just want to know what would compliment my processor better.
June 14, 2013 8:29:42 PM

The GTX 780 will compliment your processor better, the GTX 770 will complement your wallet better...
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June 14, 2013 8:58:48 PM

Zenkor said:
The GTX 780 will compliment your processor better, the GTX 770 will complement your wallet better...


Yes I have seen this indeed, do you think the price matches the power of the 780 though?
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June 14, 2013 8:59:14 PM

As far as gaming goes the whole point of LGA 2011 is multiple high end graphics cards. 2, 3 or even 4 GTX Titans or GTX 780s. Even with 2 cards LGA 1155 or 1150 makes more sense. Unless you mostly use the computer for rendering or encoding and actually can use the 6 cores for something.
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June 14, 2013 9:02:19 PM

Random_Hero59 said:
Zenkor said:
The GTX 780 will compliment your processor better, the GTX 770 will complement your wallet better...


Yes I have seen this indeed, do you think the price matches the power of the 780 though?


A good GTX 780 like the EVGA ACX cooled super clocked model equals or even beats Titan in some benchmarks. Not bad for a $650 card when Titan is $1050. The EVGA 780 will be my next card.
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June 14, 2013 9:05:02 PM

anort3 said:
Random_Hero59 said:
Zenkor said:
The GTX 780 will compliment your processor better, the GTX 770 will complement your wallet better...


Yes I have seen this indeed, do you think the price matches the power of the 780 though?


A good GTX 780 like the EVGA ACX cooled super clocked model equals or even beats Titan in some benchmarks. Not bad for a $650 card when Titan is $1050. The EVGA 780 will be my next card.


So should I spend that extra dough for the 780 you think?
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June 14, 2013 9:07:17 PM

The 780 is probably at best 25% faster than that 770. If you're seriously considering spending $650 on a video card, 770 SLI is only $150 away. What resolution are you running at?
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June 14, 2013 9:09:11 PM

Random_Hero59 said:
anort3 said:
Random_Hero59 said:
Zenkor said:
The GTX 780 will compliment your processor better, the GTX 770 will complement your wallet better...


Yes I have seen this indeed, do you think the price matches the power of the 780 though?


A good GTX 780 like the EVGA ACX cooled super clocked model equals or even beats Titan in some benchmarks. Not bad for a $650 card when Titan is $1050. The EVGA 780 will be my next card.


So should I spend that extra dough for the 780 you think?


If you are already invested in an LGA 2011 setup get the 780. The rule for a balanced gaming computer is to spend twice as much on a GPU as you spent on the CPU.
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June 14, 2013 9:11:01 PM

Zenkor said:
The 780 is probably at best 25% faster than that 770. If you're seriously considering spending $650 on a video card, 770 SLI is only $150 away. What resolution are you running at?


A single more powerful card is almost always better than a multi card setup. No micro stuttering and no worrying about games not supporting Sli/Crossfire.
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June 14, 2013 9:13:26 PM

anort3 said:
Random_Hero59 said:
anort3 said:
Random_Hero59 said:
Zenkor said:
The GTX 780 will compliment your processor better, the GTX 770 will complement your wallet better...


Yes I have seen this indeed, do you think the price matches the power of the 780 though?


A good GTX 780 like the EVGA ACX cooled super clocked model equals or even beats Titan in some benchmarks. Not bad for a $650 card when Titan is $1050. The EVGA 780 will be my next card.


So should I spend that extra dough for the 780 you think?


If you are already invested in an LGA 2011 setup get the 780. The rule for a balanced gaming computer is to spend twice as much on a GPU as you spent on the CPU.


That's one hell of a formula for a balanced PC but is it worth every bit of it's $660 price tag? I just don't want to get it and it only be meh, you know what I mean?
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June 14, 2013 9:16:49 PM

What video card do you have now?
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June 14, 2013 9:18:10 PM

Zenkor said:
What video card do you have now?


The PC is in progress, I don't have a graphics card to speak of for it right now.
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June 14, 2013 9:23:28 PM

Well a 770 is basically a 680 with faster ram on it, so if I were you I would buy one, if it isn't fast enough save up another $400 and get another one and you have something faster than a 690 for $200 less. If it still isn't fast enough you can get a 3rd one and it would still be cheaper than 2x 780s.
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June 14, 2013 9:25:50 PM

Zenkor said:
Well a 770 is basically a 680 with faster ram on it, so if I were you I would buy one, if it isn't fast enough save up another $400 and get another one and you have something faster than a 690 for $200 less. If it still isn't fast enough you can get a 3rd one and it would still be cheaper than 2x 780s.


Yeah but I really don't want to SLI so I am most likely going to buy the SC 780.
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June 14, 2013 9:29:23 PM

The 780 is the only single card besides Titan that can max every game out right now including Crysis 3. At 1920 x 1080 the 770 is probably fine but the higher memory bandwidth of the 780 allows it to blow the 770 away at higher resolutions. Even then at 1920 x 1080 the 780 can max Crysis 3 and nothing else can with all the eye candy turned on. You need 2 cards to max it at higher resolutions. And as I said it's always better to go with a single more powerful card over a multi GPU setup.
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June 14, 2013 9:29:48 PM

What is your resolution?
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June 14, 2013 9:33:03 PM

Trust me it hurts like hell to blow $650 on a graphics card. But it's what matches my 2600K and that 2 to 1 formula for graphics to CPU is not something I made up. It's generally recognized by all the gaming expert sites as the way to get the best experience.
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June 14, 2013 9:43:34 PM

anort3 said:
Trust me it hurts like hell to blow $650 on a graphics card. But it's what matches my 2600K and that 2 to 1 formula for graphics to CPU is not something I made up. It's generally recognized by all the gaming expert sites as the way to get the best experience.


Thank you good sir, you have been a great deal of help. Again, thank you.
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June 14, 2013 9:47:45 PM

Here are some benchmarks. I know you guys don't like SLI, which is fine. I really started believing in SLI when I got a pair of GTX 580s which still play everything on ultra and I've had no issues with the setup. These are not the days of the 6800 ultra anymore with tons of compatibility problems and micro stuttering. I generally agree that a single card is better, but $250 is a big premium for the amount of performance gain.

http://www.techoftomorrow.com/2013/pc/nvidia-geforce-gt...
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