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First PC Build; GTX 780 vs 770 SLI

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June 20, 2013 6:09:27 PM

I recently came into some money so price isn't an issue, however I would still like a good bang for my buck, so to speak. I'm looking at the following cards and prices:

- EVGA GTX 780 SC ACX @ $680.00
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- Gigabyte GTX 770 OC x2 (SLI) @ $790.00

There's a $110 price difference, and on average a 12-20 fps difference. Playing at 1080p I want to max out the latest games such as Far Cry 3, Metro Last Light and Crysis 3 and upcoming next gen games, which are going to be more demanding probably.

I mainly want to future proof myself, but I've heard SLI today is still a hassle and then there's microstutter. Responses from anyone with Gtx 600 and 700 SLI experiences is also much appreciated.

*EDIT* I also wanted to add I'm trying to maintain as close to 60fps as possible with the games mentioned and w/ future games.

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June 20, 2013 6:15:10 PM

An SLI GTX 770 will absolutely destroy a GTX 780, I hope that answers your question
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June 20, 2013 6:16:15 PM

Gaming above 1080 or multiple displays then go with the 780, otherwise single 1080 display or below the 770 will be fine. Either card is overkill right now in SLI unless you just have alot of money to blow. I have the EVGA 780 ACX and love it, well worth the money. I came from a 3Gb 580 and gained 45 fps in BF3 at 2560 x 1600 ultra settings. My rule has always been go with the best single gpu you can afford dont cut corners. Get a good 256Gb SSD or 512Gb with the rest. 4770K would work too.
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June 20, 2013 6:19:06 PM

BigMack70 said:
Power supply? CPU? I'd probably say 770 SLI for 1080p

I'll be running with a XFX 850 gold, 3770k and Z77 UD3H.

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June 20, 2013 6:22:13 PM

Constant 60fps in Crysis 3 and Metro Last light will require SLI
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June 20, 2013 6:23:26 PM

soldier44 said:
Gaming above 1080 or multiple displays then go with the 780, otherwise single 1080 display or below the 770 will be fine. Either card is overkill right now in SLI unless you just have alot of money to blow. I have the EVGA 780 ACX and love it, well worth the money. I came from a 3Gb 580 and gained 45 fps in BF3 at 2560 x 1600 ultra settings. My rule has always been go with the best single gpu you can afford dont cut corners. Get a good 256Gb SSD or 512Gb with the rest. 4770K would work too.


Except the 780 acx when overclocked still only hits 55 fps on average for a demanding game like Crysis 3 when maxxed out. And that is for a CURRENT gen game that's lead development platform (Xbox 360) is based on 8 year old mid-high PC hardware. How will that card fare 1 year into the PS4 and Xbox One's lifecycle ?
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June 20, 2013 6:28:47 PM

BigMack70 said:
rehabveteran said:
BigMack70 said:
Power supply? CPU? I'd probably say 770 SLI for 1080p

I'll be running with a XFX 850 gold, 3770k and Z77 UD3H.



Yeah 770 SLI is best for you I think


Any significant downsides to SLI for a card like that nowadays ? I know for older games I can disable one 770 if SLI is not supported and still get 60+ fps, but going forward will I be dealing with microstutter on a noticeable level ? I follow pcper and their frame rating tech, so I know SLI with 700 series isn't too bad atm. How does your rig fare ?
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June 20, 2013 6:30:52 PM

I was in your same situation: one big card or scale 2 cards. I had a big case with lots of airflow (though I put them both on water blocks anyways) lots of power etc and ended scaling 2 cards just because I could and like learning new things.

If the consensus is that this single 780 is going to stick around on the market for awhile get one (1), and see how well it works, maybe after a year or so it gets challenged by a new game, the price will have dropped some and you still have plenty of cash to drop on the 2nd one.
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June 20, 2013 6:32:33 PM

BigMack70 said:
Crysis 3 ultra on PC is equivalent to early console next gen, I dunno what you're thinking there.


I guess that's what I was thinking. I just would hate to put down 3k on my PC now to find in 2 years I'm sitting at 35 fps all over again.
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July 9, 2013 8:09:38 PM

BigMack70 said:
I've had no real issues with SLI on my rig. It's not quite as free from stuttering as a single card but it's not a problem. It's nowhere near the hassle that crossfire is.


Hi. I am in the same dilemma but I actually have a 780 SC ACX in hand. I've only a few days to return it(by July 15) and I'm getti some thoughts of regret. I am looking at the diff. versions of the 770 and really think it is worth it's price. Everyone told me to keep it as I already have it, but without it i could upgrade other parts. If I get one, I will keep it for probably the end of BF4, and then, maybe SLI it, or get a AMD card. Is it worth $660 compared to a $450 770 that is different in about 10-15 FPS?
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July 10, 2013 6:16:07 AM

BigMack70 said:
I think it depends on what resolution you are playing at. If you are playing at resolution higher than 1080p, keep the 780 IMO. If not, then the 780 isn't really worth the money and you should get the 770 so long as you won't lose any money returning your 780.

Just my thoughts.

Alright. I will be running on a 1080p monitor. But do you think that the 780 wil be better for the long run(like until the end of BF4)? Or SLI 770s(they perform so much better (like 120FPS compared to 90FPS) I know that SLI has little-to-no problems unlike XFIRE, I will care about the temps a bit, as I think that the custom coolers on the 770 run it about max 65degreescelcius and also the noise levels won't be much of a problem? Can we PM?
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November 4, 2013 11:32:01 PM

Everyone seems to be pushing hard on the SLI front. My experience is that it really isn't all that good if you use it for gaming alone. keeping games above 60 fps? what on earth for? 30 fps is playable and anything above 40 is even better. 3d on a single or multiple monitors calls for SLI. Running multiple monitors and the best option is having your main card run your main monitor and a secondary, much much much less powerful and expensive card run your second and possible third monitors and dedicate it to physx. It makes a noticeable increase in performance and much less power/money hungry.

With regard to temperature, my 770 sits on about 70 degrees under full load and thats with my 560ti right underneath it. Thats pretty good temps really and I would be satisfied with anything up to 80.
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