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July 1, 2013 4:14:53 PM

I'm in dire need of a new video card and I want to go with the gtx 690 found here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm wondering if it will work well with the rest of my current setup, which is:

3.2 Ghz Intel i7 965
Gigabyte EX58-UD4P
24 Gigs RAM

Not sure what other info may be needed, please let me know.
Thanks in advance for your help.
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July 1, 2013 4:18:47 PM

KyleWard38 said:
I'm in dire need of a new video card and I want to go with the gtx 690 found here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm wondering if it will work well with the rest of my current setup, which is:

3.2 Ghz Intel i7 965
Gigabyte EX58-UD4P
24 Gigs RAM

Not sure what other info may be needed, please let me know.
Thanks in advance for your help.


I need to know your GPU PSU specs.....
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July 1, 2013 4:20:12 PM

aredflyingbird said:
KyleWard38 said:
I'm in dire need of a new video card and I want to go with the gtx 690 found here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm wondering if it will work well with the rest of my current setup, which is:

3.2 Ghz Intel i7 965
Gigabyte EX58-UD4P
24 Gigs RAM

Not sure what other info may be needed, please let me know.
Thanks in advance for your help.


I need to know your GPU specs.....


It's a GTX 295. Really old. I didn't post it because it will be getting replaced by the 690.
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July 1, 2013 4:20:21 PM

2 GTX 770's in SLI would be cheaper and faster than a 690. Just make sure your power supply can handle which ever card(s) you get.
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July 1, 2013 4:20:28 PM

You'll need to check the dimensions of your case to make sure it fits, the cooling of your case to make sure it doesn't overheat and the wattage of your power supply to make sure you have enough juice to run the card.

Hope this helps! :D 
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July 1, 2013 4:21:44 PM

KyleWard38 said:
aredflyingbird said:
KyleWard38 said:
I'm in dire need of a new video card and I want to go with the gtx 690 found here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm wondering if it will work well with the rest of my current setup, which is:

3.2 Ghz Intel i7 965
Gigabyte EX58-UD4P
24 Gigs RAM

Not sure what other info may be needed, please let me know.
Thanks in advance for your help.


I need to know your GPU specs.....


It's a GTX 295. Really old. I didn't post it because it will be getting replaced by the 690.


Oops, sorry, I meant the PSU.
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July 1, 2013 4:24:19 PM

bignastyid said:
2 GTX 770's in SLI would be cheaper and faster than a 690. Just make sure your power supply can handle which ever card(s) you get.


Yeah, as long as he can do that with his motherboard and cooling that's better. The GTX 690 would require about 100 more watts than his current setup and dual 770s about 160. :D 
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July 1, 2013 4:26:57 PM

aredflyingbird said:
KyleWard38 said:
aredflyingbird said:
KyleWard38 said:
I'm in dire need of a new video card and I want to go with the gtx 690 found here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm wondering if it will work well with the rest of my current setup, which is:

3.2 Ghz Intel i7 965
Gigabyte EX58-UD4P
24 Gigs RAM

Not sure what other info may be needed, please let me know.
Thanks in advance for your help.


I need to know your GPU specs.....


It's a GTX 295. Really old. I didn't post it because it will be getting replaced by the 690.


Oops, sorry, I meant the PSU.


1200W. I like the 690, but if two 770s in SLI would be cheaper and better and still fit that'd be great too. The 295 I have is also a really large card so I'm not worried about the 690 fitting, I'd be more worried about two cards not fitting. I'm just running on fan cooling, I won't be doing any overclocking though. If I need more cooling than fans I'd need an entirely new setup.
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July 1, 2013 4:31:51 PM

Munchbot said:
You'll need to check the dimensions of your case to make sure it fits, the cooling of your case to make sure it doesn't overheat and the wattage of your power supply to make sure you have enough juice to run the card.

Hope this helps! :D 


His rig able to handle 295 so it should be able 690 though there might be bottleneck on cpu front.

2 770 might be a bit faster and cheaper than 690 but it also consumes much more power. So if you want to go for two 770 you need to doible check your psu
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July 1, 2013 4:36:43 PM

PSU should be good, motherboard is SLI compatible. 2 2Gb gtx 770s will cost ~800, 2 4Gb cards will cost $900, GTX 680 is $1000 so they would be atleast $100 cheaper and a bit faster. If you game at resolutions higher than 1080p get the 4Gb cards.
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July 1, 2013 4:43:52 PM

I'd do twin 4GB 770s $450 each) and start thinking about 5760 x 1080
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July 1, 2013 4:45:38 PM

Thanks for the answers everyone. So 2 4GB 770s in SLI will be okay with the 1200W PSU and out of the box fan cooling? Also, I've never used anything but EVGA for my cards and never had a problem with them, I'm just wondering what other brands for cards everyone would recommend.
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July 1, 2013 4:50:20 PM

Just to make sure whats the make and model of the power supply? The 4Gb Gigabyte Windforce comes with a very good cooler. Mine has not went over 50°C under load at a boost speed of 1215mhz. Idle it runs 26-27°C and ambient room temp is 24°c.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 1, 2013 4:51:10 PM

You can even power 3 of them easily with your 1200w unit :) 
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July 1, 2013 4:54:32 PM

bignastyid said:
Just to make sure whats the make and model of the power supply? The 4Gb Gigabyte Windforce comes with a very good cooler. Mine has not went over 50°C under load at a boost speed of 1215mhz.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


It's a Turbo-Cool, I can't seem to find the model number on the PSU, I built this thing over 5 years ago so I don't remember. I just know that it's 1200W. Also, does the card you linked come with an SLI bridge?
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July 1, 2013 4:56:45 PM

You'll need to overclock that bloomfield to 4Ghz otherwise you'll be fine with any 2 card combo
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July 1, 2013 5:00:33 PM

KyleWard38 said:
bignastyid said:
Just to make sure whats the make and model of the power supply? The 4Gb Gigabyte Windforce comes with a very good cooler. Mine has not went over 50°C under load at a boost speed of 1215mhz.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


It's a Turbo-Cool, I can't seem to find the model number on the PSU, I built this thing over 5 years ago so I don't remember. I just know that it's 1200W. Also, does the card you linked come with an SLI bridge?


The SLI bridge should have come with the motherboard, they don't come with the cards. If you don't have one you can by them for less than $10.
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-Nvidia-flexible-interconnect...
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July 1, 2013 5:00:41 PM

Intel God said:
You'll need to overclock that bloomfield to 4Ghz otherwise you'll be fine with any 2 card combo


Why would I need to do that?
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July 1, 2013 5:04:24 PM

KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
You'll need to overclock that bloomfield to 4Ghz otherwise you'll be fine with any 2 card combo


Why would I need to do that?


It'll bottleneck a 690 at 3.2Ghz
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July 1, 2013 5:07:29 PM

Intel God said:
KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
You'll need to overclock that bloomfield to 4Ghz otherwise you'll be fine with any 2 card combo


Why would I need to do that?


It'll bottleneck a 690 at 3.2Ghz

What about two 770s? And if I need to overclock for those will the CPU still be alright with fan cooling? I've never experimented with over clocking at all.
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July 1, 2013 5:09:31 PM

KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
You'll need to overclock that bloomfield to 4Ghz otherwise you'll be fine with any 2 card combo


Why would I need to do that?


It'll bottleneck a 690 at 3.2Ghz

What about two 770s? And if I need to overclock for those will the CPU still be alright with fan cooling? I've never experimented with over clocking at all.


To get the most out of a 2 card setup you'll need to overclock but it would be super easy on your processor because you have an unlocked multiplier.
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July 1, 2013 5:16:58 PM

Intel God said:
KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
You'll need to overclock that bloomfield to 4Ghz otherwise you'll be fine with any 2 card combo


Why would I need to do that?


It'll bottleneck a 690 at 3.2Ghz

What about two 770s? And if I need to overclock for those will the CPU still be alright with fan cooling? I've never experimented with over clocking at all.


To get the most out of a 2 card setup you'll need to overclock but it would be super easy on your processor because you have an unlocked multiplier.


So overclocking to 4.0Ghz with two 770s on fan cooling only should stop any bottlenecking and should keep everything cool enough?
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July 1, 2013 5:39:59 PM

KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
You'll need to overclock that bloomfield to 4Ghz otherwise you'll be fine with any 2 card combo


Why would I need to do that?


It'll bottleneck a 690 at 3.2Ghz

What about two 770s? And if I need to overclock for those will the CPU still be alright with fan cooling? I've never experimented with over clocking at all.


To get the most out of a 2 card setup you'll need to overclock but it would be super easy on your processor because you have an unlocked multiplier.


So overclocking to 4.0Ghz with two 770s on fan cooling only should stop any bottlenecking and should keep everything cool enough?


You mean the stock intel cooler? No you'll need a new heatsink for overclocking the 965. That processor gets warm
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July 1, 2013 5:51:39 PM

Intel God said:
KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
You'll need to overclock that bloomfield to 4Ghz otherwise you'll be fine with any 2 card combo


Why would I need to do that?


It'll bottleneck a 690 at 3.2Ghz

What about two 770s? And if I need to overclock for those will the CPU still be alright with fan cooling? I've never experimented with over clocking at all.


To get the most out of a 2 card setup you'll need to overclock but it would be super easy on your processor because you have an unlocked multiplier.


So overclocking to 4.0Ghz with two 770s on fan cooling only should stop any bottlenecking and should keep everything cool enough?


You mean the stock intel cooler? No you'll need a new heatsink for overclocking the 965. That processor gets warm


Yeah I just have the stock cooler on there right now. Do you mind recommending another fan?
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a c 147 U Graphics card
July 1, 2013 6:08:59 PM

Points:
1) You don't mention WHY you are buying a GTX690.
- if it's for a multi-monitor setup you'll want more than 2GB per GPU.
- if it's for a SINGLE monitor setup then most games will run at max quality on a single GTX770 (not every game though; Crysis 3; Far Cry 3 and a few others)

2) Micro-stutter and SLI:
The GTX700 cards are much BETTER than previous cards (like the GTX690). In fact, it's the very first time I've actually recommended SLI.

3) 2x2GB or 2x4GB?
While I love the Asus DC2 OC version of the GTX770, if I was spending this much money I'd probably get the 4GB versions for about $500 each.

My current recommend for 4GB is the EVGA version with ACX cooler (and backplate).

4) If you're getting a better cooler, I recommend one of the Corsair water-coolers. You probably can't fit the H110i, so in that case I recommend the latest which I think is the Corsair H80i ($85?). Don't forget to follow the instructions for installing software etc to get fan control working properly.

5) Monitors:
I'd rather game on a SINGLE 27", 2560x1440 monitor than three SMALLER monitors. Since most games look almost identical at 1920x1080 I run at that resolution to avoid the roughly 30% frame rate drop. You can get a good monitor of these specs for $700 or less (not the cheap Korean ones). Dell, Samsung and a few others.

I run Diablo 3, SC2, Torchlight and a couple others at 2560x1440 and a single high-res screen is perfect for those games. (mainly the small text/HUD elements look sharper on a high-res setup whereas Crysis and other games are designed for 1080p HDTV's the text is LARGER so look about the same at 2560x1440 and the textures look no different.)

Summary:
- 2x (EVGA GTX770 4GB with ACX cooler/backplate)
- water cooler for CPU
- 1x 27" 2560x1440 or 3x 1920x1080 ??
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July 2, 2013 12:55:51 PM

KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
KyleWard38 said:
Intel God said:
You'll need to overclock that bloomfield to 4Ghz otherwise you'll be fine with any 2 card combo


Why would I need to do that?


It'll bottleneck a 690 at 3.2Ghz

What about two 770s? And if I need to overclock for those will the CPU still be alright with fan cooling? I've never experimented with over clocking at all.


To get the most out of a 2 card setup you'll need to overclock but it would be super easy on your processor because you have an unlocked multiplier.


So overclocking to 4.0Ghz with two 770s on fan cooling only should stop any bottlenecking and should keep everything cool enough?


You mean the stock intel cooler? No you'll need a new heatsink for overclocking the 965. That processor gets warm


Yeah I just have the stock cooler on there right now. Do you mind recommending another fan?


My new favorite budget cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Newegg has them in different colors as well
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