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Older SLI GTX GPUs vs. Newer Single Card GPU and 2Gb vs. 4Gb cards

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July 23, 2013 10:42:05 AM

Ok so, this will be my on my first build EVER, if you want to check it out and give me some feedback you can here: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1743212/build-ga...

Otherwise I have a few questions about buying a graphics card. On my new build I want to be playing FPS games like Arma 3, BF4, Planetside 2, and DayZ SA for the next couple of years at 1080p. I currently only have one display, but I am going to be upping that to 2 maybe about 6 or 7 months after I buy my rig.

Prerequisites: I respect AMD and their products, but I am only considering nVidia graphics cards. 1st because I want ADVANCED PhysX and 2nd because I've just heard better things about nVidia. My budget for a graphics card is about $450. I won't be OCing my graphics cards. If it matters, I'm trying to stick with a red/black color scheme

My questions:

1.So I am considering a single GTX 770, but I got to thinking about SLI and was considering SLI 660 ti's, so what would be the adv. vs. disadv. of a newer single card vs. an older SLI configuration? In a few years I might just upgrade to SLI 770s when the price drops and alleviate this question.

2. If I go with a single card should I go for 2Gb or 4Gb if I PLAN to upgrade to dual displays? If I go SLI should I go with dual 2Gb or dual 4Gb? Also will the dual 2Gd add up to equal out 4Gb or does video card memory not work like that?

3. Which brand to buy? I know they all use the same GPU, but some of them have faster clock speeds, some have more fans, and others just look better. Asus has Direct CU II, MSI has Twin Frozr, Gigabyte has Windforce (which is what I am interested in) and EVGA has there new ACX and old FTW. There are so many choices, I just don't know if one out-performs or out-cools the other.

All responses are appreciated and considered, thank you for your time!

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July 23, 2013 11:05:14 AM

byogamingpc said:
If you are playing at 1080p and don't plan to upgrade your resolution then you would be better off getting a single MSI GTX 770 TF 2GB http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CZ58WUI/ref=as_li_q...

No, I don't plan on playing more than 1080p, I've heard that 4Gb single cards are better for dual display...your thoughts? Also, could you tell me why you chose the MSI brand for the GTX 770? I'm just curious. Thank you!
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July 23, 2013 11:23:33 AM

byogamingpc said:
decimalpoint said:
byogamingpc said:
If you are playing at 1080p and don't plan to upgrade your resolution then you would be better off getting a single MSI GTX 770 TF 2GB http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CZ58WUI/ref=as_li_q...

No, I don't plan on playing more than 1080p, I've heard that 4Gb single cards are better for dual display...your thoughts? Also, could you tell me why you chose the MSI brand for the GTX 770? I'm just curious. Thank you!


Well, they say 4GB or more for dual monitors because that would be an increase in overall resolution which is why I asked if you were planning to go over 1080p. I chose the MSI because it is a quality brand, has a great cooler, and is a great price. =)

Ok, thanks for your input and suggestions.
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