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Please help! What should I buy? GTX 690's, GTX Titan, or GTX 780's

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August 21, 2013 8:29:25 AM

I am in a huge dilemma! I just updated my brand new system with liquid cooling and want to get new graphics cards but I don't know which to get. Here is what I am thinking.

I either want 2 690's, 1 titan, or 2 780's. Now here is the thing, I looked up so much about these cards, people say that it's not worth getting a titan because of the price. But pricing has gone down for all the cards and I will be buying from ebay so here are the prices for the cards.

2 GTX 690's = $1339
2 GTX 780's = $1000
1 Titan = $800

Now Because I am going liquid cooling I do have to buy waterblocks for each card (average around $130 each) and I have to put in the fact that I might not have enough power. I do have a 1000w gold standard power supply.

With the titan I am debating whether I should buy 1 card now then buy another card later. But if I can save a few extra $$$ then I would!
Here is my system
-Cooler Master Haf X
-Asus V formula Motherboard
-Intel i7 3770
-16gigs DDR3 Ram 2400
- 1000w Gold rating
-SSD 256 gigs
-1 TB HDD

The liquid cooling covers the CPU, motherboard, MOSFET, and eventually a graphics card. I have a radiator with 3 typhoon 120mm fans. And a couple of black lights here and there.

The big thing is I want a card or cards to give me ultra settings on all my games, run my graphic designing programs such as Adobe After Effects, and CS6 with 3 monitors. I have 3 27" Asus VG278He's.

Overall I just don't know what I should get. I want the best but I don't want to lose an arm and a leg if I don't have to. I will spend the money but If I can get quality and speed for a better price that would be awesome!! Please let me know what you guys think. This is my first post on the forums so I am still new to this site. THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!! :) 
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August 21, 2013 8:33:45 AM

I would personally get a SLI of GTX 770, which will perform better (by quite a lot) than a single Titan, while also being cheaper. That would look like the best deal to me.
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August 21, 2013 8:38:12 AM

SLI 780s would be my recommendation. The Tiran should never be bought in my opinion and the 690s are jot worth the price/heat/power consumption they will have. Scaling could be an issue. Best bet is the 780s! Hope this helps.
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August 21, 2013 8:38:49 AM

agree with seladon, also get pre overclocked versions of the 770's and they will perform like 2 780's in sli for less also.
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August 21, 2013 8:40:45 AM

2 x GTX780s would be the most powerful.

But considering price, 2 x GTX770 makes perfect sense.
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August 21, 2013 8:40:47 AM

The 770s might not be a bad option either. They won't perform like the 2 780s but are decent value. Its up to what you need. The two 770s will perform a little better then one 690.
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August 21, 2013 8:52:42 AM

Once you get past 2 gpu's, the benefit of adding the 3rd is less, and the 4th is not effective.
You also increase the opportunity for stuttering with more gpu's.
I would rule out the 2 x GTX690 option.

As good as the titan is, it is only a bit better than a superclocked GTX780.

My pick would be the 2 GTX780 cards in sli.

I would forget about liquid cooling.
The main purpose is to increase your overclock.
In the case of a 3770, you can't overclock. It would be better to change to a 3570K or a 3770K.

If you buy factory overclocked versions of GTX780, you will get better binning.
There are probably better places to spend the funds you would use on liquid cooling.
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August 21, 2013 8:54:12 AM

Gtx 780 2 -way SLI !
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August 21, 2013 9:39:41 AM

the gtx titan is the fastest single gpu out there, but the sli versions of the gtx 780 and 690 will beat it, i say go with the gtx 780's because they are new generation.
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August 21, 2013 12:11:39 PM

So should I get a 770 4gb or a 2gb superclocked? And how much of a difference is the 770 and 780?
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August 21, 2013 12:13:47 PM

the 2gb super clocked 770's will save you money and will match a stock 780's
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August 21, 2013 12:25:26 PM

But can it handle 3 monitors and ultra settings?
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August 21, 2013 12:29:08 PM

yes because its near the same performance as dual 780's give or take 2 - 5 fps but a lot cheaper.

look for 4GB superclocked / stock overclocked models for triple monitor
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August 21, 2013 1:35:30 PM

I have always wondered this but with two cards and 3 monitors after using 2 hdmi cords how to I plug the 3 monitor up?
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August 21, 2013 1:39:59 PM

it will depend on the outputs of the card, check on the nvidia website aswell since a few cards have different setups for how to use multiple monitors.
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August 21, 2013 2:19:59 PM

guggi4 said:
i dont think sli 770 will deserve your needs.
if you look at the 5780x1080 benchmarks and double them for the sli, you barely get over 30 fps. he also got 144hz monitors, so i think he wont be happy with 30 fps
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_770/images...
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_770/images...
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_770/images...


the 780's dont fare any better with the settings they are using and the 770's that are overclocked will be in between the score of the 770 and 780 in that bench.

byogamingpc's classified 770's are a good choice.
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August 21, 2013 3:34:07 PM

yes they should be perfectly adequate antilla
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August 21, 2013 5:04:17 PM

Ok thanks a lot!! What would happen if I eventually go with 3 gtx 770's would that improve my score and FPS?
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August 21, 2013 5:32:00 PM

AnttilaTheHun said:
I am in a huge dilemma! I just updated my brand new system with liquid cooling and want to get new graphics cards but I don't know which to get. Here is what I am thinking.

I either want 2 690's, 1 titan, or 2 780's. Now here is the thing, I looked up so much about these cards, people say that it's not worth getting a titan because of the price. But pricing has gone down for all the cards and I will be buying from ebay so here are the prices for the cards.

2 GTX 690's = $1339
2 GTX 780's = $1000
1 Titan = $800

Now Because I am going liquid cooling I do have to buy waterblocks for each card (average around $130 each) and I have to put in the fact that I might not have enough power. I do have a 1000w gold standard power supply.

With the titan I am debating whether I should buy 1 card now then buy another card later. But if I can save a few extra $$$ then I would!
Here is my system
-Cooler Master Haf X
-Asus V formula Motherboard
-Intel i7 3770
-16gigs DDR3 Ram 2400
- 1000w Gold rating
-SSD 256 gigs
-1 TB HDD

The liquid cooling covers the CPU, motherboard, MOSFET, and eventually a graphics card. I have a radiator with 3 typhoon 120mm fans. And a couple of black lights here and there.

The big thing is I want a card or cards to give me ultra settings on all my games, run my graphic designing programs such as Adobe After Effects, and CS6 with 3 monitors. I have 3 27" Asus VG278He's.

Overall I just don't know what I should get. I want the best but I don't want to lose an arm and a leg if I don't have to. I will spend the money but If I can get quality and speed for a better price that would be awesome!! Please let me know what you guys think. This is my first post on the forums so I am still new to this site. THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!! :) 


Hi - I agree with seladon that 2 - 770's will give you the best price/perf value, and
will yield much better perf than 1 titan. 2 - 780's will give better performance, but
at a substantially higher cost.

Also, if you're buying GPU's off ebay, plz insure that you'll get full warranty coverage.
I check out ebay frequently for monitors, and less than half the ones I look at have
the mfg warranty.


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August 22, 2013 10:15:00 AM

determinologyz said:
17seconds said:
Wait a couple months and get either the GTX 790 or the Titan Ultra.
http://videocardz.com/45403/nvidia-to-launch-more-cards...


*DROOLS*

That i didnt see coming a GTX 790?


Nvidia's planning to crash the Hawaiian Island party.
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