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Would a Geforce 680 work with this set up?

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October 11, 2013 8:29:38 AM

I'm looking to upgrade my GPU, is possible to just upgrade my GPU without needing to upgrade anything else or do I need to upgrade other components?

Current GPU: EVGA Geforce 660 Superclocked Signature 2.
Processor: Intel i5-4570.
RAM: 8 gigabytes.
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 military class motherboard.
PSU: Thermaltake Smart750W Bronze class 80 plus.
Case: Coolermaster 430 (I assume you need to know the case so you know if it fits in there)

Is it possible that I could upgrade my GPU to this without needing to upgrade anything else for it to work or can I keep my current components and have it work without hiccups? Another question I have is that is it worth it to upgrade to a 780 or should I get a 680, or should I get a 670? Gonna try gaming on three monitors soon.

(I'm getting three monitors soonish, like within a month. Can I use three monitors for internet browsing/school work on my current set up and game on one? The GPU is in the near future)

Another question about that, does gaming on three monitors (Or using three monitors at all) make your GPU die quicker? A friend said that it makes the GPU's lifespan shorter, is this true?

Thanks.

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October 11, 2013 8:34:38 AM

You should be able to drop in any GPU and it will work, your other components wont need to be upgraded.
780 is much faster than a 680, but also much more expensive. Depends on your budget.
I wouldn't worry about the GPU lifespan. 3 monitors shouldnt affect it much. The card will probably be obsolete well before it dies.
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October 11, 2013 8:45:32 AM

Yes your golden. You have plenty of PSU power and nothing else is really worth mentioning since your other components are very new. Unless you found a nice deal on a GTX 680 have you thought about a GTX 770 4GB or a GTX 780 as they both would be better in a triple display setup? Also AMD is about to release the R9 290x which should be a beast of a card for a triple monitor setup(might be worth waiting a couple weeks for).

Your GTX 660 supports up to four monitors.

Using multiple monitors will not make your GPU "die" quicker. That's just silly speak. I know what they are thinking but it just doesn't.
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October 11, 2013 9:00:40 AM

JamesSneed said:
Yes your golden. You have plenty of PSU power and nothing else is really worth mentioning since your other components are very new. Unless you found a nice deal on a GTX 680 have you thought about a GTX 770 4GB or a GTX 780 as they both would be better in a triple display setup? Also AMD is about to release the R9 290x which should be a beast of a card for a triple monitor setup(might be worth waiting a couple weeks for).

Your GTX 660 supports up to four monitors.

Using multiple monitors will not make your GPU "die" quicker. That's just silly speak. I know what they are thinking but it just doesn't.


I was indeed thinking of the 780, since it's the newest GPU in that series. Looking at some benchmarks now and it looks great plus like you said it might be good for a triple display set up.

I'm debating between each of those, probably gonna go for the 780.
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October 11, 2013 10:41:08 AM

The r9 290x should be out next week. If your not in any big hurry I would check out pricing and reviews of it next week. It supposed to compete with the GTX 780 but nobody really knows yet until next week.
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