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October 17, 2013 2:36:02 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my graphics cards. I want something that will be able to get really good FPS on alot of games with Max graphics. I'm also buying 3 ASUS monitors. Should I go for Two GTX 770s or One GTX 780 for the best gamplay.

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a b U Graphics card
October 17, 2013 2:38:32 PM

Two GTX 770 for the win.
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a b U Graphics card
October 17, 2013 2:39:18 PM

Two 770's will perform better (especially with 4gbs of VRAM instead of 3gbs), when your doing multimonitors people generally like AMD cards better because they have the higher memory bus, I'd consider two of the new r280x's instead. Your kind of in that boat where you don't really want to buy anything right now, the new AMD cards don't have a lot of benchmarks to look at yet for crossfire, but the price of the 770's is going to go down sooner or later because AMDs cards are cheaper than the comparable Nvidia cards right now.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
October 17, 2013 2:40:00 PM

If you are gaming on triple monitors, then GTX 770 SLI would be better than a single GTX 780. Also up that to about 4GB VRAM.
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a b U Graphics card
October 17, 2013 2:45:54 PM

sli/crossfire yuck, i would much rather have a single gpu and not deal with the problems.
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a b U Graphics card
October 17, 2013 2:47:14 PM

mace200200 said:
Two 770's will perform better (especially with 4gbs of VRAM instead of 3gbs), when your doing multimonitors people generally like AMD cards better because they have the higher memory bus, I'd consider two of the new r280x's instead. Your kind of in that boat where you don't really want to buy anything right now, the new AMD cards don't have a lot of benchmarks to look at yet for crossfire, but the price of the 770's is going to go down sooner or later because AMDs cards are cheaper than the comparable Nvidia cards right now.


the 280x's are exactly the same at the 79XX's aren't they?
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a b U Graphics card
October 17, 2013 2:55:27 PM

I don't usually recommend SLI/CFX over single high performance GPU, but since you're going 3 way mons and the 780 does have "only" 3GB of VRAM, then go with the 2 GTX770s (4GB models though).

Cheers!
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a b U Graphics card
October 17, 2013 3:00:01 PM

nikoli707 said:
sli/crossfire yuck, i would much rather have a single gpu and not deal with the problems.


You might not have had a good experience with it, but SLI and CF are valid options and don't often cause problems. I have two 670's in SLI and the only issues I have had are noise factor (because my machine used to be super quiet) and finding the setting to enable SLI. I am yet to see compatibility or any "yucky" things.

SLI/CF really isn't bad.
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October 17, 2013 3:08:56 PM

I would go with a 780 now and SLI it down the road. Pretty much the same dilemma I was dealing with when I first started planning my build. I think it'll give you greater longevity for the future.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
October 17, 2013 3:17:38 PM

The R9 290X is scheduled to be released by end of this month. Care to wait it out?
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October 17, 2013 4:25:17 PM

I've had 2 680's in SLI for a little more than a year now and I am yet to run into a game that has issues because of it; all I've gotten is insanely awesome performance..

I have to say my piece about the triple monitors however...

Have you considered just getting a single, large, high resolution display and instead playing games at 1440p / 1600p?

I have had quite a bit of experience with both and, in my opinion, having one really nice display is much better than having 3 displays.

If you get a chance, you should really check it out. This is a good time to buy since the prices have dropped significantly because of 4k.

Just something to think about it.

Hope this helps.
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October 17, 2013 10:26:16 PM

Will the Asus monitors be 3D, or higher Def than 1080p?

Try and wait for the R9 290X, as I am forcing myself to. For HDMI 2.0 3D on the brilliant VG278H 3D Asus (assuming AMD tech information is correct).
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a b U Graphics card
October 17, 2013 11:15:00 PM

nikoli707 said:
sli/crossfire yuck, i would much rather have a single gpu and not deal with the problems.
excuse me good sir but i've had my CF setup since 7970 launch and i love it. for shame.

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a b U Graphics card
October 18, 2013 5:52:01 AM

friends of mine... ive toyed with their setups playing with drivers and crap.... 3x560ti's and 3x7950's.... its was just a pain.... not for me.
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a b U Graphics card
October 18, 2013 10:03:47 PM

nikoli707 said:
friends of mine... ive toyed with their setups playing with drivers and crap.... 3x560ti's and 3x7950's.... its was just a pain.... not for me.
i agree. i will do 2 cards but never 3 since i just game on a 40in 1080p display. yeah i have 2 7970's for 1080p thats just cause i want those 60fps to last a long time unlike gaming at 1440p where you have to upgrade more often.

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October 26, 2013 3:26:01 PM

ksham said:
The R9 290X is scheduled to be released by end of this month. Care to wait it out?


Are you saying that just 1 of these would beable to play 3 monitors with max settings?
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a c 172 U Graphics card
October 26, 2013 3:30:26 PM

No; that was not what I was saying. But that R9 290X is out now. I was only offering it as an alternative to the GTX 770.
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October 26, 2013 3:33:30 PM

mace200200 said:
Two 770's will perform better (especially with 4gbs of VRAM instead of 3gbs), when your doing multimonitors people generally like AMD cards better because they have the higher memory bus, I'd consider two of the new r280x's instead. Your kind of in that boat where you don't really want to buy anything right now, the new AMD cards don't have a lot of benchmarks to look at yet for crossfire, but the price of the 770's is going to go down sooner or later because AMDs cards are cheaper than the comparable Nvidia cards right now.


So what your saying is
Two AMD 280x 3GB > Two GTX 770 4GB
Cheaper > Expensive
Works better with 3 monitors > N/A

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October 26, 2013 3:35:54 PM

ksham said:
No; that was not what I was saying. But that R9 290X is out now. I was only offering it as an alternative to the GTX 770.


If you were me in this situation what would you do,
-Buy 2 GTX 770s
-Buy 2 AMD 280x
-Buy 2 AMD 290x (Expensive)
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October 27, 2013 2:12:30 AM

GTX 770`s may have better resale value to the STEREOSCOPIC 3D market out there that AMD are not really able to cater for.

But where I live (Japan) the GTX770`s are over $500 (US) a pop.

(in your situation) If I thought that there would be not so many people going steroescopic 3D in future, I would buy the AMD280X kit.
Any money saved can go on games or towards the 2015 cards you will likely want to upgrade to?
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