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Should I buy 2-way SLI GTX 760 4GB superclocked, or 1 GTX 780 3GB? Also, build suggestions

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February 25, 2014 5:08:39 PM

I am building a new PC, and I am trying to decide between these two GPU's.
2-way SLI GTX 760 4GB superclocked, or 1 GTX 780 3GB?
I don't know which is more powerful, and I will upgrade no matter what eventually, but for now, I want to know which of these would be best. I don't know if the superclocked part matters, not much price difference, and probably not overclocked too much, so I'm very open to suggestions as well.

The other part of my question is suggestions for the overall build. If you see something that I might want more, but not too over the price of them already, please let me know! This is my first build and any help would be appreciated.

CPU: Intel i7 4770K
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z87
PSU: SeaSonic 850W ATX12V / EPS12V
Ram: 4x - Corsair Vengeance 4GB
Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (ATX Full Tower)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
SDD: Samsung 840 Pro 128GB
Heatsink: Hyper 212 Evo
Optical Drive: Not sure yet.

Those are my parts, anything you know of that might have better performance, such as the Ram, HDD, SDD,PSU, or anything else, please tell me! Also, what monitor are these parts capable of handling? Not sure yet to which monitor I should get.

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February 25, 2014 5:15:41 PM

In general, one card is better than two. You avoid thermal issues. And you avoid video sync issues. Get the 780. I would suggest an upgrade on the cooler.
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February 25, 2014 5:17:40 PM

Ask yourself whether you want video quality or fastest refresh rate for the monitor.
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February 25, 2014 5:19:55 PM

terry4536 said:
Ask yourself whether you want video quality or fastest refresh rate for the monitor.
video quality would be 2? refresh rate would be one?
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February 25, 2014 5:21:26 PM

That's a good build but I would change a fair bit except for getting 2 8-gig ram insted of 4 4-gig sticks because if you want to upgrade your build as you said you may want to get more RAM.

As for your GPU issues 2 760's will produce more heat and require more power but will also give you better performance in games that are properly optimized for SLI although you might see a performance loss in games that arent as well optomized. Getting a 780 would allow you to play current and future game releases for enough time to buy another and then SLI.

-Hope that helps
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February 25, 2014 5:25:32 PM

Then look for a 120 - 144Hz monitor.
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February 25, 2014 5:30:52 PM

Billwindow said:
That's a good build but I would change a fair bit except for getting 2 8-gig ram insted of 4 4-gig sticks because if you want to upgrade your build as you said you may want to get more RAM.

As for your GPU issues 2 760's will produce more heat and require more power but will also give you better performance in games that are properly optimized for SLI although you might see a performance loss in games that arent as well optomized. Getting a 780 would allow you to play current and future game releases for enough time to buy another and then SLI.

-Hope that helps


Thank you, that helps alot! Same with you Terry. Yeah I will get the 780. How fast do prices go down? Will it be a couple more years before the 780 is about the same price as the 760? It would be nice if it was sooner than later.

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February 25, 2014 5:34:56 PM

That depends upon the market place.
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