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GTX 760 SLI or single GTX 770 better?

There is a recent sale on GTX 760s for about 42 bucks each (somehow) from msi on Amazon and I am not sure if I should get two gtx 760s in SLI or a single GTX 770. I am playing on an old monitor at a native resolution of 1680 x 1050 with a 60 Hz refresh rate so I should expect to get higher FPS right? Of course I could spend the extra money to get a 770, but I'm just asking what FPS I could expect to get if I'm playing games like Titanfall and Battlefield 4.

Also, will two GTX 770s preform better than a single GTX 780 or even 780ti


Here's my build:
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Zedzer/saved/4wRk
Just ignore the GPU for now.

Sorry for the long question, but thanks.

P.S. I think I need to upgrade the power supply.
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  1. The GTX 760 SLI will be much better.
    Go with the 760!

  2. Nathan Willis said:
    The GTX 760 SLI will be much better.
    Go with the 760!



    Thanks!
  3. Glad I could help! Make sure to pick a solution.
  4. Best answer
    Two GTX 760s in SLI is faster than a single GTX 770.
    Two GTX 770s in SLI is faster than a single GTX 780 or 780 Ti.

    That's not really the end of the story though.
    - Not all games handle SLI properly
    - The difference between minimum and average frame rates is usually greater in SLI
    - Two cards in SLI will use a lot more power
    - Each card requires its own memory, so two GTX 770 2GB cards has effective video memory of 2GB where a GTX 780 or 780 Ti has 3GB
    - A single card solution will give you more reliable performance

    A single GTX 770 will give you close to 60 FPS at 1680x1050 in any game with close to maximum settings.
    You monitor can only display 60 FPS because the refresh rate is 60 Hz.
    If you want to allow for higher resolutions in the future (like a 2560x1440 monitor), consider the GTX 780 or GTX 780 Ti.
    If you want to run 1920x1080 resolution on a 120 Hz monitor, consider two GTX 770 cards in SLI.
  5. Zuhayr378 said:
    Nathan Willis said:
    The GTX 760 SLI will be much better.
    Go with the 760!



    Thanks!


    Battlefield 3 does not have high requirements. You cannot expect these frame rates from Battlefield 4, Metro Last Light, Far Cry 3 or Crysis 3 with the same hardware.
  6. The Gtx 760s are a steal for 42 bucks. The 760s would be able to get higher frames than the 770 on sli supported games. However, it introduces problems such as micro-stuttering, increased heat output and increased noise output.

    On unsupported games, the single gtx 770 will perform better. But for 42 bucks, just grab the 760s they ARE A STEAL! And for your second question, the gtx 770s will perform much better in supported games but the 780/780ti are better in unsupported games but introduces the problems I mentioned earlier
  7. Do not worry about VRAM. Most games to this date can not use more then 2GB.
    Some games do not handle SLI very good. Check you games and see.
    The nice thing about the GTX 770 is it will be more future proof.
    later on you could run 2 of them in SLI.

  8. Can you give me the link for the 42$ gtx 760, I can't seem to find it
  9. sonny8888 said:
    Can you give me the link for the 42$ gtx 760, I can't seem to find it


    Yeah, I want to buy them... :P lol
  10. Nathan Willis said:
    Do not worry about VRAM. Most games to this date can not use more then 3GB.
    Some games do not handle SLI very good. Check you games and see.
    The nice thing about the GTX 770 is it will be more future proof.
    later on you could run 2 of them in SLI.



    Not one of the cards he has mentioned has more than 3GB of VRAM.

    The GTX 760 and GTX 770 have 2GB.
    If you combine two cards in SLI, they each require their own memory so you have the same effective 2GB.
    This is plenty for 1920x1080 resolution, so these cards are good for this resolution.
    SLI is useful if you want to run the same resolution and detail settings, but at over 80 FPS on a 120 Hz monitor.

    At 2560x1440 resolution, 3GB of VRAM will allow higher detail settings (MSAA generally has to be disabled on 2GB cards).
    There are 4GB versions of the GTX 760 or GTX 770 available, but these would need to be used in SLI to get 60 FPS with maximum settings.
    Compared to this, a single GTX 780 is a good value solution.
  11. sonny8888 said:
    Can you give me the link for the 42$ gtx 760, I can't seem to find it


    By the way, $42 is too cheap for this card.
    Check that it has full warranty and is from a reputable source.
    You'll be disappointed if the cards don't show up or are dead on arrival.
  12. VincentP said:
    Nathan Willis said:
    Do not worry about VRAM. Most games to this date can not use more then 3GB.
    Some games do not handle SLI very good. Check you games and see.
    The nice thing about the GTX 770 is it will be more future proof.
    later on you could run 2 of them in SLI.



    Not one of the cards he has mentioned has more than 3GB of VRAM.

    The GTX 760 and GTX 770 have 2GB.
    If you combine two cards in SLI, they each require their own memory so you have the same effective 2GB.
    This is plenty for 1920x1080 resolution, so these cards are good for this resolution.
    SLI is useful if you want to run the same resolution and detail settings, but at over 80 FPS on a 120 Hz monitor.

    At 2560x1440 resolution, 3GB of VRAM will allow higher detail settings (MSAA generally has to be disabled on 2GB cards).
    There are 4GB versions of the GTX 760 or GTX 770 available, but these would need to be used in SLI to get 60 FPS with maximum settings.
    Compared to this, a single GTX 780 is a good value solution.


    I had fixed it to 2GB. Just a mistake. :)
  13. VincentP said:
    sonny8888 said:
    Can you give me the link for the 42$ gtx 760, I can't seem to find it


    By the way, $42 is too cheap for this card.
    Check that it has full warranty and is from a reputable source.
    You'll be disappointed if the cards don't show up or are dead on arrival.


    Agreed!
  14. The GTX 760 indeed appears to be CAD$42 on pcpartpicker, but going to the link to Amazon, the price is 340 so, either it was fixed or it's an error from pcpartpicker's side.
  15. That makes sense. Only a scam would list them for $42.
  16. sonny8888 said:
    Can you give me the link for the 42$ gtx 760, I can't seem to find it

    The offer is gone though there was like 4 left when I checked and half n' hour later they were sold ;(
    I'm just going to go for a single gtx 770
  17. Nathan Willis said:
    That makes sense. Only a scam would list them for $42.


    The price was kind of a joke I just wanted to know if gtx 760 SLI would be better than a single 770.
  18. VincentP said:
    Two GTX 760s in SLI is faster than a single GTX 770.
    Two GTX 770s in SLI is faster than a single GTX 780 or 780 Ti.

    That's not really the end of the story though.
    - Not all games handle SLI properly
    - The difference between minimum and average frame rates is usually greater in SLI
    - Two cards in SLI will use a lot more power
    - Each card requires its own memory, so two GTX 770 2GB cards has effective video memory of 2GB where a GTX 780 or 780 Ti has 3GB
    - A single card solution will give you more reliable performance

    A single GTX 770 will give you close to 60 FPS at 1680x1050 in any game with close to maximum settings.
    You monitor can only display 60 FPS because the refresh rate is 60 Hz.
    If you want to allow for higher resolutions in the future (like a 2560x1440 monitor), consider the GTX 780 or GTX 780 Ti.
    If you want to run 1920x1080 resolution on a 120 Hz monitor, consider two GTX 770 cards in SLI.



    Thanks, I think I could opt to go for a single 780 for the extra 100-200 bucks. I live in Canada so stuff is a bit more expensive and I'm a student so I don't have much money on my hands but because I will be building my PC in the summer, I will just wait to see if the new GTX 800 series GPUS will come and using this info I can choose the right card for me.
  19. Thanks for the info guys! I didn't really feel like choosing the right answer because all of the info was enough for a pc noob like me. :D
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