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GTX 770 2 Way SLI vs. GTX 780 Ti vs. 290x LIGHTNING + i5 4440

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May 27, 2014 5:49:18 PM

Which of the graphics cards are the best?
Here are the builds for all the cards, which all have the same components, except for the graphics card of course.
GTX 770 SLI: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fQBKcf
GTX 780 Ti: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bjs223
290x LIGHTNING: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Z9X66h
As you can see, I have an Intel i5 4440 processor instead of a 4670k. Will any of the cards be bottlenecked by the 4440? Are there any other Intel processors around the same price that preform better? Or should I get the FX-8350? Is the upgrade to the 4670k worth it? I really don't like going over budget. ($1300)
I will be playing a lot of Battlefield, Crysis, Titanfall, and some other very demanding games.
Will these games be running at 60+ fps on max settings?
Sorry for all the questions.
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May 27, 2014 6:40:20 PM

You will win synthetic FPS benchmarks with the sli GTX770, but on any single monitor, I would go with a single gpu solution.
Dual gpu arrangements are prone to stuttering or lagging.

The R9 cards tend to run hot, I would pick the GTX780ti over the R9-290X.
From a performance point of view, they are similar.

With such a high end graphics card, I would buy the i5-4670K. A small price premium will gain you a 30% boost in cpu capability with a mild overclock.
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May 31, 2014 11:56:54 AM

I vote for the r9 290x as the new driver release has got amd back on track with the cooling and crashes and black screens check any forum a r9 290x lightning will kill a gtx 780 any day
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May 31, 2014 12:31:29 PM

I'd say go for the 290x and remove the ram as you get 8gb of memory with the video card , and spend that on a 4670k
You can't beat the deal , three free games , 8gb of ram for free and a high end graphics card
Only the 290 runs hot , but not the 290x , it runs at about 75° while playing crysis maxed out
But you can also get another 290x , like the gigabyte 290x windforce , but you'll have to buy ram , although the cooler on it is great and it's a good overclocker =)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($228.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($157.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($545.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT H440 (Red/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1309.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-31 15:29 EDT-0400)

I'd get this and overclock the 290x a little and you'll have a 290x lightning
And btw that case is great , it has no optical drive bays but it has great airflow , watercooling support and it's beautifull imo
I'd get a few case fans along with it personally to make it quieter
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