I currently have a GTX 770 windforce edition 4gb. What i am wondering about is upgrades in the near future. I currently stream using my 2560x1600 monitor so when I am streaming GPU incentive games I sometimes have issues with maxed settings. So my question is. Should I SLI, Sell my 770 and buy a 780ti, or wait for the 800 series to come out. One thing to note is that I will be water cooling my pc after this upgrade so it has to be a future proof solution.
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In general, I recommend a single strong gpu whenever it will do the job. That might suggest a GTX780ti.
But... since you already have a GTX770, sli might look attractive. Dual gpu comes with it's own set of issues such as increased stuttering and tearing.
If you have a need now, buy now. If you wait for the next best thing, you will wait forever. The next gen nvidia cards may not arrive until next year. When they do, you will still have the option to market whatever you have now and replace with something stronger.
2560 x 1440 is not a problem for a GTX780, let alone a GTX780ti.
It is when the 4k monitors become affordable, or when you are looking at triple monitor gaming that dual gpu's and stronger are going to be needed.
And... why do you need water cooling?
My canned rant on liquid cooling:
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You buy a liquid cooler to be able to extract an extra multiplier or two out of your OC.
How much do you really need?
I do not much like all in one liquid coolers when a good air cooler like a Noctua NH-D14 or phanteks can do the job just as well.
A liquid cooler will be expensive, noisy, less reliable, and will not cool any better
in a well ventilated case.
Liquid cooling is really air cooling, it just puts the heat exchange in a different place.
The orientation of the radiator will cause a problem.
If you orient it to take in cool air from the outside, you will cool the cpu better, but the hot air then circulates inside the case heating up the graphics card and motherboard.
If you orient it to exhaust(which I think is better) , then your cpu cooling will be less effective because it uses pre heated case air.
And... I have read too many tales of woe when a liquid cooler leaks.
google "H100 leak"
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