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Triple monitor gaming GTX 770 SLI or GTX 780 non-SLI?

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July 10, 2014 1:27:57 PM

I plan on getting another monitor, 1080p 60hz, and I know that my 770 cannot run it smoothly with good graphics alone, should I sli my 770 or upgrade for a 780? I'm still leaning towards the 770, thanks.
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July 10, 2014 1:33:25 PM

For triple 1080p, GTX 770 SLI definitely. GTX 770 SLI > GTX 780.

Edit: actually, the 2GB VRAM would be an issue though.
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July 10, 2014 1:33:47 PM

If you willing to spend the money for a 780 I would check out the AMD r9 290 or 290x, you will get better performance at that higher resolution for a lower price.
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July 10, 2014 1:35:37 PM

burdenbound said:
If you willing to spend the money for a 780 I would check out the AMD r9 290 or 290x, you will get better performance at that higher resolution for a lower price.


I've had bad experiences with AMD, I would rather stick with the nVidia and Intel combo.
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July 10, 2014 1:36:08 PM

ksham said:
For triple 1080p, GTX 770 SLI definitely. GTX 770 SLI > GTX 780.


That is what I was most likely going to go with, I'll wait and see if a few more people respond.
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July 10, 2014 1:37:25 PM

Many prefer a single fast card over two slower SLI cards. Two 770's in SLI will give you better performance for a cheaper price for sure.

I was in the same situation, owning a single 680 and opted to simply purchase another 680 to use in SLI. The performance is fantastic and I feel like I got the best value.

However, I do have to change the settings in the Nvidia control panel whenever i surround game, to a mode that uses both cards fully. When i'm in desktop mode and want my start bar to span all 3 monitors, i have to switch back to a surround mode for the desktop. For some reason, the software has to confine the taskbar to one monitor while in surround gaming mode vs just desktop surround mode.

You will also notice that many games, upon release, may have driver issues with SLI at first. Sometimes this affects performance where the game may actually run slower in SLI mode than using one card. Other times, you may find graphical bugs and such. Eventually drivers get sorted out and usually the games run well.

This is basically just life with SLI. You get some monster performance, but if you're annoyed by little bugs and things, prepare for them.
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July 10, 2014 1:42:34 PM

Jagyir said:
That is what I was most likely going to go with, I'll wait and see if a few more people respond.

Depending on your games, 2GB VRAM isn't a lot for triple monitors so you may want to consider upping it. But that will break your SLI option.
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July 10, 2014 1:45:00 PM

cirdecus said:
Many prefer a single fast card over two slower SLI cards. Two 770's in SLI will give you better performance for a cheaper price for sure.

I was in the same situation, owning a single 680 and opted to simply purchase another 680 to use in SLI. The performance is fantastic and I feel like I got the best value.

However, I do have to change the settings in the Nvidia control panel whenever i surround game, to a mode that uses both cards fully. When i'm in desktop mode and want my start bar to span all 3 monitors, i have to switch back to a surround mode for the desktop. For some reason, the software has to confine the taskbar to one monitor while in surround gaming mode vs just desktop surround mode.

You will also notice that many games, upon release, may have driver issues with SLI at first. Sometimes this affects performance where the game may actually run slower in SLI mode than using one card. Other times, you may find graphical bugs and such. Eventually drivers get sorted out and usually the games run well.

This is basically just life with SLI. You get some monster performance, but if you're annoyed by little bugs and things, prepare for them.


ksham said:
Jagyir said:
That is what I was most likely going to go with, I'll wait and see if a few more people respond.

Depending on your games, 2GB VRAM isn't a lot for triple monitors so you may want to consider upping it. But that will break your SLI option.

That is what I was having the most concern about, the VRAM isn't alot, I know that Skyrim with some mods can easily exceed over 2GB and BF4 stays at around 2GB.
What would be your recommendation?
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July 10, 2014 1:45:28 PM

cirdecus said:
Many prefer a single fast card over two slower SLI cards. Two 770's in SLI will give you better performance for a cheaper price for sure.

I was in the same situation, owning a single 680 and opted to simply purchase another 680 to use in SLI. The performance is fantastic and I feel like I got the best value.

However, I do have to change the settings in the Nvidia control panel whenever i surround game, to a mode that uses both cards fully. When i'm in desktop mode and want my start bar to span all 3 monitors, i have to switch back to a surround mode for the desktop. For some reason, the software has to confine the taskbar to one monitor while in surround gaming mode vs just desktop surround mode.

You will also notice that many games, upon release, may have driver issues with SLI at first. Sometimes this affects performance where the game may actually run slower in SLI mode than using one card. Other times, you may find graphical bugs and such. Eventually drivers get sorted out and usually the games run well.

This is basically just life with SLI. You get some monster performance, but if you're annoyed by little bugs and things, prepare for them.


Yeah, I have no problem with bugs.
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July 10, 2014 1:55:02 PM

Jagyir said:
That is what I was having the most concern about, the VRAM isn't alot, I know that Skyrim with some mods can easily exceed over 2GB and BF4 stays at around 2GB.
What would be your recommendation?

Let's see. A 4GB GTX 770 starts at like $370. There aren't any 4GB GTX 780s. There are only 3GB and 6GB. A 3GB GTX 780 starts at $460. That's $90 more.

One way to do it would be to get a GTX 770 4GB and sell your existing 2GB to offset the price of the second GTX 770 4GB. Problem with one GTX 780 is that it may not be enough to play on triple monitors.
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July 10, 2014 1:59:11 PM

ksham said:
Jagyir said:
That is what I was having the most concern about, the VRAM isn't alot, I know that Skyrim with some mods can easily exceed over 2GB and BF4 stays at around 2GB.
What would be your recommendation?

Let's see. A 4GB GTX 770 starts at like $370. There aren't any 4GB GTX 780s. There are only 3GB and 6GB. A 3GB GTX 780 starts at $460. That's $90 more.

One way to do it would be to get a GTX 770 4GB and sell your existing 2GB to offset the price of the second GTX 770 4GB. Problem with one GTX 780 is that it may not be enough to play on triple monitors.


I'll most likely do that, I'll end up giving my 2GB to my step-dad who got me into PC gaming, hes been rocking a 660 since it came out.
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