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May 17, 2012 7:31:31 PM

I want to build a new gaming computer, but I don't know if I should go with dual gfx cards. I've never used dual gfx cards before, so I don't know how much better they are, or even how they work. If I get the dual gfx cards it will be ~100 dollars more, and I don't know if that's worth it or not.

Or maybe someone has a better suggestion of what card(s) i should get?

P.S. I will be playing games like Battlefield 3 and Skyrim.

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May 17, 2012 7:36:53 PM

nubzilla said:
I want to build a new gaming computer, but I don't know if I should go with dual gfx cards. I've never used dual gfx cards before, so I don't know how much better they are, or even how they work. If I get the dual gfx cards it will be ~100 dollars more, and I don't know if that's worth it or not.

Or maybe someone has a better suggestion of what card(s) i should get?

P.S. I will be playing games like Battlefield 3 and Skyrim.



Get a GTX 670 and with the money you saved buy dual 23" monitors.
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May 17, 2012 7:40:14 PM

getting a single new gtx 680 gives you much better performance, also keeps you alot happy, 680 is newer uses less power,cooler,quiter,faster and good overclocking. I'd go with gtx680
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May 17, 2012 7:47:14 PM

What is your resolution? What is your budget? What is your power supply?
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May 17, 2012 7:50:29 PM

My resolution is 1920x1080, my power supply is Corsair HX750 750W. My budget is $2000.
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May 17, 2012 8:19:24 PM

all those things is good for a single gtx 680 solution..
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May 17, 2012 8:21:12 PM

If I was building brand new I would get a 670 or 680.

If I already had one with a 570, already had a PSU and mobo to support it, I would add another 570.

If I already had one with a 570, but needed to buy another PSU or mobo to SLI it, I would just buy the 670 or 680.

Since you're building new, pick up the 670/680 but make sure you buy a mobo and PSU that will allow you to toss in another 670/680 so when BF4 comes out, you'll be ready.

You want to weigh cost, but also card sizes, heat, noise and think, 3 years down the road.
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May 17, 2012 8:21:41 PM

I was in the exact same boat as you, but was deciding between a pair of 580s or a single 680. I went with the gtx 680 and could be happier. I plan to get another 680 in the future for SLI. I got lucky and snagged a 680 for $500 which helped with the decision too.

I wouldn't pay the rediculous prices the 680s are at with some retailers if you can wait. I'd keep check retailers that are listing them "out of stock" and hope you get lucky like me. However if you can't wait then I'd try for the 670 which is almost as good as the 680.
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May 17, 2012 8:27:52 PM

Twin 570s will outperform the single 670 in the majority of games. The 6xx series (@ 55%) also doesn't scale as well as the 5xx series (@75%) did....at least w/ current drivers. Multiple all the fps in the graphs here for the 570 by 1.75 and you see:

http://pcper.com/news/Graphics-Cards/GeForce-GTX-670-vs...

the following advantages for the twin 570's:

BF3 - 27%
Dirt 3 - 36%
Skyrim - 88%
Metro 2033 - 38%
Dues Ex HR - 47%
Batman AC - 570 loses (670 is 13% faster than twin 570's



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May 17, 2012 8:40:06 PM

If you can find a good price on the 670 or a 580 I would say that would be far more than enough for 1080 P
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May 17, 2012 9:07:11 PM

gtx 680; I go for the big single and then add a second later on when the price drops.
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May 17, 2012 9:16:27 PM

2 GTX 570s outperform a single GTX 670 and sometimes a GTX 680.
But the GTX 680 is the best option to go with because 2 GTX 570s consume much power, will run hotter than a single card, SLI doesn't always scale well, the 1.2GB VRAM sometimes is a major stutter and bottleneck for certain games.

2 GTX 570s = GTX 590 (that in case you get the proper scaling of GTX 570s in SLI)
GTX 680 is 3-5% slower than GTX 590, If you OC it there will be no difference.
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May 17, 2012 9:32:10 PM

This is 1920x1080 right what in the world are all you guys even suggesting 680's or 570's sli ? 580 already does a damn fine (excessive) job at that resoltion damn even a 570 is enough sans the maxed out witcher or metro
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May 17, 2012 10:31:03 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Twin 570s will outperform the single 670 in the majority of games. The 6xx series (@ 55%) also doesn't scale as well as the 5xx series (@75%) did....at least w/ current drivers. Multiple all the fps in the graphs here for the 570 by 1.75 and you see:

http://pcper.com/news/Graphics-Cards/GeForce-GTX-670-vs...

the following advantages for the twin 570's:

BF3 - 27%
Dirt 3 - 36%
Skyrim - 88%
Metro 2033 - 38%
Dues Ex HR - 47%
Batman AC - 570 loses (670 is 13% faster than twin 570's


The scaling is misleading. The problem isn't that they don't scale as well, it's just that at 1080p, the CPU will bottleneck before the SLI 670/680's will hit their full performance.
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May 25, 2012 3:52:20 AM

Best answer selected by nubzilla.
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