CHEAPEST POSSIBLE 680 SLI BUILD?

I need an extreme gaming pc, with 680 sli, but it's too expensive :( The cheapest I could come up with was a little over $2400.

So I need one with 2 680's as I mentioned before plus a cpu that won't bottleneck. Also 8gb ram please.


Nc,
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  1. Two questions:

    1. Why... Do you need 2 GTX 680s? Seriously, thats insane, even for an extreme gamer.

    2. Have you considered GTX 670s in SLi? Honestly I consider 680s to be the one of the biggest failures in Nvidia history. The "released" the 680s, they were almost impossible to find for months because of the problems they had with their chip supplies, then they release the GTX 670, and its a hell of a lot cheaper and benches almost as good as the 680.
  2. How about this? Its pretty damn extreme.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bZJk
  3. ^+1

    Yeah why do you need two 680's? There's really no need. Cheap and SLI 680's do not go together. A single card would always be better.
  4. i7 $300
    16gb 1600 ram $100
    Z77 Board $150
    hdd 1tb $100
    DVD $20
    PSU 1000watt $150
    Case $100
    Thats $920
    Add in the 2gtx680s and your at $1920. Add in windows tax and shipping and your at about $2,200 to $2,300.

    I think your stuck boss.
  5. nekulturny said:
    How about this? Its pretty damn extreme.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bZJk



    Thanks I'll probably go with 2 670's but what are so bad about the 680's??? they perform better than almost any other card apart from the 690 and 6990.
  6. Am I simply stupid, or is there just no point in getting SLI 680s when you can get a 690? Wouldn't this single-card, dual-GPU setup be better in terms of heat and power draw?
  7. If i had $1000 to blow on gpus i would rather have 2 gtx680. They are a little faster and the thermals/power are not so bad as to be unmanigable. Plus two cards gives you flex to run 6 monitors (non SLI) or to split them up if you need or wanted to part out the system.
  8. What uses more power, a 690 or 2-680? I forgot :D lol
  9. I did a quick check, the 690's TDP is 300W (whereas 2x680 would be about 390). So it'd be quieter, cooler, and draw less power, but it would also be slightly less powerful (due to its lower clock rate), and not have the amount of display adapters that an SLI config would have. Right?

    Oh, and yeah, it might be more difficult to sell than 2 680s.
  10. nc7v7 said:
    Thanks I'll probably go with 2 670's but what are so bad about the 680's??? they perform better than almost any other card apart from the 690 and 6990.



    Nvidia has always had problems moving to a new fabrication process, I guess the GTX 680 Kepler with full SMX enable makes it extremely difficult to manufacture. The 670's are defective 680's plain and simple they are crippled but still perform very close to the 680 in gaming, that is why the GTX 680 is a huge massive failure. AMD 7970 with 12.7 driver beat Nvidia at most things and are solid overclockers. If you need SLI buy 2 gtx 670's!
  11. nc7v7 said:
    Thanks I'll probably go with 2 670's but what are so bad about the 680's??? they perform better than almost any other card apart from the 690 and 6990.



    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/555?vs=598

    Simply put, the price difference between them is not worth it. Honestly, I still don't think you need 2 of those things, but if you've got the money, go for it.
  12. replying to a thread that is 24 hours old?
  13. Anonymous said:
    replying to a thread that is 24 hours old?
    http://media1.break.com/dnet/media/2008/4/04apr23-awesome-fail.jpg

    *smack* That is definitely not the first thing I wanted to see when I wake up in the morning. :ouch:
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