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Which GTX600 series card Should replace my SLI

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July 10, 2012 2:33:25 PM

Money isn't really a factor because I usually update my PC around my Tax return. But I wanted to go single card instead of my current sli I really want to get a GTX 690 but I'm not sure if its even worth it for me. I am running a single monitor 1980x1080P and no 3d vision also I would prefer not to have to get a new PSU but this is my current build.


Graphic Cards: 2 GTX 560 Ti 2GB in sli
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB SATA III
SSD: Munchkin Enhanced Delux 120GB
Hard Drive: HITACHI 500GB
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner
Operator: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
PSU: XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular
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July 10, 2012 2:45:43 PM

Personally I would say its not worth bothering. However in a money no object scenario I would consider a GTX 680. Your only going to be getting a little better performance realistically.

The thing is do you need it ? are you having issues running anything ? I would guess not.

Mactronix :) 
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July 10, 2012 2:47:01 PM

Wait for the 770 or 780. Only a 690 is a significant upgrade over 2 560tis.
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July 10, 2012 2:49:28 PM

Honestly I'd go with the EVGA 670 FTW, it stock overclocked an preforms on par with a reference 680. Maybe 2-3% slower but in games you will not notice that at all. Plus it is $100 cheaper. It will preform about the same as the sli 560 ti that you have. Maybe 5-10% slower. But again, that sort of performance probably won't be noticed in games. Only in Benchmarks, it would also mean less heat, less power, less noise, and no general SLI issues which is great. Also giving you the option to grab another one when it's on sale and SLI those.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 10, 2012 3:22:27 PM

Everything runs really well my only goal honestly was being able to run Witcher2 with ubersampling on at 60FPs lol I know im pretty shallow since I can run BF3 at Ultra why care about 1 game. Is it possible to run a GTX 680 sli with one of my 560's that I'm just curious about I still want a single card set up
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July 10, 2012 3:27:16 PM

NewbiePcgamer84 said:
Everything runs really well my only goal honestly was being able to run Witcher2 with ubersampling on at 60FPs lol I know im pretty shallow since I can run BF3 at Ultra why care about 1 game. Is it possible to run a GTX 680 sli with one of my 560's that I'm just curious about I still want a single card set up


You want to SLI a 680 with your 560...??? Is that what you are asking?
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July 10, 2012 3:27:32 PM

NewbiePcgamer84 said:
Everything runs really well my only goal honestly was being able to run Witcher2 with ubersampling on at 60FPs lol I know im pretty shallow since I can run BF3 at Ultra why care about 1 game. Is it possible to run a GTX 680 sli with one of my 560's that I'm just curious about I still want a single card set up

No they can't be SLIed together...
You could use one of the GTX 560 Ti as a physics card with a GTX 680... A bit overkill but it would do in a pinch
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July 10, 2012 3:31:58 PM

Yes you can use one of the cards for physics but that wouldn't improve any gameplay or frame rates at all unless the game by chance makes use of physics. It would just be sitting there hogging power and producing heat. There wouldn't be much use of it if you were to use both cards like that.
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July 10, 2012 3:40:34 PM

Oh ok thanks on the sli answer. So basically get a GTX 690 to get performance improvement or get a 680 for equal performance value?
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July 10, 2012 3:57:06 PM

The 680 will be generally smoother and not have the same vram limit of the sli 560's but they will preform just about on par with each other, so an upgrade really won't be necessary. The only major improvement would be the 690, how major that would be I'm not sure. But the 680 and 670 as it is will max out anything you throw at it. So the 690 to me wouldn't be worth the $1,000.

Have a look at this article on Tom's comparing the 680 to SLI 560 ti
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/345270-31-tomshardwar...
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July 10, 2012 4:09:50 PM

That was pretty informative thanks a lot. You just kept an extra $300 to $400 in my pocket depending on if i go 4gb or overclock edition. I just hope they don't announce the 700 series will be release next year cause I don't think Ill try to keep up anymore after I get the 680 at least not for a couple of years lol
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July 10, 2012 4:34:57 PM

Oh my god that thing is a beast. Putting it in my shopping cart now lol
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July 10, 2012 5:26:46 PM

Whats the difference between classified that its a lil bit more money? is it overclocked already or am I missing something all together
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July 10, 2012 5:31:02 PM

looks to me just an increase in the core and boost clock speeds. So I guess you could say it's already overclocked, yes.
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July 10, 2012 5:40:17 PM

Im a huge fan of the MSI cooling system but that EVGA is looking too good to pass up
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July 10, 2012 5:55:38 PM

NewbiePcgamer84 said:
Im a huge fan of the MSI cooling system but that EVGA is looking too good to pass up


Go for it man, you only live once.
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July 13, 2012 8:57:09 AM

I over clocked My i5 2500k to just 4.0Mhz im new to doing it and it kinda makes me nervous but so far temps are good and voltage is 1.35 on long sessions on Crysis or BF3. I'm gonna go GTX680 but I will wait and see how the prices fluctuate
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July 13, 2012 4:50:08 PM

My mother board is a GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68. Like I said Im new to it so I probably did do something wrong. I only found one video with my board and the guy was terrible at explaining anything.
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July 13, 2012 4:59:59 PM

Yeah man please help. I'm not above learning
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July 13, 2012 5:23:24 PM

I would pick up more than one 670.
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July 13, 2012 5:32:34 PM

I brought up at 4.2 Im getting 1.34 voltage 58c temp
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July 13, 2012 6:01:02 PM

whats to high for heat? what do you get for your set up heat temps and voltage
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July 13, 2012 6:19:07 PM

oh wow Im way to high I really need to research and try to fix that thanks for the heads up
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July 14, 2012 2:18:45 AM

I had to do some tweaking and a bit of research but my Ram was totally off instead of being 9-9-9-24 it was 11-11-11-29 I fixed that. I read the reason my voltage was so high was because some boards prefer you put in a voltage if kept on auto it'll give you sometimes higher voltage than necessary. I don't know if that's accurate let me know. I kept my cpu at 4.2 and the temps are actually 50c to 55c now.
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