Greetings, friends. I am looking for the best performing GTX 680 that fits in my build. It has to work with a 550W power supply and the cost should not be straying far from the $350 mark with Black Friday discounts. Size is not a terribly limiting factor, but I'd like it to be below 11.5" long. And if it matters, I'm considering to dabble in overclocking in the future. As of now, I've been eyeballing the Gigabyte WindForce 2GB version ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ). Thanks, guys.
You cannot afford a 680 you can afford 670 maybe here my recommendation The ASUS TX 670 DirectCU II is a custom-PCB monster much like most all of the ASUS offerings. ASUS has their own special way of taking a standard card and sprinkling some magic on it to ensure that the card you get is nothing short of exceptional. This is not something that is surprising but also it will stay awesome for a long time as the card may be built for performance but many of the features are built to ensure it keeps on working for a long time.GTX 670 DirectCU II was born TOP, a video card generous in every respect. With high performance and the heat sink slot DirectCU II to the top of the range ASUS is set to make inroads into the hearts of hardcore overclockers thanks to a generous factory overclock and quality components designed to increase the frequency.Although not part of the series "ROG" the GTX 670 DirectCU II Top trace the line between video cards ASUS Classic those belonging to the elite end.This card can and does preform better then stock 680's it violently murders them actually.I would be all over that Asus TOP for its high factory overclock, cool temps, and really, really quiet fans,heavily modified PCB, with an efficient VRM design to produce low temperatures, improved voltage regulation circuitry, much better Chil controller , specially binned chip and voltage control and monitoring support that you won't find on most other non-reference cards.The thing a straight beast!The other card i highly recommend.MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks. MSI is asking a $389.99 for their card, which doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks.