I am building a new gaming PC and I am going to be CFX or SLi video cards in my rig. I will most likely be getting an i5 3570K, 8GB DDR, and a good 80 plus power supply, SSD is a possibiliy also. Basically I will be playing at 1920x1080 on a single 24'' LED Acer monitor for now, maybe multiple in the future. I want to get constant 60fps in all my games and be able to play on the highest/ultra settings. That being said I was looking at single card setups but aren't pleased enough with the performance, so I will be gettingtwo cards to SLI or CFX. I want to know the best value-performance for a good dual card solution, I was looking at GTX 660 SLi, GTX 660 TI SLi, 7870 GHz CFX and 7950 CFX. Which would be the best value for the money? Dont worry about physX because I am not worried about that. I hear there are some bandwidth issues with the 660 ti as it is only 192-bit. I am kind of torn between going 7870 GHz Crossfire or 7950 CFX or what. Basically I need to know the best performance I can get for dollar between SLI GTX 660, 660 TI, 7870 GHz and 7950. Which is the best choice for CFX/SLi?
Nah I had a GTX 670 TOP from ASUS on my last rig, and it was a good card, but I want to be more future proof, and the thing is for less money than a 680, I can get dual 660s and for a little more dual 660 ti's and that's a lot more performance then a single 680.
Lol, no future proofing huh, well there is such a thing as MORE future proof then a single card that probably won't make it until 2015 where dual 7950s would most likely. All I'm saying. A GTX 690 is $1000 lol, you can get dual 670s for $200 less. What I'm saying is maybe getting dual 7870 GHz in CFX would be a better option then spending the same amount for a GTX 680 that is less powerful, but I understand I will be dealing with a few more issues like micro-stuttering, but that stuff aside, the performance will be better overall.
There's really no need for those types of rigs at 1080p. I second that there is no future proof. You're going to need to keep upgrading. I have a single 7870 card and it runs all games at a 1080p on ultra at 50-70, avg 60. If your going with crossfire, 7870 CFX is MORE than enough considering I AVG 60 on a single card.
So are you saying go with a single GTX 680 then for now and then maybe sell towards next high end card maybe late next year? How would that work? Should I go for something like the MSI GTX 680 Lightning?
That above list looks pretty good... I think the gtx680 is kinda sitting in 'no mans land' from a price/performance perspective. Realistically you'd go a gtx670 if you want nVidia or otherwise a 7970 and save some money... or as another possibility for the price of the 680 you could CF 7870 and still save.
I like the idea of getting one 7970 now, considering it will give you 60+ fps at 1920x1080 in pretty much every current game and then add a second later... while making sure your PSU can accommodate (750W).
See Tom's 2K this month build for some CF 7970 fps situations: