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Should I buy a GTX 760 or GTX 770?

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GTX 760, or GTX 770?

Total: 16 votes (2 blank votes)

  • GTX 760
  • 19 %
  • GTX 770
  • 82 %
August 5, 2013 8:31:58 PM

Hey all,

I've been running on a Gigabyte GTX 560 for some time now, and I've decided that it's time for an upgrade. Here's my situation:

I'm currently unsure of whether or not I should buy a GTX 760, or a GTX 770. I am painfully aware of the impending (well, sorta) release of the Maxwell 800 series next year, which is supposed to be significantly faster than what we have now. I'm pretty sure I'm going to invest in one, UNLESS my current card is doing just fine.

As for my needs, I'd like to be able to run all of the high end titles, like Crysis 3, Last Light, and the upcoming Watch Dogs, at no lower than 40 FPS completely maxed out (well, maybe with a little drop in AA if needed). I want to be able to handle cutting edge graphics for at least a year. The Gtx 760 seems like a solid candidate for these prerequisites.

However, if the GTX 770 can handle all of the high end games to my standards for the next 2, even 3 years, than I'd rather go with that. I'm assuming that a year after the first Maxwell cards, they'll release an improved series of cards based on the architecture, as they did this generation.

I guess what I'm saying is, will the GTX 770 start dragging behind a year or two from now, or will it remain top of the line for some time to come? I'm not filthy rich or anything, so money is an issue, although I can afford both at the moment, the GTX 770 is $140 more, thus $140 less money to spend on other things.

Should I go with the GTX 760, or the GTX 770?

Thanks!

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August 5, 2013 8:42:25 PM

The 770 will hold it's own for at least 2 years. Later on if you want you can SLI them and it'll still destroy any game that comes it's way for at least 3 years+. What resolution do you use and do you play any modded games? I know crysis at all max does go over the 2gb of VRAM so you might want to consider the 4gb version.
August 5, 2013 9:21:24 PM

I run at 1080p and will stay there for some time.

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August 5, 2013 9:34:14 PM

Thanks for the recommendations man. I'm leaning towards the GIGABYTE GTX 770 OC.

So any other opinions? So far 1 in favor of GTX 770!
August 5, 2013 9:36:08 PM

No problem at all, you won't be disappointed at all with either card.

Don't forget to choose best answer! :) 
August 5, 2013 10:08:38 PM

I'll be sure to do that!
August 5, 2013 10:36:59 PM

I also just realized that the GTX 760 is extremely powerful in SLI. SLI'd 760s preform almost identically to the GTX Titan, and only cost $120 more than a 770.

What are the disadvantages of SLI, and does this change your opinion?
August 5, 2013 10:39:21 PM

Of course, if you're able to do that then i'd venture down that option. I'd maybe consider getting the 4gb versions just in case you choose to go to a higher resolution later on or you like games like crysis or Skyrim with mods.

760's in SLI is a fantastic option.
August 5, 2013 11:04:01 PM

Now I've realized that I may have to upgrade my PSU to SLI 760s. Right now I have a 600wt corsair...

How can I determine how much power I'll need for SLI 760s?
August 5, 2013 11:07:57 PM



750 will be more than enough for those two cards. You could probably use the 600 watt but I would at least get a 750 for some headroom. Your full system will probably use up 550watts or so under a gaming load. That's providing nothing is overclocked and what not.
August 6, 2013 12:32:08 AM

Man, thanks for all the help! Do you think that a GTX 760 will tie me over until the Maxwells?

After some research, it appears that the 770 averages 10 FPS over the 760. I'm just not sure if this is worth it or not. Neither seem capable of maxing out Crysis 3 (760=29 FPS, 770=33 FPS).

I guess I'm skeptical that a 770 will handle games for another 2 years, considering that it can't reach 40FPS in maxed out Crysis 3.
August 6, 2013 12:41:10 AM

Crysis is a different game all around lol. No game comes close to what crysis does to a computer and GPU. Like you said earlier if you SLI 760s now or further on you'll be fine for at least 2 years. 4gb versions would help as well.

No problem at all man, keeps me busy while at work haha.
August 6, 2013 1:10:22 AM

You work late!

What are the disadvantages of a SLI setup? It seems like you're temps would raise significantly...
August 6, 2013 1:15:06 AM

goaskalice00 said:
You work late!

What are the disadvantages of a SLI setup? It seems like you're temps would raise significantly...

Uses more power than a single card setup, takes more space, every game will not support the setup initially. Temperatures can be higher, but if you have a case with good airflow, or use the blower style cooler it shouldn't be that much hotter.

August 6, 2013 1:27:45 AM

Sorry to butt in, but thought I could throw in my two cents on this. 760 is a pretty damn good card, but it probably won't hold its own (without SLI, of course) after about a year or so from now, around the time the next-next gen games come out (Battlefield 5 or whatever) which is when you might want to use the SLI option, assuming you are using 1080p with optimal settings. The SLI does present its own set of problems, such as the possibility of micro-stuttering, increased power draw, heat, etc etc, essentially everything Dayday said. A 770 will be able to hold on for a bit longer, through another two or so years of games before optimal settings wouldn't be as pleasurable. You could choose to SLI the 770's, which would be incredibly powerful but again would deal with the same problems as any other SLI configuration. Now the SLI would be a good option down the road despite these problems because in a few years these cards will (hopefully) be a bit cheaper, and would get rid of the need to upgrade to a whole new GPU. Or you could choose to wait a few months for the 8000 series from AMD coming this fall (price varies, but rumored to be more powerful than any other card out there) or wait for the GTX 800 series, which you are painfully awaiting :) 
August 6, 2013 1:28:52 AM

Dayday831 said:
goaskalice00 said:
You work late!

What are the disadvantages of a SLI setup? It seems like you're temps would raise significantly...

Uses more power than a single card setup, takes more space, every game will not support the setup initially. Temperatures can be higher, but if you have a case with good airflow, or use the blower style cooler it shouldn't be that much hotter.



Exactly what he said, you'll see a rise in temps but nothing too dramatic. You can easily compensate with extra fans and such. 760s or 770's in SLI will last at least two years. Also MOST big name games support SLI if not all of them. Very little games no a days don't have the support for them. If they don't have the support then they will most likely be getting it sometime soon if it's still a relevant game.

I'm a nurse and I work a 12 hour night shift. :p  Only reason I'm on is because it's really slow tonight, haha.
August 6, 2013 1:35:49 AM

No problem, I actually want as many opinions as possible!

I know that I will be buying one of the Maxwell cards, if not in 2014, than definitely in 2015. I prefer a single card setup over SLI

How taxing do you guys think games will be over the upcoming year? Games like Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV, Battlefield 4, MGS Ground Zeroes, and whatever else comes about? The PS4 will supposedly run these at 60 FPS. Do you think a GTX 760 will be able to do the same? I know it's damn near impossible to tell...

Still not sure if playing at 50 FPS instead of 40 FPS is worth the extra $140, when the new architecture will probably run almost everything at 60 FPS...
August 6, 2013 1:39:02 AM

goaskalice00 said:
No problem, I actually want as many opinions as possible!

I know that I will be buying one of the Maxwell cards, if not in 2014, than definitely in 2015. I prefer a single card setup over SLI

How taxing do you guys think games will be over the upcoming year? Games like Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV, Battlefield 4, MGS Ground Zeroes, and whatever else comes about? The PS4 will supposedly run these at 60 FPS. Do you think a GTX 760 will be able to do the same? I know it's damn near impossible to tell...

Still not sure if playing at 50 FPS instead of 40 FPS is worth the extra $140, when the new architecture will probably run almost everything at 60 FPS...


Its really hard to tell how well things will run figuring the minimum and required specs for most of these games haven't officially been announced. Nvidia claimed the 760 will have increased performance in next gen games (BF4 COD Ghosts) with the 760, but that means not much of anything. Really hard to tell at this point, but I am figuring they will probably be able to handle these new games at atleast high quality, which will be better than the PS4.
August 6, 2013 1:50:00 AM

First of all the new consoles will be playing a very dumbed down version. A 760 is LEAPS and BOUNDS above what they have inside of them so no point in comparing the two. As for the games you listed yes but you'll have to tweak a few settings to hit the magic number for FPS. Just like in all games. Turn off a few things such as AA or of that sort. Your game won't look different or feel different but your FPS will spike up. The memory bandwith with the 760 and 770 are increased which will help out a lot. A 760 right now will fun any game comfortable on medium/high and any game for the next year or two depending on how you set your in game settings.

You'll be able to run on ultra or whatever but you won't have the best fps or most stable (30ish fps but maybe spikes or drops). For me I competitive game and I actually run all of my settings on low with a few on high. I have dual 770s and get well over 140fps in all games. I have 144hz monitor that I utilize and get the most fulid game play from. So it all depends on your definition of your perfect settings.
August 6, 2013 7:17:16 AM

Any particular reason you recommend MSI? I'm leaning more towards Gigabyte OC: http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-2GB-WINDFORCE-Grap...

Also, the EVGA SC seems like a solid choice as well.

Gigabyte OC includes Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which in my mind equates to at least a $20 discount if I sell it online!
August 6, 2013 7:45:09 AM

goaskalice00 said:
Any particular reason you recommend MSI? I'm leaning more towards Gigabyte OC: http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-2GB-WINDFORCE-Grap...

Also, the EVGA SC seems like a solid choice as well.

Gigabyte OC includes Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which in my mind equates to at least a $20 discount if I sell it online!


I just got the gtx 760 windforce. Awesome card for the money. Doubled my frame rate iver my old 7770. Great value.

August 6, 2013 8:49:51 AM

goaskalice00 said:
Hey all,

I've been running on a Gigabyte GTX 560 for some time now, and I've decided that it's time for an upgrade. Here's my situation:

I'm currently unsure of whether or not I should buy a GTX 760, or a GTX 770. I am painfully aware of the impending (well, sorta) release of the Maxwell 800 series next year, which is supposed to be significantly faster than what we have now. I'm pretty sure I'm going to invest in one, UNLESS my current card is doing just fine.

As for my needs, I'd like to be able to run all of the high end titles, like Crysis 3, Last Light, and the upcoming Watch Dogs, at no lower than 40 FPS completely maxed out (well, maybe with a little drop in AA if needed). I want to be able to handle cutting edge graphics for at least a year. The Gtx 760 seems like a solid candidate for these prerequisites.

However, if the GTX 770 can handle all of the high end games to my standards for the next 2, even 3 years, than I'd rather go with that. I'm assuming that a year after the first Maxwell cards, they'll release an improved series of cards based on the architecture, as they did this generation.

I guess what I'm saying is, will the GTX 770 start dragging behind a year or two from now, or will it remain top of the line for some time to come? I'm not filthy rich or anything, so money is an issue, although I can afford both at the moment, the GTX 770 is $140 more, thus $140 less money to spend on other things.

Should I go with the GTX 760, or the GTX 770?

Thanks!


The 770s in sli would be a more powerful then 760s..The more cores/bandwidth/bus/rops will play out alot better from 2 770s more so
August 6, 2013 11:58:13 AM

I had a very simple MSI single-fan 760 which had a bogus fan right out of the box. Thing would hit 100 degrees Celsius before shutting down. Couldn't get a replacement either because the thing got discontinued 2 days after I bought it. Go with the Windforce if you can. Cooling is amazing and higher clock speeds then some of the other models. EVGA isn't bad either, so check out their Superclocked 760.
August 6, 2013 6:00:57 PM

skilledman101 said:
I had a very simple MSI single-fan 760 which had a bogus fan right out of the box. Thing would hit 100 degrees Celsius before shutting down. Couldn't get a replacement either because the thing got discontinued 2 days after I bought it. Go with the Windforce if you can. Cooling is amazing and higher clock speeds then some of the other models. EVGA isn't bad either, so check out their Superclocked 760.


I still would go for a 770 tbh then sli later on if possible..Just a 770 does nicely by its self and 2 would wreck shop
August 6, 2013 6:19:39 PM

You said you're interested in a single card set up, I'd go for the 770 if you have the money. If you don't then the 760 is the card for you. You won't be disappointed with the 760 at all. As for future use both will last 2years+ settings might vary between now and then but you'll still have amazing quality. As for brands, I'd go with EVGA, Gigabyte, ASUS. I'm not a huge fan of MSI. EVGA and Gigabyte being the top two with those card versions.
August 6, 2013 10:00:54 PM

So I went ahead an ordered a Gigabyte 770 OC! This will be my first high end GPU (my current card is a GTX 560).

I'm a bit nervous! I hope the card is worth the extra doe...
August 6, 2013 10:40:22 PM

Congrats on your new card! It's more than worth it and you'll find out soon enough!

Don't forget to pick best answer!
August 6, 2013 11:26:06 PM

Thanks man, I am looking forward to it!

I can't choose a best answer! It seems that option isn't available in polls or discussions :( 
August 7, 2013 3:28:59 AM

goaskalice00 said:
So I went ahead an ordered a Gigabyte 770 OC! This will be my first high end GPU (my current card is a GTX 560).

I'm a bit nervous! I hope the card is worth the extra doe...


From a gtx 560 yes its a sick upgrade for you and i know you will def enjoy the 700 for sure

August 7, 2013 3:57:19 AM

What is your CPU in terms of bottleneck?
August 7, 2013 3:27:15 PM

My CPU is an i5 2500k. This won't bottleneck me, will it?
August 7, 2013 3:45:36 PM

Doesnt seem like it... remeber to leave "best soulotion"
August 7, 2013 4:35:41 PM

goaskalice00 said:
My CPU is an i5 2500k. This won't bottleneck me, will it?


I own the 2500k my self and paired it with the 770 OC u will hit 60fps/high ultra in most games except crysis 3 last light but other then that your pretty much covered and you wont see a bottleneck. Also remember as i said before you can always sli the 770s as well if you dont wanna wait for the 800s and most likely your 1 770 will do just fine.

August 7, 2013 6:39:26 PM

Huzzah! The 770 is a great card. I was considering getting one myself but I have a 1440x900 res monitor so it wouldn't do me any good without an upgraded monitor.
August 12, 2013 2:02:12 PM

Hey dude, I understand you completely well, I just built my first pc last wednsday and did loads of research to choose the best components, when I finally got to the GPU I almost went crazy with all the research, and finally narrowed it down to 760 or 770.
For a bit more money I chose the one that will last me longer, the 770, because the amount I payed extra can easily be saved in a year or 2 more that the card holds out.
There will be always newer and better gpus coming out, it´s just the way things are, but that doesn´t mean the one you have becomes obsolete, I´m pretty happy with the 770 performance so far.
Hope it helps!
August 12, 2013 2:08:37 PM

Gattana said:
Hey dude, I understand you completely well, I just built my first pc last wednsday and did loads of research to choose the best components, when I finally got to the GPU I almost went crazy with all the research, and finally narrowed it down to 760 or 770.
For a bit more money I chose the one that will last me longer, the 770, because the amount I payed extra can easily be saved in a year or 2 more that the card holds out.
There will be always newer and better gpus coming out, it´s just the way things are, but that doesn´t mean the one you have becomes obsolete, I´m pretty happy with the 770 performance so far.
Hope it helps!


And thats how i think i see alot of people getting gpus thats "getting them by" and i mean it works but you find your slef upgrading more then you need to unless you just want to. The 770 is a bit more but will last longer performance wise more so then the 760 and as i said before sli would be a sicker option with the 770s but thats just me though
August 12, 2013 2:29:59 PM

Hey guys, while I have your attention...

When I was installing my card, I VERY stupidly removed the serial number sticker off the card. I think handling such a beast made me so nervous that my judgement was impaired..

Anyways, afterwards I realized that I needed that sticker for my warranty! I frantically searched everywhere for it, under my equipment, in every cabinet, in every crevice of each box of hardware. I even got on my hands and knees and scoured every square inch of the carpet in my work area, to no avail :( 

Yesterday I found it stuck to the back of my shirt, just before it went into the laundry. Yeah.

The sticker is still in one piece and in good condition, outside of having shirt fuzz on the sticky side. Of course, I still have the box the GPU came in, along with my Newegg receipt. I went with Gigabyte. Anyways, is my warranty still valid?

I bought the Gigabyte GTX 770 OC Windforce. It was between that and the EVGA SC ACX 770. The Gigabyte was $20 cheaper, had a higher stock clock, and included a free download of Splinter Cell Blacklist. I regret it a little now, as ACX cooling seems 6c or so cooler than Windforce, and EVGA seems to have the better customer service. What do you guys think?
August 29, 2013 1:08:12 PM

i have a gtx 770 and it's great!!
i play crysis 3 max 60 fps constant so i think you don't have to worry about that stuff.
i would totaly go 770
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