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Video card quagmire - thoughts?
09-30-2012, 04:35 PM,
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Shocked  Video card quagmire - thoughts?
Okay so let me throw this out there, give me your thoughts, setting aside the Green/Red fan-club for a moment.

Have a system build I am doing, money will go to the base unit first, then a new monitor later on. Current monitor is 1680x1050 20" and there is a lot of price flux in the market right now, latest driver revisions trade blows either (NV/ATI) way on what card gets cost or per game between what is the best per dollar spent config.

I'm reading that single 670 will handle 95% settings of most games even at 2560x1440 (27" at this res is where I am heading)

Okay with that in mind... While I technically CAN spend more money from 400-1000$, looking for some solid feedback on if I will have buyers remorse and the chance of overshooting on my purchase.

My end game is to be on a 27" 2560x1440 display, I want ~4-5 years longevity out of my next system, but most likely won't be able to get the monitor for ~4 months...

No personal favorites on gaming so I will probably play a gamut of most everything, FPS, RTS, MMO, SIM, etc

Wall of text out of they way, here's what I keep flopping on:
GTX670 single
GTX670 SLI
7970 single
7970GHZ single
7970SLI
GTX690

I'f Im going to be gaming at 1680x1050 for the next ~4months, then up to hi-rez 27, and want ~4-5 years out of my build. What's best money on and can you back it up with some details pls.

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09-30-2012, 04:53 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-30-2012, 04:55 PM by ricky07652.)
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RE: Video card quagmire - thoughts?
I would suggest 2 680's in SLI instead of the 690. 2 680's will be able to handle any game at full maximum settings at 2560x1440. I don't know whether games will need drastically more performance in the next 5 years, though.
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10-01-2012, 12:32 PM,
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RE: Video card quagmire - thoughts?
The GTX 690 is pretty much even with GTX 680's in SLI, so if you wanted to get the 680's, I would recommend getting a single 690 instead. However, overall, I recommend getting the GTX 670's in SLI for $700-800 depending on where you buy. The GTX 670 is only a couple frames behind the GTX 680 and about $100 cheaper.
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10-01-2012, 02:09 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-01-2012, 03:20 PM by PwnBroker.)
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RE: Video card quagmire - thoughts?
agree with ichi on the 670's in sli over the 680's. your basically paying 100 bucks more per card for basically 6% on average better performance. to put that in perspective, bf3 at 2560x1600 puts the sli 670's at 81 fps and the sli 680's at 86 fps at ultra setting with 4xmsaa.

but i differ in opinion on the 680 vs 690. first because of redundancy, if something should happen to the 690 then your out of business until you get it back from repair. with sli 680's, you'll still have one available if something should happen to one of them. next is heat, with the 690 its gonna throw more heat into your case.

with the 7970's you be dealing with more power consumption and heat at load than the 670 or 680.

good luck
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10-02-2012, 11:57 AM,
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RE: Video card quagmire - thoughts?
(10-01-2012, 02:09 PM)PwnBroker Wrote: agree with ichi on the 670's in sli over the 680's. your basically paying 100 bucks more per card for basically 6% on average better performance. to put that in perspective, bf3 at 2560x1600 puts the sli 670's at 81 fps and the sli 680's at 86 fps at ultra setting with 4xmsaa.

good luck

Solid advice, thank you everyone. since I will only be on a single 27/30" and not be doing 3d or multi-monitoring my target will be above 60hz at all times, and anything higher is cream.

I am 99% on going with the 2x SLI MSI PE 2GD5/OC. Good price, good reviews. Seem to be a commonality of crazy OC' cards and failure rates in the reviews, so I figure I'll go middle of the ground and push the OC a little more later on.

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Okay, next question. Little more creative thought on this one. Computer Case.

The case needs to be placed on a left side room wall, so there is going to be little-to-no left side air flow availability. I'm really not a fan of the computer cases that look like they were designed NERF, for the 12yr old generation (I'm looking at you Coolmaster Confused ) Not a flan of plastic bits either.

I like minimalist, but need plenty of front to back through airflow if the left is blocked. I do like some of Antec's stuff, Corsair, Lian-LI etc that have some clean solid lines. Nothing full sized, and not crazy about spending more than $130 or so.

Was looking at the Carbide 400R, Antec 1100 (but the plastic window is kinda a waste)

Got any good recommendations?
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10-02-2012, 01:20 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-02-2012, 01:24 PM by Brandonsr.)
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RE: Video card quagmire - thoughts?
I'm a huge fan of Fractal Design Due to the Minimalist looks.

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10-02-2012, 04:09 PM,
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RE: Video card quagmire - thoughts?
(10-02-2012, 11:57 AM)tinman12 Wrote:
(10-01-2012, 02:09 PM)PwnBroker Wrote: agree with ichi on the 670's in sli over the 680's. your basically paying 100 bucks more per card for basically 6% on average better performance. to put that in perspective, bf3 at 2560x1600 puts the sli 670's at 81 fps and the sli 680's at 86 fps at ultra setting with 4xmsaa.

good luck

Solid advice, thank you everyone. since I will only be on a single 27/30" and not be doing 3d or multi-monitoring my target will be above 60hz at all times, and anything higher is cream.

I am 99% on going with the 2x SLI MSI PE 2GD5/OC. Good price, good reviews. Seem to be a commonality of crazy OC' cards and failure rates in the reviews, so I figure I'll go middle of the ground and push the OC a little more later on.

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Okay, next question. Little more creative thought on this one. Computer Case.

The case needs to be placed on a left side room wall, so there is going to be little-to-no left side air flow availability. I'm really not a fan of the computer cases that look like they were designed NERF, for the 12yr old generation (I'm looking at you Coolmaster Confused ) Not a flan of plastic bits either.

I like minimalist, but need plenty of front to back through airflow if the left is blocked. I do like some of Antec's stuff, Corsair, Lian-LI etc that have some clean solid lines. Nothing full sized, and not crazy about spending more than $130 or so.

Was looking at the Carbide 400R, Antec 1100 (but the plastic window is kinda a waste)

Got any good recommendations?

not to scare you off the MSI power edition cards, but you might have a read at this just in case you have any problems that are described in the article. and this may only pertain to certain market segments in the world but the article makes is sound as if though all of those cards were designed like this. hope mat doesnt mind me posting the link.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/MSI-GTX...18013.html
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10-02-2012, 11:19 PM,
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RE: Video card quagmire - thoughts?
(10-02-2012, 04:09 PM)PwnBroker Wrote: not to scare you off the MSI power edition cards, but you might have a read at this just in case you have any problems that are described in the article. and this may only pertain to certain market segments in the world but the article makes is sound as if though all of those cards were designed like this. hope mat doesnt mind me posting the link.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/MSI-GTX...18013.html

Wow... Thanks for pointing that out!
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