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Old December 20, 2012, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by IRQ Conflict View Post
No, just wrong.

Yes, I was thinking of saving money by upgrading to SLI down the road. Tthe question for me is, until such time would I regret the 670. Should I have gotten the 680 instead? So many sites show an OC'ed 670 rivals a stock 680 anyway. It's just too bad no review sites off a very solid 3D vision performance chart. At least none that I have seen.
Unless you want to drop in a GTX 690, SLI 670's is almost a given for "maxed settings" 3D gaming. As for the 680 its not worth the extra dollars even though I own one (no GTX 670 when I bought my 680 ). Also (and correct me if I'm wrong) unless you have a particular brand preference go for 2 MSI GTX 670 Power Editions since Nvidia locked down the voltages on the 600 series cards. MSI unlocks the voltages on the PE cards so more or less you will get better overclocks overall on PE edition cards.

Originally Posted by IRQ Conflict View Post
Thank-you very much for this advise!
No Problem. Also If your considering custom water cooling in the future go for the HAF X. The X has more room between the Mobo and the top fan mounts then the XM so you can mount a wider variety of Rads in the top.

Originally Posted by IRQ Conflict View Post
Your absolutely right. On paper. However, I came across a forum post discussing this very topic the other day in which a person was having issues playing the game in 3D SLI. Single GPU wasn't as bad but apparently the game plus SLI really took advantage of the HT of the 3770K. It wasn't the clock speed difference, he tested for that. He also linked to a study by someone on the Anandtech forum who did a more in depth test and came to the same conclusion. 3D, especially with SLI appears to be a different beast altogether. I can't say for sure, but I'm thinking the added performance of the 3770K is helping to cover up issues or deficiencies with the tech.

I will post the link if I can find it again.

Problem is, like I said I can't find any real investigative reporting on 3D vision2 with the current crop of GPU's. So, as it stands, I figure I'll err on the side of caution and pony up the extra 100 clams. That's usually the nice thing about overkill, you can't say you came up short and regret it. Many times in the past I have suffered from cheapitis.
Fair enough and I guess it has the added benefit of having extra untapped horsepower for the future.

Originally Posted by IRQ Conflict View Post
Yes, you are right! I am too used to manipulating my FSB's with my locked multies on my Core2 Duo and Quad 6600. Thank-you! Am I correct in assuming then that the ram has no effect on the overclockability of an unlocked CPU?
As long as you don't load up all the DIMMS your fine. Loading up all the DIMMS generally lowers the max overclock you can get from the CPU.

Originally Posted by IRQ Conflict View Post
I heard somewhere though that increasing the FSB and decreasing the multiplyer was a superior way to OC. At least with the Core CPU's. I wouldn't know for sure because if I wanted anything above an average OC I had to take my NB into the stratosphere.
That doesn't apply to Core i series CPU's the FSB is gone. Crank up the CPU multiplier and when needed turn up the core voltage as well and you will be just fine getting a great overclock out of your 3770k, just make sure you have a great cooler to go along with it. I personally like all in one liquid coolers like the H80i and H100i over the big tower air coolers for this since your not mounting a 1kg block of metal and fans on your CPU and CPU socket with something like an H80i or H100i.

Originally Posted by IRQ Conflict View Post
Thank-you very much for the feedback guy's! It helps a lot. I go through a barren wasteland of ignorance every upgrade cycle. I'm more a gamer than a hardware guru.
No problem. I my self don't change platforms very often (I plan to keep my i7 920 until (hopefully) LGA 2011's replacement arrives (Haswell-E ?)) but I like to keep an eye on whats new to keep me excited and just a little jealous .

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