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satchmo2002 August 20, 2012 07:47 AM

Max Graphics question
 
In my new build I have about $1200 to spend on gfx cards and here are the choices I'm trying to decide between, keep in mind I do not care too much about performance per dollar I just want max performance for what's in my $1200 budget.

2x 680's
3x 670's
3x 660ti's

As of right now I am using only 1080p but my next upgrade may be a 2560x1440 monitor. Thanks in advance for opinions, and any insight as to why one option would give better performance.

Adzsask August 20, 2012 07:58 AM

None of the above, either a single 690, or a pair of 670's.

Bond007 August 20, 2012 08:28 AM

Pair of 670 and use the rest of the money towards another upgrade.

Dzzope August 20, 2012 08:55 AM

Single 680 / 7970 should be fine for a single 2560x1440 monitor.. but if you want better than fine the as Adzsask said, 690 / Dual 670's would be my choice..

Really depends on if you want to go multi-monitor with the 27" or use it on it's own..
try to think ahead.. but not too far as if your staying single monitor for the next year then a new generation of cards will be out by the time you will need to upgrade for your monitors.

satchmo2002 August 20, 2012 12:07 PM

I prob wont get to upgrade my vid cards again after this for about 2-3 years, so I just need to make sure whatever I go with will keep stuff running that far in advance.

Dzzope August 20, 2012 12:31 PM

IMO, single 690 or dual 670's / 680's will be plenty enough.. Any more would be a waste of money as s tri sli doesn't scale that well and you'd be better saving the money now to upgrade a bit sooner..

JJThomp August 20, 2012 04:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dzzope (Post 649863)
IMO, single 690 or dual 670's / 680's will be plenty enough.. Any more would be a waste of money as s tri sli doesn't scale that well and you'd be better saving the money now to upgrade a bit sooner..

This... You could also upgrade to a awesome monitor if you go with 2 670's afterall what are good graphics cards without an equally good monitor to view them on.

NyteOwl August 21, 2012 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by satchmo2002 (Post 649856)
I prob wont get to upgrade my vid cards again after this for about 2-3 years, so I just need to make sure whatever I go with will keep stuff running that far in advance.

That was my idea when I built my current workstation 4 years ago this month. My HD4870 is still ticking along splendidly, though It doesn't handle things like BF3 and Metro very well these days. Still, good for pretty much all standard tasks and most games.

For that kind of money I'd go 690 or a pair of 670's.

Then again unless I was making a living doing graphics design or video editing I'd never think of spending that much money on video.

mchutch August 21, 2012 12:26 PM

GFX
 
I am using a single water cooled GTX 680 Superclocked+ with three 23" LCDs running @ 6048x1080, and a 52" LCD TV @ 1920x1080.

You can't go wrong with the dual 670's or a 690 but whatever cards you grab don't overlook putting a little money into cooling them well!

Doesn't have to be water, even choosing a good case where you can get air on 'em.

satchmo2002 August 21, 2012 05:44 PM

I already have all the stuff for my watercooling except blocks ofc b/c still undecided on cards.


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