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Old February 12, 2015, 08:19 AM
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Both are way overkill, and neither are well suited for a HTPC. If I had to choose one it would be the 780ti. I would strongly consider selling one and getting a gtx 970, it is still overkill for 1080p.
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Old February 12, 2015, 08:29 AM
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By the time he takes the time to do the sale, shipping and all the messing around he would end up with a net zero gain of cash or horsepower. It is overkill, but I don't see much of an out for him.
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Old February 12, 2015, 08:40 AM
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At least the 970 might be quieter and need a smaller PSU than the 780, wouldn't it(?)
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Old February 12, 2015, 11:11 AM
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The 970 is certainly more efficient but any reasonable choice of PSU for a 970 would also be fine the 780 Ti. I ran the 780 Ti on the ST45SF-G (450W gold Silverstone SFX) with no issues whatsoever. I would have been able to OC my 4770k with room to spare. Chances are the OP has something within that range already, or is looking for one.

Strange sidenote - I did in fact run the 690 on the same PSU. Both CPU and GPU stock in this scenario. If the rig wasn't watercooled, I would have probably been able to get away with it indefinitely, but problems were starting to show that I was straining the PSU beyond it's limitations. The extra wattage of the pump probably threw me too close to the PSU's true limits. I was actually expecting it to not work at all, it was an interesting experiment of sorts.
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Old February 12, 2015, 03:40 PM
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Ill most likely be selling them both on here or ebay i should make money on the 780ti and hopefully break even on the 690. I would love a 970 but its a solid 400$ as well for less performance and i cant find a bloody refernce exhausting blower model in canada. Best buy usa had them for a while but its just way too much cash / performance bringing it in from other countries. And yeah i know its overkill
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Old February 12, 2015, 04:01 PM
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Honestly for a 1080p HTPC with occasional gaming (and you don't mind a few settings turned down) I would grab a low power (and low heat) 750Ti or 960 (depending on how much you want to turn the settings down/how low power you want).
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Old February 12, 2015, 04:10 PM
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Honestly for a 1080p HTPC with occasional gaming (and you don't mind a few settings turned down) I would grab a low power (and low heat) 750Ti or 960 (depending on how much you want to turn the settings down/how low power you want).
I have a 750ti ive thought about that aswell. Problem with that is not sli compatible and again has an acx cooler dumping heat though less heat into my case. The 960 just seems disapointing When looking at the 970/980 ill be looking for used 770/780 reference after i sell these cards i guess
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Old February 13, 2015, 10:06 AM
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The 750ti is a no brainer if only occasionally gaming. Sell the other stuff and call it a day. I have a spare GTX 680 I stuffed in my HTPC only because I am too lazy to sell and get a 750ti, or I would have one in my rack.
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