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Graphics Graphics Upgrade Advice

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Promethus, 15 Nov 2015.

  1. Promethus

    Promethus What's a Dremel?

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    I am currently looking to upgrade my graphics cards. The current system configuration is:
    Intel i7 980X
    Asus Rampage Extreme III
    24GB Samsung RAM
    Corsair HX1000 PSU
    2x EVGA 670 Cheesecake

    I am going to be moving the two 670s to a secondary PC, and so I am looking for an upgrade to my primary desktop. I was thinking a pair of EVGA 970 FTWs. It is used for gaming, fps/simulation/strategy, and some video encoding. I will not even consider AMD cards (had one before, never again).

    Should I consider holding off until the next generation of Nvidia cards come out?

    Is the age of the motherboard going to hold back any GPU upgrade?

    Is there anything else I should consider, before purchasing?

    Thanks
     
  2. spolsh

    spolsh Multimodder

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    I'd consider a 980ti instead of 2 x 970's. Similar performance from the reviews I've seen, and probably not much difference in price. Also avoids the whole 3.5GB VRAM thing and any scaling issues with SLI.
     
  3. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    What resolution do you game at?
     
  4. johnim40

    johnim40 Minimodder

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  5. trueno!

    trueno! That's TRUE-N-NO if ure not sure!..

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    I would have to agree with spolsh as well seeing as you would get 6GB of effective ram to work with instead of 3.5GB + 500MB of slower clocked ram shared between the two 970s, in addition going with a 980Ti will give you the future option to go SLi another!..

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  6. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    As SLI user I would agree with the others here get yourself a single more powerful GPU and later get another as needed.

    I've had SLI for almost as long as I can remember and never had a problem but the best way is to start with the better card and build on that
     
  7. Promethus

    Promethus What's a Dremel?

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    Apologies for the slowness of the reply.

    Current resolution is 2560x1440, but I am looking to get an Oculus Rift once they reach retail.
     
  8. thom804

    thom804 Minimodder

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    After being dissuaded from getting 2 x 380Xs and investing in a single Fury X (on this very site, I might add!), I can comfortably say that the new top end single card solutions will mash pretty much anything @1440p.

    Whether your Green, Red, or doesn't matter, the Fury X and 980Ti are pretty much optimal (for me) at 1440p.
     
  9. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    If you're Team Green, get yourself a 980Ti. I'd take that as a better option over 2x970, largely for the reasons set out above! :thumb:
     
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