vargis14 wrote:That's why I listed the 770 classified with 4gb of vram...the 780 has 3gb and I will be sticking to 1080p for at least 2 years. I currently cannot run the amount of AA and post processing I want to run on my BIG 1080p panels. Why should I wait? Don't you think 3-4GB of Vram is enough for 1080p? I sure do know 1GB is not enough for 1080p since SLI does not combine the cards Vram even though they both have a 1gb frame buffer each. Games still consider it a 1GB frame buffer since they both have the same memory usage during games since they alternate frames.
The only thing I might add is a second USB tablet type monitor between 10-13 inches at around 1366x768 resolution to use as a monitoring/control panel. I will be using a long Quality USB extension cable since my Gaming PC is now in my closet that just so happens to be on the opposite wall as my window. So the closet and window are directly butted up against the same corner so I can crack open the closet 8 " and I have a window fan with dual 10" fans. Since they run independently I put the fan on closest to closet on low and it gently blows nice and cold outside air into the closet without freezing the room out. My current case ambient temperature is 10C with my CPU Idling at 4705 mhz with 46 x 102.3mhz @ 1.375 volts Idling it is at 19C .....Loaded 55C. Graphics cards Idle at 15-20c, loaded at 55C. In summer A AC unit goes into that window that also keeps that closet cool, but not like winter.
Besides I have a surplus of heat in the winter with a very efficient catalytic combuster wood stove in the basement....when it is on my natural gas hot air heat does not run. So I am not wasting money Till summer:)
vargis14 wrote:Well just ordered the EVGA GTX 770 4GB CLASSIFIED card with the ACX cooler to replace my 560 ti SLI cards. I did some research on the EVGA GTX 770 Classified 4gb card and it is a monster of a card at 11" long 5" wide. A full inch wider then the ACX cooled EVGA superclocked GTX 770 and a extra heapipe. The shroud and 6 heatpipe heatsink along with the PCB stick out a little bit over a inch from where you screw the I/O plate on the card into the case spreading out the components for better heat dissipation along with more power phases. The backplate actually is under the cooler keeping the VRM and other components cool along with keeping the card rigid.
Another big plus is it has a triple bios dip switch so you don't have to worry about bricking your card when updating the bios. EVGA really did there homework designing this card. It is a work of art
I plan on using a 560 TI as a dedicated physics card and will post some benchmarks of some PhysX games using the 770 alone and with a 560TI dedicated to PhysX.
Won't be receiving the card until the 22nd but you better believe I am itching to get my hands on it. My first upgrade to my system in just over 3 years so you better believe I am super excited.
Milo Burke wrote:It seems like your budget is high, but you don't want to upgrade very often. Maybe you should spend a bit less on a GPU now with the expectation that you will be replacing it in 18-24 months. Don't worry about future-proofing and just get the cheapest card that will enable you to max 1080p games now. Then dedicate the saved cash towards your upgrade in 18-24 months, when you'll need to purchase a higher res screen, and the GPUs available at that time will undoubtedly be better at handling the higher res requirements, have more memory for future games, come at better performance/$, etc.
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