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    @pcstru Pull out the £££ then I know i had to when i first bought my brand new gtx 680 lol. Gotta bite the bullet sometime. Saying that, if you do go for the 780. pay £100 more and buy the 690.

    Ba-da-bing-ba-da-boom! Nothing will touch it, for now.

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    @Sunnyknight - 690 - £800+!!! In opening a package and looking my wife in the eye and answering her inevitable innocently posed "how much", there is a line which I cannot cross...

    Not if I want to live.

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    I'd argue a Titan is a better buy than the 690, for two reasons - VRAM, and SLI jittering. One GPU chip will deliver a smoother performance than two chips in concert (the 690 is basically two 680's on one PCB). The raw numbers may not be as high, but the overall impression is smoother. I say this as someone who regrets Crossfiring.

    The 690 has 4GB of VRAM where the Titan has 6GB, and the more the merrier for the amount of screen real estate you have.

    Incidentally, the 780 is limited to 3GB of RAM, as 6GB is the preserve of the Titan - so you can get more VRAM on the 770 than you can the 780. I'm not sure what is more valuable in your scenario though, the extra 33% RAM or the extra brute force from the chip. First world problems, eh?

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    An interesting point. However.... the titand clock and ram is higher than the 690, but the 690 has 3 dvi ports, higher bandwidth, fastet streaming cores and flops.... well thats about 1k highrr than the titan.

    However... the titan for multi screen gaming will advance over the 690 because of @sonofsanta said.... higher vram.

    Raw power... or smoothness. You decide.

    Edit: @pcstru You can pick them up for £600.
    Last edited by Sunnyknight; 18th June 2013 at 12:07 PM.

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    I would go for the smoothness personally. If the high raw power card cannot do something that a slightly lower spec card can do, then it is not worth going for the high power card.

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    We went for the 660 ti in our new set up at home. But that was more about ensuring the budget would then stretch in the future for the 3 identical cards that would ultiamtely sit in its quad SLI configuration.
    I shudder to think what teh bank balance would look like if I had to source 4 x anything in the 680 range!

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    I bought the GTX 570 with the intention of adding another one at a later date for the three monitor set up - but when it comes to actually doing that, it doesn't seem to make much sense.

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    The GTX 780 seems like the card to go for at the moment (since it's essentially a cut down titan) but the recent NVidia price hikes of the 700 series over the previous 600series are a bitter pill to swallow.

    I'd like one but personally it's hard to justify spending £550 on a video card!

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    No!! 690!

    *chants* 690! 690! 690! 690!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyknight View Post
    Edit: @pcstru You can pick them up for £600.
    Where?

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    With graphics cards, always stretch your money to get the best you can afford - otherwise when the framerate starts dropping you'll miss that extra %
    Go on - treat yourself
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    I would be checking toms hardware to compare the 690 vs 780 vs Titan and also possibly be looking at the AMD offering ie 7990 etc ?

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    In the end then, I went over budget and plumped for a Zotac 780 to drive the 3 dell 24in 1920x1200 monitors. The first monitor arrived on wed and I was in a bit of a dilema - it seemed very small compared to the 28in Hans-G, I wondered if I was going down the wrong road. I gritted my teeth and ordered the rest of the kit which was all scheduled to arrive today so I've taken a 1/2 day to play with my new toys. The worries about the size evaporated - 3 24in side by side is just huge - you just sort of fall into it all. So far I've just turned a few laps on iRacing but the experience with the wide field of view is excellent ... dare I say awesome. The 780 seems to cope easily; 5760x1200 with all the eye candy turned up shows 90fps. Obvioulsy I'll the ultimate test is yet to come - how will it cope with minesweeper.

    Thanks again for the contributions.

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    The more important question, that all of us need to know for our own sake: how did you ever persuade your wife to let you do this?

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