£1500 rough budget for new PC

By Sunny87
Apr 11, 2013
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  1. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 120   +11

    Well I think I'll wait then, it's always nice when you do a new build and you have the the most latest technology you can cram in, I will buy the PSU though like you suggested :) if nVidia do that then their entire range should see a price drop that will be worth looking into :)
  2. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,853   +889

    :D. There is actually a new rumor stating that nVidia will release the 700 series in the summer during Computex (the same conference Intel is using to release Haswell). If they arent that exciting, the 600 series will see a price drop. Best of luck my friend.
  3. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 120   +11

    This is exactly my thinking :) thank you I'm starting to look at the 680 sli setup too so things might change soon haha.
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  4. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,853   +889

    Yeah, nVidia is better at GPU scaling in most cases than AMD is. Their drivers are usually more matured. Keep in mind that you will need good air flow in your case to cool the cards. And dont be surprised if you see more corruption with SLI/Crossfire vs single card configurations.
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  5. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Maybe, but I've been super impressed lately with AMD's driver support lately, Crossfire in games such as Crysis 3, Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite work right off the bat with almost 100% scaling.
  6. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,853   +889

    True, yeah they have been improving.
  7. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 120   +11

    So if the price of the GTX690 drops in the next few months, what's peoples stance on 2x GTX690's in SLi? The way I figure it as ridiculous as it sounds that would give me technically 4 GPU's with a configuration of 2GB GDDR5 per GPU giving me 8GB's of GDDR5 between 4 GPU's, obviously I'm willing to put up with crossfire or sli issues, but seeing as a price drop is looking more likely I figured this might be an awesome option to consider.
  8. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    The price of the 690 is never going to drop to affordable levels, it's very much a niche product. And anyway 2 of them is complete overkill for a single 1080p screen. You won't notice any difference once your minimum framerates are above 60fps (which will be the case in pretty much all games with a single 690).

    By the way VRAM is not doubled or quadrupled in multi-GPU configurations. 2x 690 still only gives you 2GB VRAM, 2x 7970 is still 3GB. Not that you need more than 2GB of VRAM at 1080p anyway.
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  9. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 120   +11

    I might scrap the 1080p screen in favor of a 3 way monitor setup as I just see one in action and I loved it, so at some stage I figured I might sell the HD tv and put the cash towards a setup with 3 monitors, and from what I understand multiple GPU's would work better with this type of setup, and seeing as I'm waiting to upgrade I can save more cash and get better deals here and there, the GTX690 looks to me to be a better card singly than most others but as you say very select market component.
  10. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    A 3 screen setup is awesome, just make sure you do the research before jumping in especially the monitors which will need to be IPS because of the viewing angles. Also be aware that 3 screens will be pushing 3x the number of pixels so you might have to turn down the settings in some games even with 2x 7970's or a GTX 690.
  11. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,853   +889

    A lot of people find gaming on 3 monitors annoying and nauseating. I am one of those people. It does look awesome, but in terms of playing games, I usually have the game running on the center display and I have TeamSpeak and other apps on the other 2. Some people like the wider real estate though. Also, keep in mind that I play FPS games, which can nauseate along multiple displays, especially after playing a while. So if you arent playing FPS games, I would worry. Plus, this will allow 2 cards to be sufficient enough if you do not game on all 3 monitors.
     


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