Originally Posted by Mikeclough24
I like the sound of the 780 HOF card but i did just get this 680 ftw not long ago so figured i'd try the SLI rout. Purchased it and then realized there was the 700 series coming out like a month later. It seems to run everything I play great so far(BF3, Crysis 3, Metro last light, Skyrim) etc. but what do i gain by upgrading further? Basically i want to keep upgrading and was just looking for what i should do next.
Don't get me wrong, the 680 FTW is a beast card, pretty much anything EVGA makes is top-notch. What you'd gain is more longevity by upgrading. However if you can get your hands on another 680 FTW, I say go for it, absolutely. The only problem is finding one.
Here's the upgrade paths you really have -
- New motherboard and CPU - $500-ish or so. Would maybe gain you a little bit of performance but would theoretically help in the long run.
- New GPU or SLI - $550-750 or so. SLI 680s is a great option as long as you can find another FTW, the only problems that may arise is in SLI implementation in newer games make take some time so you'd be running in single card configuration until the games/drivers are optimized. The 780 HoF specifically can outperform a Titan so sticking with the single card option, it's a nice upgrade for longevity. The new AMD cards are out Oct 18th apparently (with the reveal of the flagship coming in a couple days). I'm not sure I'd trust the 'leaked' benches just yet, but if the prove to be real, the R9 290X could be a beast of a card for around $600.
You already have a primary SSD and most of the other equipment is solid so really the only things you'll see any benefit from is a new CPU, a new GPU, or SLI'ing that 680 FTW.
I can't find a new 680 FTW anywhere (other than one seller on amazon that wants $3,072 for it... lol) and you're looking at around $500 for a used one. If you feel comfortable buying a 2nd one that's used, go for it, as SLI 680s will out perform the 780 HoF and the Titan. And your PSU should handle it fine.
Also just as a heads up as some people aren't aware, SLI'ing doesn't give you 8GB of VRAM, it's still only 4GB, the workload is just split among both, but running in SLI doesn't add the two amounts together.