Hey there, i would appreciate your input in this case. My PC specs:
CPU: Intel Core i7 5820K @4.0gHz + Corsair H100i GPU: 2x GIGABYTE GTX 770 4GB OC SLI RAM: Crucial 32GB DDR4 (4x8gb) @2400mHz MOBO: MSI X99S SLI PLUS OS Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit Case: Corsair 900D PSU: Corsair HX1000i 1000 Watt Monitors: 1x 40" Samsung FullHD TV , 2x 21.5" LG 1080p SSD: Sandisk Extreme II 240GB, OCZ Vertex3 60GB HDD: 2x 3TB Western Digital Red, 2x 1.5TB Seagate Speakers: Logitech Z5500 5.1 Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Mouse: Razer Ouroboros Mousepad: Razer Vespula Headset: Razer Kraken 7.1
Currently on games like Gta V, The Witcher 3, i see my Gpu activity hovering arround the 75-95% mark with everything turned on. Vram usage on gta is 3500+MB. I don't plan on moving on to 1440p monitors, but i would like to be able to game at 1080p with everything turned on at 60 fps. Right now i get some drops to 50 fps at times. What do you guys think i should do?
the 770s in SLI are going to do just as, or much better than the single 980ti. Now if you are having ISSUES with SLI in games then i would recommend you do it. but if you aren't with your current games, there's really no need.
No sli issues so far, all the games i play support it, it just saddens me to see drops in fps with high gpu activity. Its like the cards do the best they can, but its not enough for a stable 60 fps experience at these games.
I just read the gigabyte 980ti doing 134 fps at 1080p for gta v, witch for me would mean that the card would hover arround 50% usage for 60 fps on a single monitor which would be "future proof".
It sounds like your setup is operating at a level you are happy with. Why blow money on something else? I'd just wait until you can't play a game you want to play and upgrade then with whatever is the best your budget allows at that time.
@Reallunacy it would be several years before this machine can't play a game. The point is to have the current and next gen games run at a comfortable 60 fps.
@MisteryAngel i tried triple monitor in my setup, it sucks after you leave the game, the windows experience in just not there yet. Nowadays i prefer just gaming on my main, monitor stuff on the other, and browsers on the 3rd monitor.
@Berserker How do you mean little benefit? its almost double the performance with what i get currently. Plus, selling the 770s will make up for some of the cost.
My point is that it sounds like you are running current games at a level you are happy with, not that it can't play them at all. For all we know, the quality of games may not change much in the next year or two and if that is the case there would likely be a better graphics card to purchase by the time you need to upgrade. However, the first time you buy a game and are upset at the level of which your computer handles it, I say upgrade then.
Plus, as has been mentioned, you may get a performance improvement with DX12.
@MisteryAngel i used to be fan of a single high end gpu too, when i bought the 770 it costed 500 euros comparing to 700 for a flagship 780ti at that time. It was more logical for me to go for a second 770 and sli, considering it has 1gb more vram and it stomped on the 780ti and even the titan.
Regarding cpu bottlenecking, i remember watching a video that showcased the fact that that even an intel i3 cant be bottlenecking a titan, so i assume im safe with the 6 core 5820k. I dont remember seeing the cpu being used more than 50% across all cores.
There will allways be a bottleneck at a certain point, no matter which cpu. if you play cpu demending games at 1080p for example, and you put 2 highend gpu´s like dual 980´s, then the cpu will definitely bottleneck that. Even an overclocked 5960X will. Ofc if the bottleneck is realy noticable or not, is a diffrent story. But it doesnt mean, that there isnt any.
Sorry for getting of topic here, but from what i understand a bottleneck is a situation where your gpu has to slow down because your CPU cant keep up with the workload at the time. What you are describing is a scenario where someone is trying to push way too many fps at a low resolution, meaning the CPU is working 100%, therefore the GPU cant run at 100% to push all those frames.
@maxwellzelophan 770 in sli = 980ti ? Not from what i see on reviews. Im assuming people reviewing the card test with everything on max. With current drivers , a single 980ti is nearly double the performance of my sli setup.
Regarding selling one, all i have to say is: "But how will i be able to sleep properly while gaming on medium?" :P
Joking aside, i feel like waiting to see if things improve with windows 10, and if not then sell them asap before nobody wants to buy them.
980ti: pros - single card, less power consumption, increased case airflow, no sli issues, fresh warranty period, the oc results peeps are seeing with 980ti's - omg! cons - what to do with the 770's ? - sell / keep etc, high out of pocket cost, & the aesthetics for your build - a single gpu may make your build look a litlle bare in such a big case.
You should still get quite good money for the 770's - especially being 4gb models. If you were to sell them off. Best of luck with what ever you choose.