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jmag1k

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Hi. I've been thinking about ditching my x2 GTX 780 Classified in SLI for a spankin new 1080. Given my specs (see below) what would you upgrade? My Ram's kind of out dated and I think it could be causing me blue screens... but I think my i5 4690 is fine and most everything else is fairly in decent shape...

What would you upgrade? Also, if you did get a 1080, would you go with EVGA? MSI?

/ CPU - Intel i5 4690K @ 4.5 GHz - Devils Canyon // CPU Cooler - Hyper 212+
// Mobo - MSI z97 Gaming 7 // Ram - G.SKILL Ripjaws (4 x 4 GB) DDR3 1600
// GPU - 2X EVGA GTX 780 3GB Classified w/ ACX Cooler in SLI (03G-P4-3788-KR)
// Sound - SteeleSeries Siberia Elite Prism Headphones w/ USB Soundcard
// SSD - Win 10 64-bit on Samsung Evo 250GB, Steam on Mushkin Chronos 240GB, Origin on OCZ Vertex 3 240GB, Blizzard on Kingston V300 120GB, Hacked Games on Corsair Force 3 128GB /+ 2 HDD for Storage.
// Case - Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow
// PSU - EVGA 850W
// Monitors - BenQ XL2420G 24" G-SYNC 3D 1ms, Asus VE248H Black 24" 2ms // Mouse - Razer DeathAdder 2013 // Keyboard - Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma (Tenkeyless Mechanical)
 

ATMINSIDE

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Better question is, what are you using the system for? If it's gaming, what resolution?
 

Jeff G

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Better question is, what are you using the system for? If it's gaming, what resolution?

The monitor listed is a 'Gaming' series 1080p monitor, going out on a limb here I'm guessing it's used for gaming.
So, my recommendation if you're getting a GTX 1080 is to get a monitor that's 4k as the GTX 1080 would be massive overkill on a 1080p setup.
 

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If you are gaming as a primary use, I would also get a monitor, though I wouldn't go 4K with a single 1080 if you want constant 60 FPS+. A quality 2560x1440 monitor would be a great sweetspot.
 

Jeff G

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If you are gaming as a primary use, I would also get a monitor, though I wouldn't go 4K with a single 1080 if you want constant 60 FPS+. A quality 2560x1440 monitor would be a great sweetspot.

Have you had a chance to use an Ultrawide? I'd be curious to see the difference in a 2560x1440 vs the 3440x1440.
 

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I assume you are talking FPS? I have not used one... but a little math will give you a ballpark answer. ;)

1920x1080 = 2.07m pixels
2560x1440 = 3.86m pixels
3440x1440 = 4.95m pixels
3840x2160 = 8.29m pixels

That tells us there isn't a huge jump between 2560x1440 to 3440x1440. The problem with that resolution are games scaling to support it. I suggest staying away from the 'odd' resolutions personally.
 
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This is for gaming. 100%. And yes, I do have the BenQ XL2420G 24" G-SYNC 3D 1ms. It's a 4k 144 Hz monitor w/ G-Sync so I think I should be ok there. I typically like to play in 1920x1080, even with my x2 780 Classified in SLI. I tend to favor fps more than higher res. That being said, if I can get 144 fps with a 1080 in higher resolutions, then why not!?

I play a lot of Division and that games SLI profile is broken. Crashes during certain instances due to explosions are a common occurrence. I hear SLI is having more and more issues these days with compatibility in the latest games. :mad:
 

ATMINSIDE

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Uhm... the XL2420G is 1080p, not 4K...
I wouldn't change anything in the system except the GPU.

I like EVGA for the ACX cooler and their customer service.
 
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Uhm... the XL2420G is 1080p, not 4K...
I wouldn't change anything in the system except the GPU.

I like EVGA for the ACX cooler and their customer service.

Durr! You're absolutely right. I was confusing this w/ a diff monitor I have that I dont use for gaming. What about the RAM? Would you upgrade it to DDR4?
 

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In order to upgrade to DDR4, you would need a new system ;). Since we already said the system is good that would mean not to swap things out. :)
 
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Ugh, I have the memory of a blueberry. I kept thinking my mobo supported DDR4 but it only goes up to DDR3 3300 overclocked. Which... I'd be happy to explore but I read it's not really worth it and can be very unstable.