Would getting a second 780ti for around $450 be worth it?

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#1 Edited by Daious (1125 posts) -

I am getting my 780ti through step up soon.

I think I can pick up another for $450-500. Would it be worth it or should I save up? I don't think I will get a Maxwell card unless the jump is big. I feel like I should pick it up because the price I can hopefully get it for is a lot lower than its MSRP (granted its refurb). Newegg has it in and out of stock and I have an unique 10% coupon. The item should come with a 2 year warranty.

Do you think a 780ti for 450 is a steal (even though I already have one coming in)? I am a tad worried that once maxwell comes out, 500ish dollar investment in a second 780ti may look foolish/

I have been saving up for some time (also thank you facebook stock) for Asus 1440p 144hz monitor.

#2 Posted by 04dcarraher (19269 posts) -

I would say wait until Maxwell comes out and see if the gains would be worth it. Maxwell is looking like it will keep the promise of supplying 2x the performance per watt. Which means in theory that a 250w Maxwell should be 100% faster then a 780ti.

#3 Posted by GeminonTraveler (155 posts) -

considering maxwell cards of that level wont be here until the end of the year... yeah, i would say it is worth it. 450 dollars for a 780ti is an absolute steal. having SLIed 780ti's means you wont be upgrading for quite some time.

#4 Edited by Gogoplexiorayo2 (154 posts) -

with sli 780 ti you have the power to jump to 4k resolution if you want.

#5 Posted by Horgen (110060 posts) -

I would say wait until Maxwell comes out and see if the gains would be worth it. Maxwell is looking like it will keep the promise of supplying 2x the performance per watt. Which means in theory that a 250w Maxwell should be 100% faster then a 780ti.

Do you honestly think that will happen? If the R9 290X smashed the 780Ti, then maybe, but it isn't.

#6 Edited by Klunt_Bumskrint (3660 posts) -

It depends on the resolution you play at. 1440 And above I'd say yes, lower no

#7 Edited by PredatorRules (7444 posts) -

That GPU costs 750$ if you could save 300$ I wouldn't think twice

EDIT: be aware you'll want to use a 1000Watts and above PSU

#8 Edited by Daious (1125 posts) -

That GPU costs 750$ if you could save 300$ I wouldn't think twice

EDIT: be aware you'll want to use a 1000Watts and above PSU

I have the psu that can support it

#9 Edited by 04dcarraher (19269 posts) -

@04dcarraher said:

I would say wait until Maxwell comes out and see if the gains would be worth it. Maxwell is looking like it will keep the promise of supplying 2x the performance per watt. Which means in theory that a 250w Maxwell should be 100% faster then a 780ti.

Do you honestly think that will happen? If the R9 290X smashed the 780Ti, then maybe, but it isn't.

How does R9 290x vs 780ti have anything to do with 780ti and maxwell ?. Being able to to throw more transistors onto the pcb using less power because of the 20nm transition and architecture change. It would be no different from going from GTX 580 vs GTX 680, Uses less power, and has over 2x the shading power of the GTX 580.

#10 Posted by mastershake575 (8354 posts) -

Its an interesting situation for yourself. The highend Maxwells (which are the ones you care about) are projected for June-August release which isn't that far away. Then again I doubt that a GTX 870 ($400-420) is going to be that much faster than a 780Ti so $450 doesn't seem to be a bad price.

I would go ahead and say buy it at that price ($450) since the worse case scenario is that you sell it right before Maxwell launch and maybe lose $50-60 out of pocket (hell you might even break even)

#11 Edited by Daious (1125 posts) -

The Asus refurb was sold out. I managed to get a MSI 780ti refurbished for $495 with 75 dollars in in-store credit. I have never dealt with MSI refurbs before so I am tad bit concerned.

I have heard their RMA processes is horrible to deal with.

#12 Posted by Postmortem123 (7646 posts) -

@daious said:

The Asus refurb was sold out. I managed to get a MSI 780ti refurbished for $495 with 75 dollars in in-store credit. I have never dealt with MSI refurbs before so I am tad bit concerned.

I have heard their RMA processes is horrible to deal with.

Better than ASUS's RMA/support.

#13 Posted by Daious (1125 posts) -

@daious said:

The Asus refurb was sold out. I managed to get a MSI 780ti refurbished for $495 with 75 dollars in in-store credit. I have never dealt with MSI refurbs before so I am tad bit concerned.

I have heard their RMA processes is horrible to deal with.

Better than ASUS's RMA/support.

The only benefit is that Asus warranty is way longer for refurb products.

I have a 45 day return so I plan on stress testing it and making sure it runs well.