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April 17, 2013 6:55:56 PM

I've recently decided, after months of research and hair-pulling comparisons, to get the GeForce GTX Titan. Now my problem is that I need a different setup around this card than what I had in mind for my other one.
Which components would be the best compliments to this card in their respective categories?
Simply put, what would be the best build?
And should I use something like a water cooling system, or the Corsair Hydro Series H100?
April 17, 2013 6:58:42 PM

Budget first please, then you shall receive a list.
April 17, 2013 7:01:03 PM

edogawa said:
Budget first please, then you shall receive a list.


I really don't have a budget..
I'm more than willing to pay $2,000+. Just don't go TOO crazy and give me a $3k build.
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April 17, 2013 7:04:33 PM

well, with the titan, we're gonna assume you have no budget. because if money was at all a concern, you'd realize that a titan is an extremely low performance per dollar ratio (as compared to a 7870 XT or a 660 ti)

do you need the titan for large resolutions, compute or something? cause those are the only real reasons to go titan. otherwise I'd suggest 1 or 2 7970 ghz edition cards. (AMD is worse in dual gpu setups, but it provides better performance at a lower cost)
April 17, 2013 7:07:01 PM

CarolKarine said:
well, with the titan, we're gonna assume you have no budget. because if money was at all a concern, you'd realize that a titan is an extremely low performance per dollar ratio (as compared to a 7870 XT or a 660 ti)

do you need the titan for large resolutions, compute or something? cause those are the only real reasons to go titan. otherwise I'd suggest 1 or 2 7970 ghz edition cards. (AMD is worse in dual gpu setups, but it provides better performance at a lower cost)


Might as well have no budget. I need the Titan for large resolutions and high FPS; as well as not having to upgrade for a long time. While I realize that it has a low performance:cost ratio, I'm willing to buy it. All AMD cards I've ever had have crashed on me, so I tend to stay away from those.
April 17, 2013 7:08:37 PM

Will you be doing any rendering/encoding, anything intensive besides gaming?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.43 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1006.13 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1993.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 22:09 EDT-0400)
April 17, 2013 7:20:31 PM

edogawa said:
Will you be doing any rendering/encoding, anything intensive besides gaming?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.43 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1006.13 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1993.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 22:09 EDT-0400)


Initially, I'll mostly just be gaming, but I'm hoping to go into a Computer Science major and will need it for rendering/coding.
So the i7-3770K is unnecessary?
I forgot to mention that I already bought G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (4GB x 2) DDR3-2133 RAM.
As for the Power Supply, I was going more towards a modular 80 PLUS Gold Certified.
How good is the Corsair 600T with airflow? I would like to achieve max airflow.
April 17, 2013 7:22:20 PM

ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $199.99 FS

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX $179.99 FS

2x CORSAIR XMS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2B1600C9 $37.99 Each

2x Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $229.99 Each - RAID 0

Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare $104.99

COUGAR Evolution Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Dual 12cm COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fans, USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2 $99.99

OCZ ZX Series 1250W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $239.99

CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 Water Cooler $119.99

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM $69.99

EVGA 06G-P4-2791-KR GeForce GTX TITAN SuperClocked 6GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP, SLI Ready Video Card $1019.99


Total before shipping 2570.88

all this at Newegg... you might be able to find it cheaper else were.
April 17, 2013 7:29:37 PM

why would you suggest an AMD (bulldozer, no less) processor at this pricepoint? I have one, I love it, but I would neve rbe able to justify it if I didn't have a budget.
April 17, 2013 7:33:13 PM

Rahbot said:
ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $199.99 FS

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX $179.99 FS

2x CORSAIR XMS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2B1600C9 $37.99 Each

2x Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $229.99 Each - RAID 0

Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare $104.99

COUGAR Evolution Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Dual 12cm COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fans, USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2 $99.99

OCZ ZX Series 1250W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $239.99

CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 Water Cooler $119.99

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM $69.99

EVGA 06G-P4-2791-KR GeForce GTX TITAN SuperClocked 6GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP, SLI Ready Video Card $1019.99


Total before shipping 2570.88

all this at Newegg... you might be able to find it cheaper else were.


Power Supply: 1250Watts is WAY overkill on the power supply; at most around 1000Watts. But I like the 80PLUS Gold Certified.
Motherboard/CPU: I should have been more specific, I'd prefer an Intel/Nvidia system..

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April 17, 2013 7:37:13 PM
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Okay, AX860i is platinum, and a fantastic power supply that will cover future SLI with plenty of headroom for overclocking.

For rendering an i7 would be preferable. I don't know how heavy of encoding/rendering you will do, but that should suffice, next step up is 1000 dollar 3970X.

Haf X is a very good airflow case, I use it, and love it.

There is a Corsair 900D too, but that is 350 dollars.

If you need more storage western digital greens are great drives.

I will let you pick whatever optical drive you want.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.43 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1006.13 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($199.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2219.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 22:41 EDT-0400)
April 17, 2013 7:51:31 PM

edogawa said:
Okay, AX860i is platinum, and a fantastic power supply that will cover future SLI with plenty of headroom for overclocking.

For rendering an i7 would be preferable. I don't know how heavy of encoding/rendering you will do, but that should suffice, next step up is 1000 dollar 3970X.

Haf X is a very good airflow case, I use it, and love it.

There is a Corsair 900D too, but that is 350 dollars.

If you need more storage western digital greens are great drives.

I will let you pick whatever optical drive you want.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.43 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1006.13 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($199.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2219.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 22:41 EDT-0400)


I like this build, I appreciate your help! Except for Windows 8.. I've used it and I don't really like it.. I'm going to stick with 7 Home Premium.
April 17, 2013 8:06:29 PM

If you want high fps at high resolutions (2560x1440 or above), 1 Titan will not be enough. Then again, it really depends on the settings you use. If you like a lot of antialiasing, you will need 2 Titans for the most demanding games (Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, Hitman Absolution, Metro 2033). 2 Titans are on par with 2 690s in terms of 3dmark scores, so the scaling is amazing. With 2 Titans though, you can't get away with crappy PSUs. I woukd recommend a 1200W just to have a little breathing room if you decide to give 2 or 3 way SLI a go. Liquid cooling is preferred for these cards considering GPU Boost 2 highky rewards good temperatures. You could go cheap with the CPU I suppose, although most people willing to spend $1k per graphics card will spend quite a bit on everything else.
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