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June 30, 2013 11:01:52 PM

So i am about to order all my parts for my new Custom PC http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1c3Ap but there is one item out of stock and that is my GPU. It's a GTX 780. I love EVGA but it currently out of stock. Do you know how long it might be till that card comes back in stock I want it so bad. Should i wait or should i get lets say the Asus GTX 780? I have no idea what to do. And while your helping me how does the build look?

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a b U Graphics card
June 30, 2013 11:19:39 PM

I'd spend 20$ more for the Gigabyte Windforce GTX780, since its cooler, why not as flashy as nvidia's Titanium design, is much better in terms of cooling performance. Also changed motherboard for another with better OC features, while cost less ( due to 80$ combo discount on Newegg ). Anyway, I'm just wondering, is a 80+ platinum PSU a must, and will you do any editing/rendering ( to make use of i7's 4 virtural core over an i5 ) or just game?

Fixed part list here. Got a better CPU cooler, too:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($186.13 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($130.34 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($224.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($679.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 630 (Matte Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2105.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-01 02:16 EDT-0400)
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June 30, 2013 11:26:23 PM

Madn3ss795 said:
I'd spend 20$ more for the Gigabyte Windforce GTX780, since its cooler, why not as flashy as nvidia's Titanium design, is much better in terms of cooling performance. Also changed motherboard for another with better OC features, while cost less ( due to 80$ combo discount on Newegg ). Anyway, I'm just wondering, is a 80+ platinum PSU a must, and will you do any editing/rendering ( to make use of i7's 4 virtural core over an i5 ) or just game?

Fixed part list here. Got a better CPU cooler, too:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($186.13 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($130.34 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($224.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($679.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 630 (Matte Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2105.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-01 02:16 EDT-0400)


I plan on doing a lot of editing so i would love the i7. Should i just go with Gold? if thats what you are referring to. Cause i plan on to do SLI down the road so i wanna leave room for that when it comes to Wattage. I think i am gonna stick with my motherboard I am not too big of a fan when it comes to Gigabyte, have had issues with there products and it would be hard ot buy from them again. :/ 
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a b U Graphics card
June 30, 2013 11:43:24 PM

IMO even silver would be enough. The slight increase in electric bill for using a silver/gold PSU compared to a Platinum one is much much smaller than the money saved from downgrading the PSU. As long as that gold/silver PSU still have quality components and enough wattage, there's nothing to worry about. I don't see many people who don't like Gigabyte around :p  but it's your choice after all, so lets just use Asus board then. The Z87-PRO from Asus has the 100$ discount available also:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($130.34 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($224.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($679.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 630 (Matte Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2019.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-01 02:39 EDT-0400)

The GTX780 direct CU from Asus would worth waiting, too, as it received positive feedback from Techpowerup: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_780...
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June 30, 2013 11:47:34 PM

Stupid Question but will the X60 Kraken fit in my case i heard its been an issue with the screw spacing. What is the Difference between the Z87 Plus and the Z87 Pro?
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a b U Graphics card
June 30, 2013 11:57:16 PM

NZXT even bundle their 630 and x60 as a combo, so why should you be worry :p  http://store.nzxt.com/water-cooled-case-combos-p/sp-p63... . Just secure the x60 on top, and secure the pre-installed 200mm fan at the top to the left panel and you're good to go. There won't be any problems. Here's a snapshot with a x60 installed inside a Phantom 630:



As for the 2 Asus boards: PRO has more phases in its power design than Plus, which means better OC-ing potential ( 3 more phases and bigger heatsinks, as far as I can see ), along with integrated Wifi and Bluetooth modules plus a few other changes in board layout.
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July 1, 2013 12:02:36 AM

You are so helpful my friend, I cant thank you enough, besides Newegg whats another place i could order parts thats reliable. Since the Asus z87 pro seems to be out of stock on Newegg :( 
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a b U Graphics card
July 1, 2013 12:11:44 AM

Right, I see. Few other stores still have it : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87pro And if wifi and bluetooth modules isn't a must, you should consider the Asrock Z87 Extreme6 also, with OC potential close to the Z87 PRO and still get you the 100$ discount for buying from Newegg: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extr... ( it's cheaper than Z87 PRO just due to not having those modules, but it would cost you less than 30$ for 2 discrete Wifi and Bluetooth modules anyway, they're just going to occupy 1 PCI-E X1 slot and 1 usb port of motherboard )

Build with Z87 Extreme6 : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1c5GI ( man, it's exact 2000$ :p  ).
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July 1, 2013 12:20:28 AM

i cant thank you enough! You seriously have helped so much with my build! If you are a gamer i would love to play on PC with you some time when i get this thing up an running! :D 
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a b U Graphics card
July 1, 2013 12:22:54 AM

You're welcome :D  But I'm from Asia so my ping to US server sucks regardless the game :lol:  And don't forget to pick out the best answer when all your questions are solved :bounce: 
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July 1, 2013 12:34:07 AM

will be sure to! let me add you on steam? incase i have any questions down the road :D  you seem to know your stuff! Whats your steam :) 
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a b U Graphics card
July 1, 2013 12:38:21 AM

Don't be surprise but what if I don't have a steam account :p  ? I only play mostly offline titles and few other paly4free titles from the evil EA :pfff:  But you can drop me a PM on Toms site anytime :) 
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July 1, 2013 12:46:31 AM

will do man (: talk to you later :D 
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