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July 9, 2013 8:00:05 PM

Hello folks,

Thanks to Tomshardware forum, I've turned quite into a system builder with quite some people seeking my advice and asking me to assemble their rigs.

Here's a GPU requirement I can't really decide upon:

Equipment:

  • Intel 4430 CPU
  • MSI Z87-G43 Mobo
  • BenQ XL2411T - 120 Hz 24" 1080p Display


  • Requirements (all on single monitor @ 1080p):

    • Skyrim (Eyecandy: optional)
    • Just Cause 2 (Eyecandy: required)
    • Max Payne 3 (Eyecandy: optional)
    • Assassin's Creed III (Eyecandy: mandatory)
    • Fifa 2013 (Eyecandy: optional)
    • Crysis & BF - won't like to play


  • What would be the best GPU?

    • NVIDIA (sorry AMD fanboys)
    • PCIe 3.0 & DVI-Dual Link Support
    • $250 (USD)


  • Thanks in advance.
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    a b Î Nvidia
    July 9, 2013 8:06:56 PM

    realchaos said:
    GTX 760.


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    a c 79 Î Nvidia
    July 9, 2013 8:12:39 PM

    Nvidia only has one current generation card in that price range ... GTX 760.

    http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/4525/11/nvidia-geforce-...
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_7...
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    July 9, 2013 8:20:01 PM

    You guys have spoken, what my ears longed to hear. Could someone kindly point me out to a good deal website for its purchase?

    PS: everyone who responded to the thread deserved "best answer" but I could only choose one. Thanks everyone.
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    July 10, 2013 7:32:41 AM

    SamGriffiths said:
    xibalban said:
    Just a quick, and last question. Is it good to go with the reference card from EVGA? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


    Go with the Asus or the MSI.

    They're $10 more expensive, and like I said $250 is what I can spare. Any cons to that EVGA version?
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    July 10, 2013 7:38:24 AM

    xibalban said:
    SamGriffiths said:
    xibalban said:
    Just a quick, and last question. Is it good to go with the reference card from EVGA? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


    Go with the Asus or the MSI.

    They're $10 more expensive, and like I said $250 is what I can spare. Any cons to that EVGA version?


    Yes, it runs a lot loader and hotter, you should really wait a few days and make up another $10 so you can get the Asus or the MSI.
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    July 10, 2013 7:50:48 AM

    SamGriffiths said:

    Yes, it runs a lot loader and hotter, you should really wait a few days and make up another $10 so you can get the Asus or the MSI.

    Thanks for the info, I'd not like the GPU to scream and make its presence felt. I think, I'd go with the MSI one since the mobo is also an MSI make.
    Do you think I'd be able to add another 760 in SLI sometime later? The MSI Z87-G43's specs say that it supports crossfire, and doesn't mention SLI anywhere. It does have 2 PCIe 3 slots though.
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    July 10, 2013 8:34:41 AM

    xibalban said:
    SamGriffiths said:

    Yes, it runs a lot loader and hotter, you should really wait a few days and make up another $10 so you can get the Asus or the MSI.

    Thanks for the info, I'd not like the GPU to scream and make its presence felt. I think, I'd go with the MSI one since the mobo is also an MSI make.
    Do you think I'd be able to add another 760 in SLI sometime later? The MSI Z87-G43's specs say that it supports crossfire, and doesn't mention SLI anywhere. It does have 2 PCIe 3 slots though.


    I could but it wouldn't work very well, do you already have that motherboard? If not I would highly recomend you getting something like the Asus
    Z87-PLUS or a MSI
    Z87-G45 Gaming with 2x PCIe 16 gen 3 (x16/dual x8) because the Z87-G43 has one PCIe Gen 3 x16 and one PCIe Gen 2 x16 (x4), x4 means it only runs at a fraction of the speed (well really it means you can use 4 lanes instead of 16 but w/e) and it's gen 2 so it's half the speed again.
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    July 10, 2013 8:46:14 AM

    SamGriffiths said:
    It could but it wouldn't work very well, do you already have that motherboard? If not I would highly recomend you getting something like the Asus
    Z87-PLUS or a MSI
    Z87-G45 Gaming with 2x PCIe 16 gen 3 (x16/dual x8) because the Z87-G43 has one PCIe Gen 3 x16 and one PCIe Gen 2 x16 (x4), x4 means it only runs at a fraction of the speed (well really it means you can use 4 lanes instead of 16 but w/e) and it's gen 2 so it's half the speed again.

    Too bad, the mobo cannot be changed (for now). Perhaps, some years hence I could opt for a GTX-760 with SLI-ready Mobo (Combo) deal.
    BTW, I hope my choice of 760 is now good. Thanks a lot for all the feedback.
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    July 11, 2013 6:12:35 PM

    SamGriffiths said:
    I would highly recomend you getting something like the Asus
    Z87-PLUS or a MSI
    Z87-G45 Gaming with 2x PCIe 16 gen 3 (x16/dual x8) because the Z87-G43 has one PCIe Gen 3 x16 and one PCIe Gen 2 x16 (x4), x4 means it only runs at a fraction of the speed (well really it means you can use 4 lanes instead of 16 but w/e) and it's gen 2 so it's half the speed again.

    Hey, I sent the MSI-Z87-G43 back and ordered the MSI-Z87-G45 instead. I'm a delighted chap now. Thanks to you!!
    After a year, I'll add another GTX-760 in SLI. Does the make of the GPU needs to be the same for SLI? I mean, can I SLI an MSI-760 with an Asus-760?
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    July 11, 2013 6:17:11 PM

    Yeah, it's a much better motherboard, I'm glad everything worked out! The make of the card doesn't matter, and since the cooling properties of both cards are the same it matters even less because you can set them to the same clock speed easily.
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    July 11, 2013 7:20:54 PM

    SamGriffiths said:
    Yeah, it's a much better motherboard, I'm glad everything worked out! The make of the card doesn't matter, and since the cooling properties of both cards are the same it matters even less because you can set them to the same clock speed easily.

    Sounds (and feels) great! Give me a hi-five :bounce: 
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    July 12, 2013 1:59:22 AM

    xibalban said:
    SamGriffiths said:
    Yeah, it's a much better motherboard, I'm glad everything worked out! The make of the card doesn't matter, and since the cooling properties of both cards are the same it matters even less because you can set them to the same clock speed easily.

    Sounds (and feels) great! Give me a hi-five :bounce: 


    Now, I'm about to buy a 760 for my self, and I' stuck between the MSI and the Asus, both come with great software and both cool really well, how loud is the MSI card?
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    July 12, 2013 1:59:22 AM

    I hate it when it double posts.
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    July 12, 2013 7:27:24 AM

    SamGriffiths said:
    I hate it when it double posts.

    I have ordered the MSI one, but haven't received it yet. The ASUS (most people think) is supposed to be cooler and quieter, but who knows. I opted for the MSI because it would match well with the mobo (I mean the brown colour scheme). Besides, I plan to put the card inside a silent pc case like the Obsidian 550D or Fractal Design Define R4.
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