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EVGA ACX GTX 770 vs EVGA 780 vs SLI (both)

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July 29, 2013 11:37:48 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm looking at a custom PC build, and wanted to get a few opinions before dropping up to about $4,000. I've been saving up, so I'm willing to spend for performance, but I want to make sure I pick the right upgrades. All I'm interested in is gaming.

This is a config I've been playing with:

•CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Six-Core 3.20 GHz 12MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified) [+336]
•HDD: 240GB Corsair Force GS Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 525MB/s Write [+158] (Single Drive)
•MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/2133MHz Quad Channel Memory [+64] (Corsair Vengeance [+29])
•MOTHERBOARD: (3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support) ASUS P9X79 Pro Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ BT GO, SSD Caching, 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, 4 Gen3 PCIe x16 & 2 PCIe x1 [+191]
•SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
•VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+256] (EVGA Superclocked ACX Cooling)
•VIDEO2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+484] (EVGA Superclocked ACX Cooling)

Thoughts?

Is going from 16GB of RAM to 32 GB Overkill?

Is a single GTX 780, or EVGA ACX 770's in SLI better. Or are dual 780's worth it.

I don't want anything to be upgraded to the point where most of the components are obsolete before it matters.

I'm just not all that educated on what's really worth the $.

Also, between CyberPower and Stealth Machines...preferences?

Seems like CP is a good 10-20% cheaper, but I don't want to run into unnecessary issues.

Thanks for the input!

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July 29, 2013 12:50:02 PM
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First off I would go for 4GB cards over 2GB. Second, unless you are running triple monitors at 1440 res I really don't see a point to getting dual cards. If I were you I would just go with a Gigabyte 770 wind force 4gb card. It will give you tons of power and it's at a decent price.


Now if you are doing graphics rendering and other professional tasks like that go with the 780 since it is 8% faster that will factor down your rendering time by a decent amount.

Just my thoughts
July 29, 2013 12:57:31 PM

what country are you located in? $4000 is stupid on a gaming machine. you'll hit major diminishing returns. far better to have one $2000 computer now and buy/build another $2000 computer in 3 years.

for one the 3930 is not going to give you any benifits over a i5 3750. what resolution are you going to play at? one monitor? just games, or video-editing too?
July 29, 2013 1:12:10 PM

The most basic things to ask yourself when building a pc:

What games?
What resolution?
What refresh rate?
Doing video/photo editing or design work?

Spending $4000 on a gaming machine that will play games at 1080p 60Hz won't do you any more good than spending $1200. Simply because you're limited by the display you have and the games you play.
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