MSI GTX 770 lightning vs msi gtx 770 gaming series vs msi 7970 lightning series
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i will overclock it and i know how good of overclockers the lightning series are but theyre all good at overclocking
the rig i plan on buying is this:
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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.50 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.94 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VX238H-W 23.0" Monitor ($179.00 @ Amazon)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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no gpu though coz this is the question, which one?
Well, you are right. The Lightning series is perfect for overclock, but in the rig that you want built and the use that you want the Gaming series is more that enough. Why? Because the Lightnings are excellent for overclock under extreme conditions (liquid nitrogen more specifically) but on air you can get similar results with the gaming model.
Not all GPUs can be overclock at the same level, not all components show the same results with overclock, eve, with same model and bought in the same store you will get different results.
In this case, for your needs I recommend you this:
Get the Gaming series that is enough for your needs and try to move on to a better motherboard (G65 gaming or Z87 MPower) since that CPU also needs a very good motherboard for an stable overclock.
Just my 2 cents.
these are the prices of the 4 (im gonna order em from amazon since its gonna be 300% cheaper than my local stores)
770 lightning: 448.99 (pc part picker is where im looking)
770 gaming series: 399.99
7970 lightning (this is bizzare i could get a 3 way 760 SLI with this price): 749.99
7970 matrix: 469.99
The difference between the MSI GTX 770 Lightning and Gaming Edition is:
The Lightning has 12 power phases, versus 6 on the Gaming Edition.
The Lightning comes with the GPU Reactor add in card which serves to stabilize voltage and deliver clean power.
The Lightning has a backplate, while the Gaming Edtion does not.
The Lightning has gold plated connectors, but otherwise the two cards have similar "Military Class IV" components.
The Lightning has a secondary LN2 BIOS switch that takes away overclocking limits when used with a special version of MSI Afterburner.
byogamingpc said:Power eater said:The radeon huh, its last gen though 770 is newer so doesnt it have anything special other than performance gain over 670?
If you will be overclocking get the 7970. I've heard that the 770's don't overclock much.