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MSI GTX 770 lightning vs msi gtx 770 gaming series vs msi 7970 lightning series

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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2013 10:28:27 AM

All depends of your rig components and the final purpose of the GPU. So, What do you want to do with the GPU?
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July 30, 2013 10:32:18 AM

Game.
i will overclock it and i know how good of overclockers the lightning series are but theyre all good at overclocking :D 
the rig i plan on buying is this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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)
Total: $1101.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-30 13:31 EDT-0400)
no gpu though coz this is the question, which one?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2013 10:49:15 AM

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.
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July 30, 2013 10:52:19 AM

sure

EDIT: Asus Maximus VI Hero? its kinda pricey but if its THAT MUCH better than the g65 then oh well
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July 30, 2013 11:38:22 AM

The radeon huh, its last gen though 770 is newer so doesnt it have anything special other than performance gain over 670?
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July 31, 2013 5:49:02 AM

i almost forgot the asus 7970 Matrix (i think thats the name) is in this too. i noticed on pcpart pickers something bizzare the lightning 7970 is like 750$ thats alot and the asus 7970 is like 500 maybe less dont remember.
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July 31, 2013 7:08:57 AM

mack what about the asus 7970 Matrix thingy?
byogamingpc, anything special about it? price isnt a problem (not that much but 700$ is overpriced, 550$ tops i guess)
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July 31, 2013 7:30:24 AM

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
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a b 4 Gaming
July 31, 2013 7:35:43 AM

Welcome to the high end OC GPU market. MSI isn't manufacturing more that 7970 Lightning or even the 680 Lightning, so, the price of the used ones rise immediately, if you want it, you pay the price...or get a new series for the same price.
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July 31, 2013 7:45:49 AM

so the 770 gaming is best Value.
now excluding the 7970 lightning which one gives most performance at games like crysis 3 and battlefield 3 at 1920x1080? i *might add some monitors in the future (though one looks best for me) and i want ultra settings everything max settings.
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July 31, 2013 8:51:53 AM

Im not its just annoyingi id rather use a tv.

so your saying the 770 gaming is better than 7970 matrix (dont care about value)
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July 31, 2013 1:29:16 PM

hehe i meant between the 4 lol. i could make some things go different in my rig to allow that though
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a b 4 Gaming
July 31, 2013 3:25:15 PM

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.
More here:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
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August 1, 2013 2:06:13 AM

Lightnings were always my favorite but i never really compared anything to it so yeah thanks
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August 24, 2013 6:22:15 PM

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.
My 770 lightning has been running at almost 1.4ghz on air... They overclock very well.. just sayin :) 

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