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August 30, 2013 8:38:07 PM

Hey guys just wanted to know which GTX 770 would be best for MY build. I am planning on gaming on only 1920x1080p on a single monitor and maybe will SLI in the near future if i must but not right now. I have been on the edge of which manufacture to grab thus, i know you can't go wrong with either but i am leaning towards either the EVGA SC ACX or the Gigabyte Windforce. I was thinking of the EVGA because of its popularity and awesome customer service (which idk what they do that makes them so great), and the Gigabyte because i heard that they have the best overclocked card out of the box, and i have no idea how to overclock cards because this is actually my very first build so having the Gigabyte would be great. However, what is it that the EVGA customer service does that the Gigabyte doesn't that makes them so great and relying?? Also, i noticed the GTX 770 gigabyte is a inch bigger than the others. Would that cause problems with my build? Any who, this my first build so i would like to grab the GTX 770 that i can rely on and have really good performance overall and good customer service wouldn't hurt =P. Thanks! and please do not just say a manufacture and not back up why =/

Here is my build - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wflo

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August 30, 2013 8:52:07 PM

All the cards will perform great. I'd recommend either of these:

Asus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus one isn't clocked as high, but you could manually do it. I've never had an issue with Asus support/RMA, so they are good by me.

Gigabyte one is clocked a bit higher, and priced better. The card won't cause an issue unless you have a small case.

EVGA card isn't a bad deal at all, and will perform just as good as the other cards.
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August 30, 2013 9:00:04 PM

Blackheart89 said:
Hey guys just wanted to know which GTX 770 would be best for MY build. I am planning on gaming on only 1920x1080p on a single monitor and maybe will SLI in the near future if i must but not right now. I have been on the edge of which manufacture to grab thus, i know you can't go wrong with either but i am leaning towards either the EVGA SC ACX or the Gigabyte Windforce. I was thinking of the EVGA because of its popularity and awesome customer service (which idk what they do that makes them so great), and the Gigabyte because i heard that they have the best overclocked card out of the box, and i have no idea how to overclock cards because this is actually my very first build so having the Gigabyte would be great. However, what is it that the EVGA customer service does that the Gigabyte doesn't that makes them so great and relying?? Also, i noticed the GTX 770 gigabyte is a inch bigger than the others. Would that cause problems with my build? Any who, this my first build so i would like to grab the GTX 770 that i can rely on and have really good performance overall and good customer service wouldn't hurt =P. Thanks! and please do not just say a manufacture and not back up why =/

Here is my build - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wflo


Overclocking is especially easy with GPUs. About half an hour sleuthing the internet on GPU OCing and you'll have gotten everything you need to know. But when it comes to which 770 is better, well the differences are minimal. Under load, the differences are about 2 degrees in the Windforce's favor. Scroll down towards the bottom to see the load temps:
Gigabyte - http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/gigabyte_geforce_g...
EVGA - http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/evga_geforce_gtx_7...

Really, the differences in temperature are so minimal that they shouldn't play a huge role in your decision. However, considering that the Windforce also has a higher base and boost clock than EVGA's GPU, the Gigabyte Windforce is a better buy assuming we're comparing them at the same price. Oh, and the Gigabyte is $10 cheaper according to PC Partpicker anyway. So yea, all of those factors combined, it the Gigabyte Windforce wins. I myself own a Gigabyte Windforce and I love it to death.

P.S. That is one seriously hardcore build you got going on there. It looks great.


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August 30, 2013 9:07:33 PM

@edogawa, Yeah i know which is why is like a toss between those cards =/

@Deus, I figured that the Gigabyte would be the best choice but how is its customer serivce? and do you know what EVGA customer service provides that the Gigabyte windforce does not? oh and that P.S. cracked a smile when i read that part lol

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August 30, 2013 9:21:40 PM

Blackheart89 said:
@edogawa, Yeah i know which is why is like a toss between those cards =/

@Deus, I figured that the Gigabyte would be the best choice but how is its customer serivce? and do you know what EVGA customer service provides that the Gigabyte windforce does not? oh and that P.S. cracked a smile when i read that part lol



I can't say I know what Gigabyte's customer support is like. However, that might actually be a good sign considering I never had to RMA their stuff or get into contact with them since I've never had any problems with their hardware.
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August 30, 2013 9:25:32 PM

Ah true true, but would i have any problems if i end up trying to do a SLI with two Gigabyte windforce 3x oc with my Case and build??
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August 30, 2013 9:34:57 PM

No you will not have any issues.

There is also the MSI 770 which is the highest clocked one I've seen.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The difference is really very minimal between graphic cards too like mentioned above. You really just need to pick one you like and go for it. A legitimate graphics card RMA should be trouble less if there is an issue anyway.

Personally I don't see reason to go SLI with 700 series right now as a single card will handle all games great at 1080p. It's not much of an upgrade over the 600 series, and the 800 series comes out sometime early next year.


EDIT: Saw you are getting a 144hz monitor, SLI will help then.
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August 30, 2013 9:44:12 PM

Yeah i am not going for the SLI unless i really must and back in a corner lol. I have read about the MSI 770 Lightning but im not sure if the extra $30-50 bucks would be worth it rather than the EVGA/Gigabyte. Also to point out on the monitor, i just heard that monitor is like the best for 1080p gaming for single monitors, is there a better one with simialr or close to its price? and is 144hz would hurt my card or is just a bonus than the 120hz??
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August 30, 2013 9:52:17 PM

Not worth the extra money in my opinion when you can manually overclock higher on the other cards.

There are BenQ monitors that might be slightly better. The Asus monitor is a good for pure gaming, you cannot go wrong with it.

You wouldn't notice difference between 120hz or 144hz, and it won't hurt your card.
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August 30, 2013 9:53:40 PM

Blackheart89 said:
Yeah i am not going for the SLI unless i really must and back in a corner lol. I have read about the MSI 770 Lightning but im not sure if the extra $30-50 bucks would be worth it rather than the EVGA/Gigabyte. Also to point out on the monitor, i just heard that monitor is like the best for 1080p gaming for single monitors, is there a better one with simialr or close to its price? and is 144hz would hurt my card or is just a bonus than the 120hz??


I have an extremely similar ASUS monitor; 1 ms response time, 80,000,000:1 contrast ratio, etc. The only difference was it's cheaper because it's 60 Hz so no 3D, and once something reaches 60 fps that's as fluid as it'll look. So I can attest that the monitor's going to be pretty fantastic. If you love the idea of being able to see games at 120 or 144 fps or if you love 3D, that monitor is great. But if you can do without 144 fps on your older games or can do without 3D, then I recommend this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

144 Hz is really just a bonus over 120 Hz. I'm not sure why it's such a seemingly odd number, but all it means is that if you get any game running at 144 fps, you'll actually be able to see the difference between that and 120 or 60 fps. However, don't expect anything but older games to run like that unless you go for an SLI, but 120 fps is far from necessary for a great gaming experience.
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August 30, 2013 10:00:28 PM

@edogawa, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., i think this would be the only better than one i choose but the question is if the money difference worth it??

@Deus, hmm im not sure if 60hz is what im going for and are you applying that any monitor above 60hz is meant for 3D? not sure if that is true. However, I have no idea which monitor would be best for my gaming needs I just want one of the best 1920x1080p monitors hands down.
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August 30, 2013 10:11:18 PM

Blackheart89 said:
@edogawa, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., i think this would be the only better than one i choose but the question is if the money difference worth it??

@Deus, hmm im not sure if 60hz is what im going for and are you applying that any monitor above 60hz is meant for 3D? not sure if that is true. However, I have no idea which monitor would be best for my gaming needs I just want one of the best 1920x1080p monitors hands down.


I wasn't implying that at all. What I was implying is that, while it's possible to attain 3D with a 60 Hz monitor it'll look terrible due to flickering and my personal preference is that I can do without 3D. The other problem posed by 3D is that it'll cut your frame rates in half because it's sending double the information. So unless you SLI that 770, 3D won't be an enjoyable option due to how bad it'll look. Even in SLI, some games will still have poor frame rates in 3D if the settings are maxed. I also don't care for 120 Hz because your frame rates will look very inconsistent for newer games. While a 770 can max out to 60 most of the time for most games for a 60 Hz monitor, when you use a 770 for a 120 Hz or 144 Hz monitor, you can expect frame rates for something like Skyrim to be in the 70s - 90s. However, you're going to constantly see a shift between those frame rates which for me, completely breaks immersion. That's why unless it's for older games, 3D or 120/144 Hz is a little counter-intuitive in my opinion.
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August 30, 2013 10:12:58 PM

ah i see your point, thanks for the information man. I am not going for 3D gaming, just want a really good 1920x1080p monitor that will satisfy and last me a long time.
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August 30, 2013 10:18:45 PM

Blackheart89 said:
ah i see your point, thanks for the information man. I am not going for 3D gaming, just want a really good 1920x1080p monitor that will satisfy and last me a long time.


No problem, dude. So yea, if you are now considering 60 Hz, I'd say you should pick up the one I linked you to in the post above. It's the same one I own and oh man, I immediately saw a difference between that and my older TV which has a 5ms response time. I highly recommend it.
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August 30, 2013 10:25:08 PM

Cool man ima sleep on that never really considered a 60hz monitor, always heard about 120hz is better and you see the difference and what not so yeah i will consider a lot of thought about 60hz vs 120/144hz.
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August 30, 2013 10:29:59 PM

I purchased ASUS gtx 770 card that's OC'ed from factory, I'm quite satisfied with it
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August 30, 2013 10:37:49 PM

thanks for the reply urukhai, i have been debating on the ASUS/EVGA/Gigabyte but im kinda leaning towards the Gigabyte now.
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August 31, 2013 12:34:58 AM

Well any of those cards will do good, it really does not matter in the end which you choose, most of it is marketing. Go for good customer service and the brand you like the most.

If you play shooters then you will want a 120hz/144hz monitor, even if it's not reaching 120fps/144fps.

If you want a monitor with image quality, and you're not competitive in shooters, then get an Asus IPS monitor(better colours and viewing angles.)

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August 31, 2013 7:17:50 AM

Okay thanks for the input, I may just go with the build and monitor i have made then, although i am still debating with the cards =/
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August 31, 2013 8:58:59 AM

Don't worry, they will all perform the same practically. :D 
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August 31, 2013 9:51:56 AM

yeah i figure they would
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