Help! New Pc build Asus Gtx 680 2gb OR gtx 760 2gb

Hey dudes!

Well this is my first pc build, thought I would finally do it as I need an upgrade, think it would be fun and I am tired of buying with alienware...been a laptop fanboy for a while. :D I know that I wanted the GTX 760 for ~£220 but I think the price drop of the 680 to about £270 puts it into the running.

Any thoughts?

Additionally, I am leaning towards the fx-8350 for overclocking potential, price and streaming benefits over the i5-4670k, also any ideas?

Here are my current set-up thoughts:

CPU: FX-8350
GPU: ASUS GTX 680 OC 2gb // ASUS GTX 760 OC 2gb
Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2X4GB) 1600Mhz C9 RAM
mobo: Asus M5A78L/USB3 AMD Socket AM3+ 8 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard

case/PSU/HDD are not an issue. I will mostly be using the pc for gaming and streaming, as I have my m11xR3 for university work/travelling etc.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. That's an old-tech mobo with some modern features tacked onto it. Look for a 900-series board. Make sure it isn't one of the "960" or "980" boards that are really 700-series boards with liar-labels on them. Avoid the cheap MSI boards, as their VRMs are weak and will pop under load, especially if you OC. Asus, ASRock, or Gigabyte (in that order) would be my likely choice.
  2. ''GPU: ASUS GTX 680 OC 2gb // ASUS GTX 760 OC 2gb''
    this is a 100$ question....
    hard to tell you wich one??
  3. If needed to afford the better mobo, the GTX760 is the obvious choice.
    Since you plan to overclock, you will also need a cooler. I use and recommend the Xigmatek Gaia over the more often parroted but inferior (and more expensive) Hyper212 EVO:
    http://www.techreaction.net/2011/07/07/review-xigmatek-gaia-sd1283/7/
    http://www.techreaction.net/2011/11/27/review-cooler-master-hyper-212-plus/4/

    Unlike the Hyper212 EVO (ignore the URL; it IS the EVO they tested), the Gaia never throttled, although it wasn't always the coolest depending on the fan used. Both got awards, but if you factor in the price, the Gaia wins hands down. If you want a really high OC, neither of these cooler will be quite enough though, and you'd be looking for a Noctua or Phanteks in the $60-$80 price range.

    Edit: It would indeed be useful to know the brand and model (as well as wattage) of your PSU, to be sure it is up to the job.
  4. ''the GTX760 is the obvious choice''
    ???explain to me why?
  5. ...because it is cheaper; i.e. if he needs to make room in his budget to get the better motherboard.
  6. ok thanks!
  7. Onus said:
    If needed to afford the better mobo, the GTX760 is the obvious choice.
    Since you plan to overclock, you will also need a cooler. I use and recommend the Xigmatek Gaia over the more often parroted but inferior (and more expensive) Hyper212 EVO:
    http://www.techreaction.net/2011/07/07/review-xigmatek-gaia-sd1283/7/
    http://www.techreaction.net/2011/11/27/review-cooler-master-hyper-212-plus/4/

    Unlike the Hyper212 EVO (ignore the URL; it IS the EVO they tested), the Gaia never throttled, although it wasn't always the coolest depending on the fan used. Both got awards, but if you factor in the price, the Gaia wins hands down. If you want a really high OC, neither of these cooler will be quite enough though, and you'd be looking for a Noctua or Phanteks in the $60-$80 price range.

    Edit: It would indeed be useful to know the brand and model (as well as wattage) of your PSU, to be sure it is up to the job.


    Thanks man, really appreciate the help, as you can tell I am pretty new to this.
    I think ill go for the GTX760, (if no one strongly objects lol) becasue of the cooling, and ive seen some benchmarks and it seems pretty legit pared with the fx-8350.

    One more question, what Power supply would you reccommend? I dont really want to spend more than £50 on a psu, and I have read that a 500w is minimum for the 760 and there are a few below that price but none of them have the additional 8 pin PCIe power required. Any ideas? Thanks!
  8. I believe there's a 550W XFX unit around that price. It may be a little more, but the long term health and stability of your system are dependent on good clean power, so the PSU is not a place to go cheap. Cheap PSUs tend to be overrated, electrically "noisy," may die without apparent cause, and may take other parts with them into the fiery abyss when they go.
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