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September 27, 2013 4:27:51 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of 2013
BUDGET RANGE: USD $205-300 After Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming [Triple a FPS/Action games like battlefield 4, call of duty at high/ultra settings], home theater/watching movies)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: b]CPU:[/b] Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
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: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($73.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($96.04 @ NCIX US) might consider getting the gigabyte sumo omega once its available
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.87 @ Outlet PC)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: no particular website but preferably the cheapest

PARTS PREFERENCES: more into nvidia gpus

OVERCLOCKING: Yes/ Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 (getting a 1080p monitor soon)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: currently im thinking about Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon) but i have seen too many reviews online about different vendors that have different outcomes. Thus, would anyone reccomend me which card to get if im planning to oc my graphics card?

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a b U Graphics card
September 27, 2013 5:15:56 AM

Hi there!

I would personally strongly recommend you consider a GTX 670 over the 760, as the 670 is similarly priced but you do get noticeably more performance. Just take a look here:

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

As for OC'ing, EVGA are the safest bet as EVGA work very closely with Nvidia over the design and manufacture of thier cards, and so EVGA generally have very good PCB's whihc make for good OC'ing capabilities.

If you did consider getting the 670 instead of the 760, make sure you get a FTW edition from EVGA, as these have the full size PCB over the reference design, and also EVGA cherry pick thier FTW PCB's to allow for higher clock speeds. A FTW 670 is effectivly a 680, but just has a few things disabled.

I personally own 2 EVGA FTW 670's, and I have managed to OC each one to perform the same as the 770. As far as performance goes, if you are considering SLI in the future, I can say that 2 670's are excellent choices. I am currently averaging around 140FPS in Battlefield 3, and 90 FPS in Crysis 3, so I can say with some confidence that you will not be making a bad choice if you choose the 670. (FYI, these FPS's are with SLI enabled, but you can still generally expect to get 60+FPS with a single 670)
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a b U Graphics card
September 27, 2013 7:11:50 AM

mike69k said:
If you want to stay under $300 I would get a 760 and not a 670, because good 670s will take you over $300. I have built many computers in the last few years and I always go with MSI or EVGA.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (comes with a free backplate & Batman Arkham Origins )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (comes with Batman Arkham Origins )


You can actually get a 670 for just over $300 after rebate on Newegg. =)
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September 28, 2013 12:01:01 AM

grebgonebad said:
Hi there!

I would personally strongly recommend you consider a GTX 670 over the 760, as the 670 is similarly priced but you do get noticeably more performance. Just take a look here:

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

As for OC'ing, EVGA are the safest bet as EVGA work very closely with Nvidia over the design and manufacture of thier cards, and so EVGA generally have very good PCB's whihc make for good OC'ing capabilities.

If you did consider getting the 670 instead of the 760, make sure you get a FTW edition from EVGA, as these have the full size PCB over the reference design, and also EVGA cherry pick thier FTW PCB's to allow for higher clock speeds. A FTW 670 is effectivly a 680, but just has a few things disabled.

I personally own 2 EVGA FTW 670's, and I have managed to OC each one to perform the same as the 770. As far as performance goes, if you are considering SLI in the future, I can say that 2 670's are excellent choices. I am currently averaging around 140FPS in Battlefield 3, and 90 FPS in Crysis 3, so I can say with some confidence that you will not be making a bad choice if you choose the 670. (FYI, these FPS's are with SLI enabled, but you can still generally expect to get 60+FPS with a single 670)


But if i don't plan to oc my graphics card, should i get a 760 instead and get SLI?
The thing is that ive heard that the msi is cooler and quieter, asus underpowered and evga is too hot and noisy so which one would you reccomend?
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September 28, 2013 12:04:20 AM

mike69k said:
If you want to stay under $300 I would get a 760 and not a 670, because good 670s will take you over $300. I have built many computers in the last few years and I always go with MSI or EVGA.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (comes with a free backplate & Batman Arkham Origins )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (comes with Batman Arkham Origins )


I heard that SLI 760s are very powerful and way cheaper than a single gpu, but it also restrains my gpu upgrades?? So which one should i pick?
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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2013 9:02:22 AM

Most people would say that a single card is always better than a SLI/Crossfire set up, but in reality it is really up to your needs. Older games (DX9 and before) sometimes do not work as well with SLI/Crossfire, good drivers may take a little while to come out for a particular game, you are more limited with your upgrades, and some games may have micro stutter (more with crossfire than SLI). However you get more for your money with SLI/Crossfire, you can just sell the cards when you want to upgrade instead of buying another of the same card to SLI/Crossfire, and there aren't as many issues with drivers these days. I have a 660ti SLI setup at the moment and I can play pretty much anything at 2560x1440 on the highest settings. I think you are over thinking the situation, and I think you will be happy with whatever you choose.
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a b U Graphics card
September 30, 2013 1:17:57 AM

Apologies for my late reply! Took the weekend off. XD

As far as whether SLI is better than a single GPU or not, as mike69k states, it all depends on your induvidual needs, and what games you are palying.

Whereas a single GPU will normally run older games better as the game is not optimised to utilise SLI, an SLI setup will offer greatly increased performance in newer games. However, SLI profiles and updated drivers for newly released games can take awhile to be released, and SLI introduces micro-stuttering.

I have an SLI setup myself because I paly alot of the newer games such as Far Cry 3 and Crysis 3. I can remeber one time I forgot to re-enable SLI after disabling it for one reason or another, and the difference in frame rates was unbelieveable. Makes me think how I got by on one card. =)

But if playing the older games is your thing, it is not difficult at all to simply go into the Nvidia Control Panel and disable SLI for the time being, and re-enable it later on.

In answer to your previous question, If you dont plan on OC'ing, then I would suggest you go for a factory OC'd card at the very least, to get the best performance. Gigabyte are normally good for this, as they combine a strong factory OC with a super efficient, quiet cooler. (Thinking about the Windforce series.) I have previously owned a GIgabyte Windforce 670, and even with all three fans on max, it was whisper quiet. I did, however, get rid of this and opted for 2 EVGA FTW 670's, as the cooler on these expel the heat out the back of the case, rather than into it like the Gigabyte does.

In order to determine whether you should go for the 670 or 760, what games do you plan on playing, and what settings do you wish to play on ideally? Because a dual 670 set up will still be more powerful than a dual 760 setup, but at the additional cost. So if you want to play modern games at max settings, dual 670's. If you dont mind sacrificing some of the performance for a lower price, then by all means get dual 760's. Either way you will not be dissapointed. =)
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