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Should I get the 4GB or the 2GB of the GTX 770?

My budget ranges up to $2,000. (I prefer for it to be below as possible, or not too close to the limit)

So I am planning on making a gaming computer from below $2,000, while maintaining maximum quality for games and performance.

I already consider myself on using two 770s, thus an SLI.

My computer usages are mostly gaming and internet browsing at the same time but I gain an interest on some rendering work, like 3D modeling and such, but that's going to be in the future anyways.

I do not have a current GPU since this is the first time doing a custom build computer. (I am using my laptop as of right now)

Preferred websites is newegg and amazon, so yeah.

Specifications of my custom built computer:

>Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive ~ $209.99

> GeIL 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model GEV38GB1866C10DC ~ $84.99

> Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-1200M 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V v2.92 ~ $319.99

> SAMSUNG Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model SH-118BB ~ $16.99

> GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-2GD GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card ~ $399.99

> ASRock Z87M Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ~ $137.99

> Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770K ~ $349.99

> NZXT Phantom PHAN-001RD Red Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case ~ $139.99

ALL THESE PARTS WERE FROM NEWEGG

Don't really care if I have an AMD card or NVIDIA.
SLI or CROSSFIRE: Yes
Monitor resolution: 1920 x 1080

If you got an advice that is different from the video card question then go ahead, don't hesitate. Basically is more VRAM good, or just not necessary for most of the time?
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    If the price isn't a problem then I'd go for the 4GB version. Especially if you are gonna SLI. Video mem isn't shared when using SLI, so you would only have 2GB of mem for 2 cards if you SLId with the 2GB card. The extra mem will be needed. 2GB is borderline currently, just enough for 1080p gaming, but adding resolution and AA you will quickly meet the limit. 4GB will give you the headroom you need to not have to worry about it later :-)
  2. I'd also get rid of that velociraptor HDD, and get a standard HD and supplement with a SSD, the velociraptors are not worth the cash. Also 1200W is way overkill on your PSU. I'd drop that down to 800W or so, that will still be plenty for an SLI set up later. You can save like 200$ doing that.
  3. If you're looking at BF4 at all, it recommends 3GB of video ram.

    http://www.ign.com/wikis/battlefield-4/PC_System_Requirements
  4. Your build seems pretty good, I would change just a few things.

    First, Unless your gaming higher than 1920X1080 you only need a 2gb card and SLI 770's at that resolution is overkill in like 95% of scenarios.

    Second, I would drop the 4770K for a 4670K and drop the lame 10,000 RPM hard drive and just get a regular 2 TB Seagate HDD and get an SSD like a Samsung 840 Evo 256GB. WAY Faster than some overpriced 10000 RPM HDD.

    If you do that, you would be rocking in the free world hardcore.
  5. Thanks for the advice, guys! :)
  6. For your budget, this is what I would do :-)

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JoIU
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JoIU/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JoIU/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($438.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 530 Red ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($156.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: LG BH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1804.72
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 18:09 EDT-0400)

    Wasn't sure if you needed monitor or OS, included OS, but you can get a decent monitor to fill that out no prob
  7. bdiddytampa said:
    For your budget, this is what I would do :-)

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JoIU
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JoIU/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JoIU/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($438.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 530 Red ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($156.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: LG BH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1804.72
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 18:09 EDT-0400)

    Wasn't sure if you needed monitor or OS, included OS, but you can get a decent monitor to fill that out no prob


    This is really good! I may think about this...
    But since I prefer an SLI or CROSSFIRE, I may change this list up a bit, hope you don't mind at all. :)
  8. Nice build.

    I agree with the previous statements that 1200W is way overkill. 850W for SLI is more than enough, maaaaaaybe 1000W if you want 3 way but 1200W is too much I would argue.

    The question about 2GB vs 4GB VRAM is really dependant on your resolution. If you are gaming at 1080p then 2GB should be enough. If you are gaming at 2560x1440 (Which I strongly recommend, check out eBay for korean 2560x1440 displays for around 400$) then I would argue for the 4GB just to be safe.

    Also as stated previously if you SLI a card with 2GB and one with 4GB you will be using only 2GB.

    Also, if you are gaming at 1080p a single GTX770 should realy be enough.

    DISCLAIMER: I have bought a Crossover Q27 2560x1440 display from ebay and am incredibly impressed. 1080p looks like crap now. I HAVE been promoting these displays in a few posts. I AM NOT selling these on ebay myself and have nothing to gain. I just fear people will start thinking I am a shill of some sorts because i keep advertising the displays.
  9. Aorcent said:

    This is really good! I may think about this...
    But since I prefer an SLI or CROSSFIRE, I may change this list up a bit, hope you don't mind at all. :)


    Sorry, I thought you had said that SLI was a consideration for the future, my bad :-P Then yeah just a few adjustments and you'll be golden :-)
  10. Alright, I updated my list and followed your suggestions

    Here it is:

    > RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V ~ $99.99

    > GeIL 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model GEV38GB1866C10DC ~ $84.99

    > Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ~ $89.99

    > SAMSUNG Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model SH-118BB ~ $16.99

    > GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-2GD GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card ~ $399.99

    > ASRock Z87M Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ~ $137.99

    > Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K ~ $239.99

    > NZXT Phantom PHAN-001RD Red Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case ~ $139.99

    > Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM ~ $69.99

    What do you think? Am I golden?

    Also I kept the 2GB version of the GTX 770 because since you guys said it is enough for the 1080p resolution then I am down with that. Well I am not looking for a higher resolution or interested in it, just fine with the 1080p. I have seen some supersampling, they're pretty cool, makes everything clear, but to my eyes the game is just fine as long it is maxed out without supersampling, you know what I mean? :)

    (If the game is all max out and at a considerable FPS/performance, then that's all I need, higher resolutions is just a "plus" to me.)

    P.S. Still an SLi, lol.
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