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Setup for a high end gaming pc, october/november 2013

Greetings humans,

Its time for me to finally make a (close to) top of the range pc, been gaming for years on crappy specs so now I have had a few promotions etc and have a little cash to spare its way over due that I make a beast machine I can be proud of, and I need advice. I play MMO's, Witcher2, type game mainly but also want to do Crysis 3, BF4 on Ultra.

Budget: $2000 - $2500 if needed

Monitor: Im thinking of ordering a 27" Qnix 1440 from Korea and over clocking it to 100hz or so, which leads to me to my GPU question....do I need 2? Want to at least GTX 780....though can go SLI. GTX 770's in sli seems a bit old for what I want.

CPU, Storage, Motherboard, etc: open to suggestions.

Cooling: I live in Australia in a top floor apartment in Sydney that gets hot in Summer with the sun shining on it, and no air conditioning in my room, just fan. With 2 GPU's will I need liquid cooling? Happy to get great cooling, but....is it loud?

Thanks for any input!!
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  1. For the GPU, I would recommend going for a 290x. It will cost around $650 USD and be faster than the $1000 Titan. If you pay $1300 and crossfire, you will have one serious system on your hands.

    You could do liquid cooling, but it would make the system a bit more expensive and I think youll be fine on air.

    You could get a closed loop for you CPU and have no problems btw.
  2. this is from www.pccasegear.com.au (http://gyazo.com/81f0d4f69d96e48a26fb7d1c09de8a20) choose your case! and that watercooling kit all in one you can actually attach more radiators and tubing to it if you wonted to go a full loops on your graphics cards in the future
  3. Best answer
    or this setup would be much better cheaper aswell http://gyazo.com/83f258884562f3a8c13db2647c272ffe or this one lols http://gyazo.com/59cd108b59a02d047260a0fc0e3e6dd5

    i hate looking at newegg prices when i live in australia and see the price differences -_-
  4. MadRetch said:
    or this setup would be much better cheaper aswell http://gyazo.com/83f258884562f3a8c13db2647c272ffe or this one lols http://gyazo.com/59cd108b59a02d047260a0fc0e3e6dd5

    i hate looking at newegg prices when i live in australia and see the price differences -_-


    Oooo thanks for that. So those are Aussie prices? Yep, its so annoying seeing how much cheaper everyone else gets their gear.

    I know prices will drop etc when 290x is released but dont know if I can wait. Is there any word yet on how the new AMD cards work in Crossfire? Tempted to go with 1 gtx780 now, and get another when the prices go down.

    Not sure if one 780 would handle the big monitor by itself though...
  5. Abaddonn said:
    MadRetch said:
    or this setup would be much better cheaper aswell http://gyazo.com/83f258884562f3a8c13db2647c272ffe or this one lols http://gyazo.com/59cd108b59a02d047260a0fc0e3e6dd5

    i hate looking at newegg prices when i live in australia and see the price differences -_-


    Oooo thanks for that. So those are Aussie prices? Yep, its so annoying seeing how much cheaper everyone else gets their gear.

    I know prices will drop etc when 290x is released but dont know if I can wait. Is there any word yet on how the new AMD cards work in Crossfire? Tempted to go with 1 gtx780 now, and get another when the prices go down.

    Not sure if one 780 would handle the big monitor by itself though...


    it handles better than a titan lols http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_geforce_gtx_780_lightning_review,19.html

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_780_Lightning/7.html
  6. here's 2 780 pc's i would buy! http://gyazo.com/fa07aa2f008e2ddca91dc13ce1d76f03 or http://gyazo.com/81ee900e690134b1a24f7ba0324c30fe second one is my favourite love the mpower and lightning together looks the goods!
  7. Kingbob said:
    For the GPU, I would recommend going for a 290x. It will cost around $650 USD and be faster than the $1000 Titan. If you pay $1300 and crossfire, you will have one serious system on your hands.

    You could do liquid cooling, but it would make the system a bit more expensive and I think youll be fine on air.

    You could get a closed loop for you CPU and have no problems btw.


    >For the GPU, I would recommend going for a 290x. It will cost around $650 USD and be faster than the $1000 Titan

    You surely can't be serious right? the 290x trades blows with the 780, the titan is still unmatched, albeit for an extremely substantial price.

    As for OP, I'm personally looking to go the way of crossfire 280x, a heavily overclocked 280x can (nearly) reach 780 levels of performance.
  8. MadRetch said:
    here's 2 780 pc's i would buy! http://gyazo.com/fa07aa2f008e2ddca91dc13ce1d76f03 or http://gyazo.com/81ee900e690134b1a24f7ba0324c30fe second one is my favourite love the mpower and lightning together looks the goods!


    Lol that 2nd one does look fun! Hmm kinda tempted to just go for it....combined with this monitor:
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-27-QNIX-QX2710-Evolution-ll-2560x1440-QHD-PLS-Panel-Monitor-Matte-Screen-/130869201480?pt=AU_comp_monitor&hash=item1e78698a48
    it would be quite a beast pc.

    So if I got just one 780 lightning for now, would it run all the demamding games in Ultra at that resolution?

    Its all a few hundred more than what I was going to spend but who cares for such a beast. :) Very future proof as well.

    The only doubts I have are the impending release of new cards... oh noes!
  9. Cribbs said:


    >For the GPU, I would recommend going for a 290x. It will cost around $650 USD and be faster than the $1000 Titan

    You surely can't be serious right? the 290x trades blows with the 780, the titan is still unmatched, albeit for an extremely substantial price.

    As for OP, I'm personally looking to go the way of crossfire 280x, a heavily overclocked 280x can (nearly) reach 780 levels of performance.


    Hmm. Thats what I was thinking...only if the 280x is MUCH cheaper as can always over clock 780's as well I guess. Mainly since not sure if amd has sorted its crossfire issues yet...
  10. Cribbs said:
    Kingbob said:
    For the GPU, I would recommend going for a 290x. It will cost around $650 USD and be faster than the $1000 Titan. If you pay $1300 and crossfire, you will have one serious system on your hands.

    You could do liquid cooling, but it would make the system a bit more expensive and I think youll be fine on air.

    You could get a closed loop for you CPU and have no problems btw.


    >For the GPU, I would recommend going for a 290x. It will cost around $650 USD and be faster than the $1000 Titan

    You surely can't be serious right? the 290x trades blows with the 780, the titan is still unmatched, albeit for an extremely substantial price.

    As for OP, I'm personally looking to go the way of crossfire 280x, a heavily overclocked 280x can (nearly) reach 780 levels of performance.


    if you think the titan is unmatched check out those benchs 780 lightning fetching better results then the titan hmmm unrivalled
  11. MadRetch said:
    Cribbs said:
    Kingbob said:
    For the GPU, I would recommend going for a 290x. It will cost around $650 USD and be faster than the $1000 Titan. If you pay $1300 and crossfire, you will have one serious system on your hands.

    You could do liquid cooling, but it would make the system a bit more expensive and I think youll be fine on air.

    You could get a closed loop for you CPU and have no problems btw.


    >For the GPU, I would recommend going for a 290x. It will cost around $650 USD and be faster than the $1000 Titan

    You surely can't be serious right? the 290x trades blows with the 780, the titan is still unmatched, albeit for an extremely substantial price.

    As for OP, I'm personally looking to go the way of crossfire 280x, a heavily overclocked 280x can (nearly) reach 780 levels of performance.


    if you think the titan is unmatched check out those benchs 780 lightning fetching better results then the titan hmmm unrivalled


    You can't be serious right? you're comparing a heavily overclocked 780 to a titan and expecting otherwise? Stop stating the obvious, we are comparing stock cards to stock cards, if you want to play that game, a titan could be overclocked to destroy the 780.
  12. you said no rival and that is at stock clocks this is it overclocked http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_780_Lightning/29.html and they say it has plenty more to give if you put it under water but as you said its unrivalled i would call the 780 lightning its rival no?
  13. The lightning does seem to be at least on par with the Titan....beating it in some cases.
  14. If I want overclock the GPU, and evenutally the 2nd one as well, it wouldnt hurt to have liquid cooling in a hot apartment, no?
  15. well it will run alot cooler and that liquid cooler i put in that list will fit that case i put in there for you that cooler can be customised to be able to put other radiators attached to it and tubing aswell it is the best and most cost efficient way for liquid cooling and will perform on par to customised watercooling kits BUT! you would have to find a gpu watercooling block for the lightning as they use custom PCB boards on there gpu's i'll see if i can find you one and ill edit this message.
  16. not that i can see at the moment but i see 2 companies working on blocks for the lightning! you can wait im sure it will be good on air til they bring some out for it!
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