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December 31, 2013 10:33:44 AM

In short, I've decided to go with this recommended build. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/coastie65/saved/35vl My intensions are to be able to play games like Skyrim on Ultra settings, and being able to use duel monitors for my computer use. My question is what kind of improvements would I see with upgrading the 770 to the 780 or 780ti? Is the upgrade worth the cost? This will be my first computer I've ever built and I'm very excited! Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Also, what improvements would I notice between the 2GB and the 4GB with the 770 etc...?
December 31, 2013 10:35:42 AM

780TI. Simples.
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December 31, 2013 10:37:51 AM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-780-ti-...

Here's a benchmark for a bit of performance comparison - the 780Ti is obviously the most powerful, but on a single monitor, it might just be a bit overkill. If you have the budget, though, then by all means go ahead and pick one up.

As for memory, unless you're running a tri-monitor setup or something with a ridiculous resolution, you really won't need the extra 2GB; there are better options to put your money into than additional VRAM at that point.
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December 31, 2013 10:39:50 AM
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Might wanna think about this:

Compatibility Notes
ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard has onboard USB 3.0 headers, but the Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.

But the Gtx 770 could max out any game right now, the 780/ti are meant to run 3 monitors. A 780ti is basically 2 770s. If you were to get the 770 i would recommend the 4GB version as the mods in skyrim would use up the VRAm fairly quickly
December 31, 2013 10:41:15 AM

all of them are good cards, go with the one than consumes less power meaning less heat more stability and long life.
December 31, 2013 10:41:23 AM

someguynamedmatt said:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-780-ti-...

Here's a benchmark for a bit of performance comparison - the 780Ti is obviously the most powerful, but on a single monitor, it might just be a bit overkill. If you have the budget, though, then by all means go ahead and pick one up.

As for memory, unless you're running a tri-monitor setup or something with a ridiculous resolution, you really won't need the extra 2GB; there are better options to put your money into than additional VRAM at that point.


I would just be using two monitors at the most. As far as performance goes for my build, would the 770 2GB fulfill my gaming purposes?
a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2013 10:45:09 AM

depends on how many mods you are using and if you wanna futureproof
December 31, 2013 10:49:37 AM

airplanegeek said:
Might wanna think about this:

Compatibility Notes
ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard has onboard USB 3.0 headers, but the Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.

But the Gtx 770 could max out any game right now, the 780/ti are meant to run 3 monitors. A 780ti is basically 2 770s. If you were to get the 770 i would recommend the 4GB version as the mods in skyrim would use up the VRAm fairly quickly


airplanegeek said:
depends on how many mods you are using and if you wanna futureproof


Ah, so mods use lots of Vram? I'll look into the 4GB then as I intend to use a fair amount of MODS. As far as your compatibility notes goes, do you have any suggestions as to which cases would be compatible with my motherboard? Regarding the front 3 USB ports? Thank you for pointing that out. I wouldn't have noticed until I put it together...
December 31, 2013 10:54:14 AM

Both are great, I originally had the GTX 770 with ACX coolers, had it for about a week when I realized my PSU wouldn't support a 2nd one in SLI down the road.

Since I had to go to a single card solution I wanted something to last at least 2 to maybe 3 years. I was going to get a GTX 780 but I figured what he heck, just another $150ish and I went with the TI.

Both cards worked great. With the 770 I had no problems maxing out games like assassins creed 4, bioshock infinite, skyrim, swtor, anno 2770, and a bunch more.
The TI obviously gave me higher frame rates, but since my screen runs at 60mhz, the 770 was easily able to achieve that.

As far as temperature, the 770 with the ACX coolers ran in the 65C degrees range. Rarely going up to 70C.

The 780 TI I got was from EVGA, super clocked with a reference cooler (I think it was only clocked like 50/60 mhz higher than stock) and it runs hot, around 75-80 during gaming. Although because of the reference cooler it blows the air outside the back of the case.
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December 31, 2013 10:58:44 AM

also, if you are willing to spend more, the fractal define R4 is actually so nice
January 23, 2014 9:19:08 AM

prestigerg7 said:
Both are great, I originally had the GTX 770 with ACX coolers, had it for about a week when I realized my PSU wouldn't support a 2nd one in SLI down the road.

Since I had to go to a single card solution I wanted something to last at least 2 to maybe 3 years. I was going to get a GTX 780 but I figured what he heck, just another $150ish and I went with the TI.

Both cards worked great. With the 770 I had no problems maxing out games like assassins creed 4, bioshock infinite, skyrim, swtor, anno 2770, and a bunch more.
The TI obviously gave me higher frame rates, but since my screen runs at 60mhz, the 770 was easily able to achieve that.

As far as temperature, the 770 with the ACX coolers ran in the 65C degrees range. Rarely going up to 70C.

The 780 TI I got was from EVGA, super clocked with a reference cooler (I think it was only clocked like 50/60 mhz higher than stock) and it runs hot, around 75-80 during gaming. Although because of the reference cooler it blows the air outside the back of the case.


You maxed out Blackflag with a 770? What magic is this? I have the 770 2GB EVGA Superclocked with the ACX cooling, and I was struggling with the frame jumps, so I upped the settings until it stayed at 30 in most areas. I can't max out Anno either. As soon as I see land that has rivers, it shoots down to 30.
February 16, 2014 7:31:13 PM

airplanegeek said:
Might wanna think about this:

Compatibility Notes
ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard has onboard USB 3.0 headers, but the Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.

But the Gtx 770 could max out any game right now, the 780/ti are meant to run 3 monitors. A 780ti is basically 2 770s. If you were to get the 770 i would recommend the 4GB version as the mods in skyrim would use up the VRAm fairly quickly


Airplane, I'm also looking at a case (Diablotek Evo) that doesn't have USB3.0 and the ASRock Z87 E4. I'm new to building so forgive me for asking what's probably a rookie question but what's the downfall from this? Does it render the onboard 3.0 useless? Thanks.

April 2, 2014 12:53:22 PM

Matthew T said:
prestigerg7 said:
Both are great, I originally had the GTX 770 with ACX coolers, had it for about a week when I realized my PSU wouldn't support a 2nd one in SLI down the road.

Since I had to go to a single card solution I wanted something to last at least 2 to maybe 3 years. I was going to get a GTX 780 but I figured what he heck, just another $150ish and I went with the TI.

Both cards worked great. With the 770 I had no problems maxing out games like assassins creed 4, bioshock infinite, skyrim, swtor, anno 2770, and a bunch more.
The TI obviously gave me higher frame rates, but since my screen runs at 60mhz, the 770 was easily able to achieve that.

As far as temperature, the 770 with the ACX coolers ran in the 65C degrees range. Rarely going up to 70C.

The 780 TI I got was from EVGA, super clocked with a reference cooler (I think it was only clocked like 50/60 mhz higher than stock) and it runs hot, around 75-80 during gaming. Although because of the reference cooler it blows the air outside the back of the case.


You maxed out Blackflag with a 770? What magic is this? I have the 770 2GB EVGA Superclocked with the ACX cooling, and I was struggling with the frame jumps, so I upped the settings until it stayed at 30 in most areas. I can't max out Anno either. As soon as I see land that has rivers, it shoots down to 30.


what's your CPU and is it OC'ed?
April 2, 2014 2:24:30 PM

Layarion said:
Matthew T said:
prestigerg7 said:
Both are great, I originally had the GTX 770 with ACX coolers, had it for about a week when I realized my PSU wouldn't support a 2nd one in SLI down the road.

Since I had to go to a single card solution I wanted something to last at least 2 to maybe 3 years. I was going to get a GTX 780 but I figured what he heck, just another $150ish and I went with the TI.

Both cards worked great. With the 770 I had no problems maxing out games like assassins creed 4, bioshock infinite, skyrim, swtor, anno 2770, and a bunch more.
The TI obviously gave me higher frame rates, but since my screen runs at 60mhz, the 770 was easily able to achieve that.

As far as temperature, the 770 with the ACX coolers ran in the 65C degrees range. Rarely going up to 70C.

The 780 TI I got was from EVGA, super clocked with a reference cooler (I think it was only clocked like 50/60 mhz higher than stock) and it runs hot, around 75-80 during gaming. Although because of the reference cooler it blows the air outside the back of the case.


You maxed out Blackflag with a 770? What magic is this? I have the 770 2GB EVGA Superclocked with the ACX cooling, and I was struggling with the frame jumps, so I upped the settings until it stayed at 30 in most areas. I can't max out Anno either. As soon as I see land that has rivers, it shoots down to 30.


what's your CPU and is it OC'ed?


i5-4670k @ 3.8. I haven't bothered to push it to 4 yet.
April 2, 2014 2:29:29 PM

Matthew T said:
Layarion said:
Matthew T said:
prestigerg7 said:
Both are great, I originally had the GTX 770 with ACX coolers, had it for about a week when I realized my PSU wouldn't support a 2nd one in SLI down the road.

Since I had to go to a single card solution I wanted something to last at least 2 to maybe 3 years. I was going to get a GTX 780 but I figured what he heck, just another $150ish and I went with the TI.

Both cards worked great. With the 770 I had no problems maxing out games like assassins creed 4, bioshock infinite, skyrim, swtor, anno 2770, and a bunch more.
The TI obviously gave me higher frame rates, but since my screen runs at 60mhz, the 770 was easily able to achieve that.

As far as temperature, the 770 with the ACX coolers ran in the 65C degrees range. Rarely going up to 70C.

The 780 TI I got was from EVGA, super clocked with a reference cooler (I think it was only clocked like 50/60 mhz higher than stock) and it runs hot, around 75-80 during gaming. Although because of the reference cooler it blows the air outside the back of the case.


You maxed out Blackflag with a 770? What magic is this? I have the 770 2GB EVGA Superclocked with the ACX cooling, and I was struggling with the frame jumps, so I upped the settings until it stayed at 30 in most areas. I can't max out Anno either. As soon as I see land that has rivers, it shoots down to 30.


what's your CPU and is it OC'ed?


i5-4670k @ 3.8. I haven't bothered to push it to 4 yet.


well i can't really imagine it being a cpu bottle-neck then. i wonder what the difference is because im going to make a build similiar to yours soon. then again i don't know what that guys cpu is so it still could be a cpu issue if he really did get max settings. some games are still cpu heavy
April 2, 2014 2:33:19 PM

Layarion said:
Matthew T said:
Layarion said:
Matthew T said:
prestigerg7 said:
Both are great, I originally had the GTX 770 with ACX coolers, had it for about a week when I realized my PSU wouldn't support a 2nd one in SLI down the road.

Since I had to go to a single card solution I wanted something to last at least 2 to maybe 3 years. I was going to get a GTX 780 but I figured what he heck, just another $150ish and I went with the TI.

Both cards worked great. With the 770 I had no problems maxing out games like assassins creed 4, bioshock infinite, skyrim, swtor, anno 2770, and a bunch more.
The TI obviously gave me higher frame rates, but since my screen runs at 60mhz, the 770 was easily able to achieve that.

As far as temperature, the 770 with the ACX coolers ran in the 65C degrees range. Rarely going up to 70C.

The 780 TI I got was from EVGA, super clocked with a reference cooler (I think it was only clocked like 50/60 mhz higher than stock) and it runs hot, around 75-80 during gaming. Although because of the reference cooler it blows the air outside the back of the case.


You maxed out Blackflag with a 770? What magic is this? I have the 770 2GB EVGA Superclocked with the ACX cooling, and I was struggling with the frame jumps, so I upped the settings until it stayed at 30 in most areas. I can't max out Anno either. As soon as I see land that has rivers, it shoots down to 30.


what's your CPU and is it OC'ed?


i5-4670k @ 3.8. I haven't bothered to push it to 4 yet.


well i can't really imagine it being a cpu bottle-neck then. i wonder what the difference is because im going to make a build similiar to yours soon


It's not really a problem that I can't max it out, but I was just surprised he could. I can max out quite a lot of my games, and the rest I can play at very high settings. Games like Crysis 3 and Metro: Last Light look amazing on my computer, and play at great frame rates.
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The real question is will you go over 1080p?
If no, grab the 770, cus it will crush every top-notched graphics games you throw at it.
If yes, 770 performance is not very good above 1080p.
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