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My First Build -- Revised

I've made one post before, but I'm so anxious about making sure I am making the right decisions, I wanted to post just one more time.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3qdII

I need to know if my video card is necessary, or if I should do a smaller video card for now, and use the SLI feature to add another one later.

Also, can that video card run my 1920x1080 screen fine?


If I should keep my 4gb video card, then should I get a cheaper motherboard? As I wouldn't ever be using the SLI feature?


Thanks in advance!
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  1. If your video card is necessary? Are you planning to do a gaming PC?
  2. the only way to really justify that card is to be doing gaming and if you are, it will get 1080p on ultra/high just fine at 60FPS AND if that doesn't cut it for you this card particularly is amazing in SLI and a 2 way SLI out preforms a GTX 690 for ~$300 cheaper (kinda in love with this card)
  3. Don't get the 4GB version of that card, you'll be wasting your money as you'll never use that much vram at the resolutions that card is capable of playing. Only 2 scenarios require 4GB, 4K gaming or extreme texture mods for games, and the 770 cannot do 4K and you'll most likely see low fps with texture packs installed.
  4. I will be playing games, but nothing to extreme. WOW, COD, (MAYBE BF4). I'll also be playing a lot of games on Steam. (Half Life, CSS, etc)

    So should I get a 2GB card, and if I notice it's not enough...I could always get another if it's compatible with SLI? (I may also be doing dual screens a little bit)


    I will also hopefully be doing some video/photo editing in the future. Which is why I chose the 8350 as the CPU. A bunch of people tell me to go i5, but never make sense when trying to tell me why it's better.


    I just want to be able to play a lot of these games on high or very high settings. And If necessary I'd like to be able to upgrade easily.

    Thanks for the quick responses, guys!


    OH YEAH, and I don't know much about overclocking....but after doing research I think I may dabble in it a bit. Unless I shouldn't. I don't know.
  5. The build you made looks good. I would go with that.
  6. Looking good, drop to the 2GB GPU and might take a look at the Asus CU model, OCs very well and runs nice and cool
  7. Best answer
    TechCIDLC said:
    The build you made looks good. I would go with that.


    I agree the build is good, however I would do either of these 2 changes:

    A) Save $50 and drop down to this MSI 770 2GB
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n770tf2gd5oc

    B) Spend $40 more and get this PowerColor TurboDuo R9 290 4GB
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-axr92904gbd5tdheoc
  8. If I went with Option A, would it really be worth dropping to 2gb's for just $50? I mean, in the future if I needed more gb's for my gpu...wouldn't it have just made sense to not downgrade?

    And Option B, What is the benefit of changing to that card?

    I'm very excited to be so close to finally making a decision!
  9. Brandersnatcher said:
    If I went with Option A, would it really be worth dropping to 2gb's for just $50? I mean, in the future if I needed more gb's for my gpu...wouldn't it have just made sense to not downgrade?

    And Option B, What is the benefit of changing to that card?

    I'm very excited to be so close to finally making a decision!


    Although it's true that games might start to use more vram in the future, it's hard to say right now how well a 770 will perform in 2, 3 or even 4 years from now. Even with 4GB if 1440p or 4K gaming become the "norm" in a few years, a 770 might not be able to play new games at decent fps, even if you use sli. It is really hard to foretell how well a card will perform in a few years, what we do know now is that 2GB is more than enough for 1080p gaming and it will serve you well.

    As for going with a 290, well that card is slightly faster than a 780, so it should hold up even better than a 770 will. It only comes with 4GB ram, so you don't have to worry about that and at $409 for a 290 with a custom cooler it's a pretty good deal. That was the launch price for that card using AMD's horrible reference cooler before the lite coin craze.
  10. ekagori said:
    Brandersnatcher said:
    If I went with Option A, would it really be worth dropping to 2gb's for just $50? I mean, in the future if I needed more gb's for my gpu...wouldn't it have just made sense to not downgrade?

    And Option B, What is the benefit of changing to that card?

    I'm very excited to be so close to finally making a decision!


    Although it's true that games might start to use more vram in the future, it's hard to say right now how well a 770 will perform in 2, 3 or even 4 years from now. Even with 4GB if 1440p or 4K gaming become the "norm" in a few years, a 770 might not be able to play new games at decent fps, even if you use sli. It is really hard to foretell how well a card will perform in a few years, what we do know now is that 2GB is more than enough for 1080p gaming and it will serve you well.

    As for going with a 290, well that card is slightly faster than a 780, so it should hold up even better than a 770 will. It only comes with 4GB ram, so you don't have to worry about that and at $409 for a 290 with a custom cooler it's a pretty good deal. That was the launch price for that card using AMD's horrible reference cooler before the lite coin craze.



    Will I need to get a cooler of some sort with the 770? I mean, If I don't need the 4 gb, I may as well go with the 2 gb then. I shouldn't need to upgrade for a little while.

    Anything else you can think of? Different brands, or anything at all? I really want to be happy with this build, and not regret anything.

    Oh, and one last thing (I appreciate your time SO much)..My case is back-ordered, and so it wont ship out for like a week or more. So I think I may change it. Any suggestions? Good airflow, USB 3.0, plenty of room for everything, easy installation (No annoying screws to change hard drives and such), And anything else you can think of.
  11. Looking good, shouldn't need any additional cooling for the GPU, unless planning to OC it high, and even then the Asus CU will be fine if you decide on that one ;)
  12. Brandersnatcher said:
    ekagori said:
    Brandersnatcher said:
    If I went with Option A, would it really be worth dropping to 2gb's for just $50? I mean, in the future if I needed more gb's for my gpu...wouldn't it have just made sense to not downgrade?

    And Option B, What is the benefit of changing to that card?

    I'm very excited to be so close to finally making a decision!


    Although it's true that games might start to use more vram in the future, it's hard to say right now how well a 770 will perform in 2, 3 or even 4 years from now. Even with 4GB if 1440p or 4K gaming become the "norm" in a few years, a 770 might not be able to play new games at decent fps, even if you use sli. It is really hard to foretell how well a card will perform in a few years, what we do know now is that 2GB is more than enough for 1080p gaming and it will serve you well.

    As for going with a 290, well that card is slightly faster than a 780, so it should hold up even better than a 770 will. It only comes with 4GB ram, so you don't have to worry about that and at $409 for a 290 with a custom cooler it's a pretty good deal. That was the launch price for that card using AMD's horrible reference cooler before the lite coin craze.



    Will I need to get a cooler of some sort with the 770? I mean, If I don't need the 4 gb, I may as well go with the 2 gb then. I shouldn't need to upgrade for a little while.

    Anything else you can think of? Different brands, or anything at all? I really want to be happy with this build, and not regret anything.

    Oh, and one last thing (I appreciate your time SO much)..My case is back-ordered, and so it wont ship out for like a week or more. So I think I may change it. Any suggestions? Good airflow, USB 3.0, plenty of room for everything, easy installation (No annoying screws to change hard drives and such), And anything else you can think of.


    If your case is back ordered i'd recommend you look at the Corsair 300R or BitFenix Shinobi at the $65 range, good cases.

    As for the card either as Tradesman1 says the Asus DC2 which is $328
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx770dc2oc2gd5

    Or the MSI Twin Frozer which is $319
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n770tf2gd5oc

    From those two I'd go with the MSI, not just because it's cheaper but because the Twin Frozer cooler is one of the best out there and it comes clocked 400Mhz higher than the Asus.

    Either way both cards would be solid choices
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